World Tourism Day
Tourism doesn’t mean travelling away for thousands of miles; it can just mean rediscovering the brilliance and beauty locally. This World Tourism Day, allow Birmingham, and all its many landmarks, to wow you and show you unseen layers of this vibrant city.
Celebrated annually on the 27th September, World Tourism Day is designed to promote the value of tourism and encourage people to celebrate, and make use of, their local tourist hotspots. Situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre, The Cube is a must-visit. Nestled amongst the old Victorian brick buildings which pocket the city, The Cube encapsulates Birmingham’s eclectic character and its unique fusion of the old with the new. For those looking to experience all that Birmingham has to offer, why not take the time this World Tourism Day to meander along the streets and canals of Birmingham city centre with our little Birmingham walking route? Running from the Bullring right up to The Cube, this route is designed to showcase the variety and diversity of the city centre and all its many landmarks.
First off, let’s start with Birmingham Bullring. Aptly named after the iconic bull statue that sits in its centre, the Bullring is the UK’s largest city-based shopping centre and the centrepiece of every shopaholic’s dreams. While you’re there, why not pop into Birmingham’s Grand Central station? Home to Birmingham’s largest train station, New Street, this ultra-modern shopping centre is overflowing with everything from high-end brands like Jo Malone and Oliver Bonas to delicious restaurants like Pho and Yo Sushi. If you need any more persuasion, celeb A-lister, Tom Cruise, was even spotted filming the latest Mission Impossible instalment within Grand Central’s hallowed walls. After all, what’s good enough for Tom Cruise…
From there, why not head up along New Street towards Birmingham City Council House and the iconically named ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ fountain? A grand building in a classical architecture style, Birmingham City Council House is easily one of Birmingham’s most beautiful sites and a reminder of the city’s past. Partially home to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, this stunning building contains many wonders, not least the Staffordshire Hoard and an outstanding collection of pre-Raphaelite art.
For the culture buffs of this world, venture along just five minutes further and pop into the rather distinctive-looking Library of Birmingham. The UK’s biggest public library and one of the largest cultural spaces in Europe, this recognisable, postmodernist building is a utopia for any resident bookworm. From there, proceed along through the ICC and the Birmingham Symphony Hall to the charmingly contemporary Brindley Place. Full of family-favourite restaurant chains and Birmingham’s Ikon art gallery, this little area is also a vibrant nightlife hotspot.
To round off your little walking trip, take the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll along the waterways that brought Birmingham its historical fame until you reach your final destination, The Cube. Largely seen as one of the city’s most defining landmarks, The Cube is home to an array of restaurants, bars, a stunning hotel and a boutique bowling alley. If you’re looking for fresh yet convenient food for a quick pit-stop, then head to JAQKS where you’ll discover the best chicken and chips using the highest quality, local ingredients. For the sushi fan, there is the amazing Shogun restaurant, which serves traditional Japanese cuisine with a theatrical flair, while for those keen on their red meats, there is Rodizio Rico – a Brazilian bar and restaurant. Alternately, for those eager to experience dinner with a view, there is Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Offering unmatched panoramic views of the city, this stylish restaurant will provide a relaxing and indulgent dining experience – the perfect way to round off your Birmingham day trip.
At The Cube