The most Instagrammable places in Birmingham
Birmingham isn’t given enough credit. There are plenty of amazing places that you can find hidden within the city.
From natural parks, historic canals, cultural quarters to cosmopolitan avenues, Birmingham is full of gorgeous places for you to explore. The millions of tourists that visit this diverse city each year photograph the best of Birmingham, making it easier for you to decide where’s best to visit. Even if you’re a local or a student at one of the universities and just want to know where’s good for an artsy photo, we’re here to show you the most Instagrammable places in the city.
Home to exciting new bars and international cuisine in a picturesque canal side location, Brindleyplace has become one of the most exciting places to visit in Birmingham. Set along one of Birmingham’s canals, this unique location provides you with amazing views and year-round events. Sit in one of the canalside cafes and enjoy watching the canal boats float past.
The Mailbox is an upmarket shopping centre and office development in Birmingham’s city centre. The destination for exclusive shopping, lifestyle and restaurants, this is the place to be. Situated next to Brindleyplace, it offers the perfect day of shopping and dining with a view. Known for its stand-out red exterior and illuminated restaurant scene that lights up the canals below, you won’t find a more romantic place to photograph at night in Birmingham.
This public square is well known in Birmingham for its beautiful cherry blossom trees that offset the Neo-Gothic architectural designs of the buildings behind. This hidden square is host to the famous Ikon Gallery and a chic Italian restaurant called Cielo. Get lost in the floral shades of pink and white that shine through the cherry blossom trees in this picturesque square.
The Chinese Quarter
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Located just five minutes away from New Street Station is one of Birmingham’s most vibrant and cultural quarters. Wander through the artistic surroundings, where you’ll see Chinese inspired architecture and detailed roofs with historic scenes typical of the Silk Road. Filled with varied ethnic restaurants and bars, enjoy the lantern-filled streets and delicious food on offer.
The Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston
The Botanical Gardens, based in Edgbaston, involves four amazing glasshouses including beautiful gardens, a rain forest, an arid desert to a playground and a tea room outside: this is claimed as one of Birmingham’s most picturesque locations that you need to visit. A Victorian public park, there is also a bandstand which is surrounded by landscaped greenery. Get lost in their Butterfly House or discover plants that are a rarity in the UK in their Tropical and Subtropical glasshouses.
The Custard Factory
Located in Digbeth, the arts quarter of Birmingham, this hidden cluster of independent shops and creative and digital workspaces is a leading place for alternative culture outside London. Set in 15 acres of beautifully restored Victorian factories, the Custard Factory is the heart of Birmingham’s buzzing creative and digital district. Walk around its colourful streets and admire the incredible street art on every wall.
Now if you’re looking for some Instagrammable street art, Digbeth is the place for you. Known as the artistic quarter of Birmingham, this area is full of art and design houses situated among industrial warehouses. Digbeth is home to a great selection of music and food venues, giving you plenty to do after you’ve finished exploring the creative quarter admiring the street art lurking on every street corner.
The Secret Garden, The Library of Birmingham
Amongst the rich collection of books held in The Library of Birmingham, you will also find that this library has two elevated outdoor garden terraces which offer an environment for visitors to unwind, relax and view the city streets below. Find yourself in either ‘The Discover Terrace’ or ‘The Secret Garden’ located on the third and seventh floor of the library. With an initiative to make the city more economically friendly, you’ll be welcomed into the terrace by a range of plants—including fruit, veg and herbs—that have been planted by volunteers from the library.
A pedestrianised square located between three streets: New Street, Colmore Row and Paradise Street, with a backdrop of Birmingham’s elegant town hall. It was previously known as Council House square but was renamed Victoria Square after a statue of Queen Victoria was added in the early 1900’s; this location offers visitors and locals a perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.