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15 Reasons Why Archtrove Travels To Birmingham

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 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. 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).


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.



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.



An independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Deritend Birmingham, England. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard factory.



The Tower at the University was the inspiration for the Twin Towers in the JRR Tolkien books. The tower is still standing and has been for some time.



A recent development comprising of shops and restaurants. This was the former site of the post office hence the name.


Designed by a Spanish architect, the grand central station replaces the old new street station. The revamp includes new eateries and shops.



Set in pigeon park, the cathedral is a monument to behold. People gather to sit in the park and centre themselves around the cathedral.



Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert hall and venue for popular assemblies opened in 1834 and situated in Victoria Square.



A 25 storey mixed-use development in the centre of Birmingham, England. It contains 135 flats, offices, shops, a hotel and a ‘skyline’ restaurant.


Gas Street Basin is a canal basin in the centre of Birmingham, England, where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal meets the BCN Main Line.



Millennium Point is a multi-use meeting complex in Birmingham. The building is constructed mainly as a cuboid, with a cylindrical offshoot holding the cinema. This annexe glows different colours at night.



Winterbourne Botanic Garden is the botanic garden of the University of Birmingham. Set in 7 acres, it is notable as a rare surviving example of an early 20th-century high-status suburban “villa” garden.



Selly Manor is a timber-framed building in Bournville, that was moved to its current site in 1916 by the chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist George Cadbury.



Aston Hall is a magnificent seventeenth-century red-brick mansion situated in a public park on the north side of Birmingham.



The Victoria Law Courts is a Grade I listed red brick and terracotta building. The interior, including the Great Hall, is faced with sandy-yellow terracotta and intricate ornamentation.


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Archtrove Travels To York – Harry Potter Inspo

York is the place you think of to experience old-school English charm, with its historical references, its quaint and charming streets and its knooks and crannies.


York Minister

Most famous of its buildings is the York Minister. Proudly sitting in the square with surrounding shops, which would have once been the market, it would have stood over, keeping a watchful eye on the townspeople. It still does.

Young Wizards and York

In recent times, The Shambles has become known to become the home of fictional Diagon Alley from the fabulous written Harry Potter, or at least the inspiration for it causing an abundant of wizardry shops to take hold. To be fair to J.K. Rowling it is not hard to see why the streets of York would not be a place fit for the wizardry world.

Cobbled Streets and York

With its cobbled streets and prehistoric stone monuments, it is not hard to see why it was a nominee for a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Trawling through these small, narrow streets going off in every direction is no mean feat to encompass for travellers. The city is, as it was in its Roman times.

Stone Walls and York

A sturdy stone wall surrounds the whole of York city centre, one of the longest lasting walls currently occupying Britain. Set a couple of metres higher than the city it makes for a great walk and view of the town.

Architectural Sites in York

  • The Wall
  • The Shambles



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Archtrove Travels To Jewellery Quarter – Brums Hidden Gem

Historically the area of Jewellery Quarter has been the birthplace of many pioneering advancements in industrial technology but since the decline the area resulted in delapidation. One sector that has not declined in the jewellery sector, with numerous shops and a school and the name of course.

Its old school charn still exists in these derelict buildings and wonky roads some of which are protected through conservation work and are as a result grade listed, but some being transformed.

Transforming into a young urban hub for design and tech. And a film site ( ready player one).

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5 Transport Hubs Archtrove Finds In Birmingham

Birmingham is the second-largest city in England and located in the West Midlands region. Although it has multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals. However, nowadays, people travel to Birmingham in different ways.


Birmingham Airport is an international airport flying to numerous destinations. It is located on the outskirts and serves the whole of the midlands, international.


Grand Central is a shopping centre located above New Street railway station. Although the station has been around for a while, it has recently been revamped.



Birmingham Coach Station is a major coach interchange in Digbeth



Birmingham Curzon Street railway station is the planned High Speed 2 terminus station in the city centre of Birmingham. It was once a former railway station.



Birmingham Moor Street is one of three main railway stations in the city centre of Birmingham, England.


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5 Buildings That Send Archtrove To Historical Birmingham

Birmingham, as a city has been around for a long time and therefore is no surprise has many historical buildings.

  1. Winterbourne House and Gardens

Winterbourne House and Garden are situated in leafy Edgbaston near the University of Birmingham. It is an early Edwardian 20th-century villa suburban house and garden set in 7 acres. A Grade II listed building, it has housed prominent families and has been known for its illustrious gardens.

2. Black Country Museum

An open-air museum based in Dudley, consisting of 26 acres of historic buildings including a former railway goods yard, canal arm, former coal pits and rebuilt historical buildings. Great for teaching children about the Victorian age what life would have been like.

3. Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum

This Victorian Baroque Museum, is a Grade II listed city centre landmark building housing over 40 galleries with collections, both locally and internationally, ranging from art to history. It first opened in 1885 and has since been famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the largest public collection in the world. It also reflects on local Birmingham history.

4. Soho House Museum

Soho House is a Grade II* listed 18th-century house in Handsworth. It was the home of Matthew Boulton until his death in 1809. It has now been restored and is now a museum, run by Birmingham Museums Trust, celebrating Boulton’s life and collection. It houses a collection of ormolu, silver, furniture and paintings.

5. Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall is a grade II* listed Tudor building in Yardley. It is one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham and is a typical example of Tudor architecture with the use of darkened timber and wattle-and-daub infill, with an external lime render which is painted white. The hall became a museum in 1935 after centuries of use as a private home and its parlour was renovated. Its purpose was to display the history of the local medieval manors which comprise Birmingham.

6. Selly Manor

Selly Manor is a timber cruck-framed, 14th-century building, in England, dating back to at least 1327. Originally the manor house of the village of Bournbrook in Worcestershire, it was relocated to the nearby Bournville district in the early 20th century. It is now operated as a museum and venue for functions including weddings, for which it is licensed. It houses the Laurence Cadbury furniture collection.

7. Highbury Hall

Highbury is a Grade II* listed building, was commissioned as his Birmingham residence by Joseph Chamberlain in 1878. It received its name from the Highbury area of London, where Chamberlain lived as a child. The house incorporates much terracotta decoration. Adjacent to the house was Chamberlain’s famous orchid houses. The gardens were magnificent and included a lake.

8. Council Hall

The Birmingham City Council House is located in Victoria Square in the city centre and is a Grade II* listed building. The side of the building, which faces Chamberlain Square, is the entrance and façade of the Museum and Art Gallery which is partly housed in the same building. It provides office accommodation for both employed council officers, including the Chief Executive, and elected council members, plus the council chamber, Lord Mayor’s Suite, committee rooms and a large and ornate banqueting suite, complete with minstrel’s gallery. The first-floor’s exterior balcony is used by visiting dignitaries and victorious sports teams, to address crowds assembled below.

9. St Philips Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip is the Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham. Built as a parish church and consecrated in 1715, St Philip’s became the cathedral of the newly formed Diocese of Birmingham in 1905. St Philip’s was built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style by Thomas Archer and is located in Colmore Row, Birmingham, England. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.

  1. Birmingham University

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston. The main campus of the university occupies a site some 3 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre, in Edgbaston. It is arranged around Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower. Chamberlain may be considered the founder of Birmingham University and was largely responsible for the university gaining its Royal Charter in 1900 and for the development of the Edgbaston campus. The university’s Great Hall is located in the domed Aston Webb Building. The initial 25-acre site was given to the university in 1900 by Lord Calthorpe.

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Archtrove Travels To Hidden Birmingham – the gems of the city

Like with all cities, Birmingham has hidden areas that are not obvious but are just as beautiful and just as much a must to visit when visiting Birmingham. These define what is Birmingham and are truly hidden gems.

1. Jeweller Quarter

Historically, the heart of the jewellery industry, hence its name, now an up and coming area with numerous independent shops. Hidden within walking distance of the centre of Birmingham, it is fast becoming the hot spot for young people. However, jewellery is still very much at the heart of it.

2. Custard Factory

The Custard Factory is an independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Digbeth. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard factory in the industrial district of Digbeth, it is now home to a thriving working community of creative & digital businesses, independent shops and cafes and bars. They include hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses.

3. Gas Street Basin

Gas Street Basin is a canal basin in the centre of Birmingham, where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal meets the BCN Main Line. It is also situated near high-end restaurants, shops and bars. Nestled between, are new development flats and luxury apartments.

4. Bourneville

Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate. Full of a chocolate box housing and is designed as a cute quaint village atmosphere.

5. Sutton Coldfield

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, lies 7 miles from the centre of Birmingham. It is an affluent suburban town with millionaire mansions and a sought after area in terms of housing. As a result, it has redeveloped the town and now includes a multitude of independent shops and cafes. One of its main features is its large park and ample green spaces.

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