Grand Central, Birmingham at New Street Station

Day 1. A weekend in Birmingham

Meeting my son for a weekend away in the U.K. has usually resulted in trips to London or Edinburgh so for a change we decided to explore Britain's second city, Birmingham.  Strangely, Birmingham isn't a city I am familiar with, in fact I've only ever visited three times and then only to attend courses and …

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Birmingham Canal Boats

Day 2.  Exploring Birmingham 

After a leisurely breakfast we were ready for a morning of sightseeing in Birmingham's city centre.  Our first stop was to the Great Western Arcade, an elegant Victorian shopping arcade built in 1876 over the Great Western Railway line.  The arcade has two entrances, one on Temple Row and the other on Colmore Row, the …

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Black Country Museum Entrance

Day 3.  The Black Country Living Museum

The weather forecast seemed reasonable so we decided to spend the day at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands, ten miles west of Birmingham.  Although the museum's postal address is Dudley, the nearest railway station is Tipton.  We bought return rail tickets costing approximately £5 each for the 20 minute journey from …

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National Trust Back to Backs Museum, Birmingham

Day 4. The Birmingham Back to Backs

After checking out of our hotel and leaving our luggage to collect later, we set ourselves up for the day with cooked breakfasts in a nearby pub and then made our way to Hurst Street where we had booked a tour of the Birmingham Back to Backs terraced houses which are now operated as a museum …

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