Birmingham City Centre – UK Travel Vlog 2018

Birmingham City Centre – UK Travel Vlog 2018


When you google “City of canals”, guess what shows up? Venice. But actually, Birmingham, in England, has more miles of canals than Venice or Amsterdam This is Britain’s second largest city, only after London Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you on a walk to the main areas of the city centre of Birmingham in England You’re going to be able to see what are the things to do in Birmingham and how you can enjoy the city I love how easy and great it is to walk here There are so many pedestrian streets full of shops, restaurants, entertainment Everything seems to be interconnected and easy to reach This is Cathedral Square and the Cathedral here is one of the oldest buildings in the city still used for its original purpose The construction finished in 1715, which makes this more than 300 years old And until 1859 they used to bury people here in the church yard More than 60 thousand people were buried here During summer, ‘Brummies’ relax on the grass, enjoy the sun… it’s nice! So now let’s walk to another nice square in town Victoria [Renata] Were you trying to scare the birds?
[Gordon] Yeah Well, it didn’t work! Here we are, just five minutes away This square is named after Queen Victoria And here you can see two of the most beautiful historical buildings in Birmingham This is the Council House, which is the seat of the local government And over there, the Town Hall, which is a concert hall During the Victorian England, various monumental town halls were built all over England, but this was the first Also this building revives the Roman architecture with the columns, do you see? And it was the first significant construction in the 19th century to do that Museum and Art Gallery… Look at that, free entry This is New Street, one of the most famous streets in Birmingham If you go straight here you arrive at the Bullring, which is a major commercial area Actually, that’s where we’re ending this downtown tour, later But first Look at this now, Centenary Square Three very important and modern buildings Symphony Hall and the Convention Center over there And right here, the Library This is the largest public library in Europe. A million printed volumes, pretty impressive Inside the Convention Center From here we reach the canals and it’s a whole new place To explain the importance of the canals here, let’s go back a few centuries Birmingham was in the heart of the Industrial Revolution, which led to trades, to growth,… And as a consequence, all this that we see today The canals saw the beginning of it all and contributed for that So, traditionally they were associated with this industrial past, but look at it now It’s one of the nicest areas in Birmingham This is how it was in the beginning and with all the changes they made, how nice it became You can come here for a stroll, to enjoy a nice meal, for a canal cruise Here they’re famous for these narrow boats, this is really the name, ‘Narrowboat’ We’re going for an hour long tour It’s so interesting that the boats are covered like this This means that you can have a tour no matter the weather Look at how narrow this passage is here Now I understand why the boats have to be narrow The audio guide explains what we’re seeing and how the canals were used Each company back then had a different color for their boats. It was part of their branding Marketing 101 Thank you very much! All right, cheers, bye! So many options here to eat. I’m gonna choose somewhere now [Gordon] Outside? Inside or out? Let’s go outside. Let’s go. Hi! [Waitress] A seat for a drink?
[Gordon] No, for lunch [Waitress] For lunch? Yeah?
[Renata] Yeah Very nice, very nice place to sit down, have a meal, look at this! They have Balti here, we’ll have to try this Probably next time [Waitress] Thank you so much
[Renata] Thank you Thank you [Gordon] You got two beef patties and it’s juicy
[Renata] Yeah! [Gordon] Oh yeah! This is huge! Our first meal in Britain had to be fish and chips Let’s go up real quick to see Broad Street This is Birmingham’s party street, where bars, restaurants, pubs are located [Man] How lovely is she?
[Gordon] Lovely! [Renata] Very! Back to the canal! If you want to come for a stroll the best area is between Brindleyplace and the Mailbox, a high-end shopping center An 8 minute walk from the Mailbox and here we are, at another historical area These are the Back to Back houses. This is how people lived a hundred years ago Do you see how small the houses are? This totally reminds me of Peaky Blinders, the TV show. It’s in Birmingham! There are only 11 of these remaining here in Birmingham, and they did something so cool They opened up two of them for people to stay like an Airbnb I checked to see if one of them would be available during this time, but no. Someone is staying there We’re almost ending the tour and some people will say I saved the best for last This is Saint Martin’s Square, about seven minutes from the Back to Back houses And this is Saint Martin in the Bullring It’s a church and Bullring is the name of this area here But for a city with such historical importance, you don’t see a lot of historical attractions in the city center In fact, most of the city center was destroyed during World War II Birmingham overcomes this mainly with arts and shopping. Shopping here is considered the best in the UK outside of London And this is what this area is all about Welcome to the Bullring! I just saw a jewelry store there and remembered. Birmingham is also very famous for jewelry Actually, 40% of the jewelry in the entire UK are made here. There’s even a place here called Jewelry Quarter, with more than 100 jewelers Lots of shops and even a museum When you hear ‘bullring’ what comes to mind? A bull, right? There he is. The symbol of Birmingham An important British newspaper – The Independent Recently listed the world’s top ten public works of art and the bullring bull is right there Bullring is a major commercial area of central Birmingham In one shape or another it has been a market basically since the Middle Ages And today it is so full of shops here Outdoor, indoor, there’s an open market Hello! [Driver] Renata!
[Renata] Yep! So to close the day we left the city center and came to an area here called The Balti Triangle, which is famous for Balti, of course. This is a dish inspired by dishes from India and Pakistan And Birmingham is actually considered the Balti capital of England, as the dish was invented here in the seventies There are some fifty restaurants where you can try this here [Waiter] Are you OK with the spice?
[Gordon] Medium… mild [Waiter] Try this one then Thank you! So what is yours, again? Lamb Happy face! Seriously, this was the best dish I’ve tried in a long time My dish was mild, not very spicy. And it was a mix of chicken with cashew nuts and this cream It was delicious! When you come to Birmingham, you have to try Indian food. That’s the thing here [Driver] Thank you! And have a good night!
[Renata] Thank you! You too! I’m here in the UK to visit several destinations, ending in London So subscribe, if you want to see more of England In the next two vlogs, two amazing day trips from Birmingham. One has to do with a castle and the other with Shakespeare Hit the bell to be among the first ones to see It is so cool to be here seeing these historical houses, especially if you watch Peaky Blinders because the show is in Birmingham But, you know, don’t worry. You can actually understand what people say here! Their accent is not that strong

100 thoughts on “Birmingham City Centre – UK Travel Vlog 2018

  1. “I need someone to show me
    The things in life that I can't find” – Paranoid, Black Sabbath
    Wish I knew before that heavy metal was born in Birmingham! It would have certainly made it to the video 🤘

  2. I live in birmingham and ive been to bullring alot of times, ive been to Birmingham Rep centre and High Street.

  3. Even though I live here I couldn’t believe this was Birmingham. Until 0:59 there’s two officers standing over a guy on the floor 😂😂

  4. Just go to show that sometimes it takes looking through the eyes of a stranger to see what you take for granted. It certainly opened mine. This should be used by the city's tourist office.

  5. Birmingham CBD is improving all the time, great job using the canals. I dont hold much hope for the surrounding suburbs though, dont go wandering at night and stay at home if there is a black out (power out)…

  6. Really great video… u represented our Brummie city so well! I wish that you showed us Chinatown, Arcadian and the Gay Village which are amongst the best in the UK, im very sure people would have loved to see how great they are!!! Great vid

  7. I love your videos, thank you, Renata! You inspired me to go to Birmingham and make my own travel vlog about this city. Here is the link if you want to check it out
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut6lmsp1utQ&t=58s

  8. Nice video Renata, I'm considering moving from London to Birmingham next year and it helped me a lot to get to know better how the city actually looks like. By the way, your name is very Brazilian. Where are u from? Cheers

  9. Yeah Great informative video, love to watch your Great videos. God bless you. Much love and respect from Pakistan. 🌍🌹

  10. I am a Brummie born and bred and I would like to thank you for making such a wonderful and positive video about my city. I was so glad that you went to the Balti triangle for your Balti because if you had had it at the location where you had the fish and chips it would not have been authentic. They would have served it in one of those stainless steel bowls with handles whereas an authentic Balti is served in the cast iron Karahi in which it was cooked which was the case in the Balti you were served. One thing though. Birmingham was a beautiful city before WW2 as you alluded to but the Luftwaffe did not damage it as much as Birmingham City Council did in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Many wonderful Victorian buildings were demolished to be replaced by modern atrocities.

  11. A zoo, a theme park, a big nightclub next to the bullring, a leisure centre, or a monorail could nicely because it had everything else. The Vtp 200 was a good idea which could be revived. A vertiplex.🥂

  12. The Art Gallery has a collection of the best PRE -RAPHAELITE paintings in the world…they are simply STUNNING if you get chance to see them………and the Concert Hall is also STUNNING if you get chance to see a concert there…..

  13. Birmingham is a boring ugly shithole nothing there its very grey and depressing still living in the past and thier city has a lot of racism and segregation no integration at all.

  14. 90% of the city is such garbage that I, a long term resident of the city, have used travel videos like this to find out where the good stuff is. Did you know there are places where people dont get stabbed?

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  16. the best thing about the cathedral is the stained glass -_- … not any stained glass is technically a Pre-Raphaelites painting!

  17. She is Brazilian people. Like me.all countries are wonderful in the first year and then the reality hits you hard. She is still enchanted. I don't know Birmingham just London, the rough areas like Brixton, Croydon.

  18. I love Birmingham, especially in december when the german x-mas market is going on.
    Mr. Egg deserves an honourable mention as the best hangover food in the U.K.

  19. You never visited St Andrews, home of the most famous football club in the west midlands……………..Birmingham City F.C 😀

  20. My home city portrayed so beautifully, really showing birmingham is so much more than an ancient industrial powerhouse of the world .

  21. lets have this right…..
    You are showing everyone birmingham landmarks and views within 1/4 of a mile of birmingham…
    Reality is… step back another half a mile and your surrounded by the biggest shithole in England !
    I live here so trust me … i know…
    So if your gonna do a vlog…
    Make it an accurate one of birmingham… not just of a quarter mile radius of city centre !

  22. When you get into a club and you lock eyes on the most beautiful girl… an absolute stunner people said… a 10/10. You somehow manage to bring her home and then the next morning you realise in reality she was actually a 3/10- this is the scenario with this video vs actual Birmingham reality

  23. THANKS FOR SHARING INFO.

    BEING BORN & BRED IN BRUMISTAN, AS IS ALSO LOVINGLY CALLED.

    I HAVE NOT VISITED MOST OF THE PLACES YOU SHOWED. THANKS.

    YOU SHOULD HAVE ALSO VISITED THE 3 FAMOUS FOOTBALL CLUBS OF THE CITY :
    ASTON VILL FC
    BIRMINGHAM CITY
    WEST BROMWICH ALBION
    &
    WORLD RENOWNED EDGBASTON CRICKET GROUND

    BIRMINGHAM'S FAMOUS BOTANICAL GARDENS
    &
    CANNON HILL PARK

    WORLD FAMOUS CADBURYS CHOCOLATE FACTORY

    EXPLAINED ON MAP, WHY BIRMINGHAM IS CALLED 'HEART OF ENGLAND'

    SHOWN BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT, NEW STREET STATION

    INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE & NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE

    YOU MISSED OUT MENTIONING HEAVY METAL OZZIE OZBOURNE & REGGAE BAND UB40 CAME FROM THE CITY

    SEVERAL MILES FROM BIRMINGHAM, FAMOUS POET WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE HOME TOWN OF STRATFORD UPON AVON

    PLUS SHOWN ALL THE MAJOR RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD ARE PEACEFULLY PRACTISED IN BIRMINGHAM

    A GREAT EFFORT BY YOU THOUGH
    WELL DONE

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