Archtrove Travels To Birmingham – The underrated city

Birmingham, the second largest city in England is often overlooked even though it has some of the best things to see and do which include, the home to Lord of The Rings, Cadburys Factory and the Industrial Revolution.

Most of the city’s architecture is relatively new, and an expansion over the last 10 years has allowed some much-needed development to take place and that included some innovative suggestions including the first blobitecture to happen in the shape of the Selfridges building. Other modern buildings include Bullring Shopping Centre, Mailbox, The Cube and the Library of Birmingham

It is also home to some iconic traditional buildings such as the Custard factory, Cadburys World and Birmingham University (including the Tower inspo in Lord of the Rings). The tradition of it being a working-class town is still reminiscent when entering the city centre with its Brutalistic and Victorian Buildings but without these, there is no history to tell.

As someone who grew up here, I can assure you there are pretty parts to it and not just a strong accent.



Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is one of the most recent iconic buildings to define the city. With its striking circular facade, impressive interior and the largest library in Europe, its no wonder it is one of the best sites to see outside of London.


The REP Theatre

Once a renowned building, awarded by RIBA, it is now a historic relic displaying a historical story of the Theatre.


One of the most iconic buildings in Birmingham (which has put it on the Architectural map) is the Selfridges building with its blobitecture with *THOSE* iconic round circles.

Districts of Birmingham

Birmingham is also made up of various smaller districts including the leafy Edgbaston, known for its cricket, Bourneville for its chocolate box houses and Sutton Couldfield for its beautiful houses. Each area has its own distinct characteristics making it a collection of individuals, each as charming as the next.

Top 10 Buildings to Visit

  • Selfridges/Bullring
  • The Cube/Mailbox
  • Library of Birmingham
  • Birmingham University
  • Ikon Gallery
  • The Jewellery Quarter (not a building I know but definitely an area worth visiting)
  • St Philips Cathedrale
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  • Aston Hall
  • Winterbourne House

Blog Posts To Read

Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Top 5 Transport Hubs in Birmingham

Historic Buildings of Birmingham

Top 5 Hidden Areas to Visit in Birmingham

Top 10 Modern Buildings to Visit in Birmingham




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