Known as the second city of England (after London) and having more canals than Venice, Birmingham is emerging as a rather unique and diverse cultural city. Make sure you spend a couple of days in this vibrant yet homely city the next time you plan you English Adventure for you are likely to witness an international sporting event, a music festival, or the German Christmas Market, or even a grand scale celebration of an Indian religious holiday. A stroll around the city center will take you through these wonderfully named streets;
Not much navigation is required to get to this street that leads to New Street (Main Shopping Area)
No explanation required, Bridge Street obviously consists of a bridge. The twist is that it's an under bridge that goes below a housing complex and a canal.
The street sign was nice and blue and with a little help from an iPad application, now almost fluorescent.
With abundant canals, used for transporting goods in this previously industrial city, a walk along the canal side is a must. There are ducks, boat rides, restaurants, and spring/summer months sees an array of flowers alongside the waterways.
Not exactly a street sign, but more of a canal walkway marker.
You are likely to find historical plaques like the one above all around the city.
It's a small street with a tiny climb, so don't get intimidated by the name.
It's night life central of Birmingham with bars, cinema (there is only one), clubs, and high end restaurants next to small kebab joints. The street truly comes alive every Friday and Saturday night.
Along Broad Street you can find Birmingham's answer to the Hollywood Boulevard. With stars of famous local British personalities, it does not have the charm of the Hollywood Hand/Foot prints, but it gives you something to spot when there.
Brewmasters Bridge - I'm guessing there must have been something brewing around here ;-)
Saved my favorite alley for the last. I walk past this almost everyday when in Birmingham. It's a side street emerging from New Street (the main shopping street of Birmingham). It always brings a smile to my face 'cause it's nothing less than a name out of a Harry Potter book.
Hope you enjoyed this small street tour of Birmingham.