Here are loads of things that you can do in Birmingham, whilst you are here for the GP!
GP Birmingham is nearly upon us and everyone in the UK MTG community is extremely excited. There are tons of things that you can do at the GP venue– even if you’re not taking part in the main event! In fact here are 5 Great Things To Do At GP Birmingham (Other Than The Main Event!), by Michael Glover.
But what if you’re here for a few days and would like to venture outside of the venue; check out the many interesting things that Birmingham city has to offer; eat; drink; see; do, and be merry? What if you, like many other Magic players travelling to GP events, do so not only to play Magic but also as an opportunity to see the world? Well here is some great news, for a relatively low price (approximately £3.70 one way), you can catch a train directly from the NEC, where the venue is, to Grand Central (Birmingham New Street Station), Birmingham’s most recently completed multi-million pound redevelopment project. Within only 12 minutes, you will be in the heart of Birmingham, and the heart of England itself.
Once you have arrived at Grand Central Birmingham, you can walk to most of the places mentioned in the lists below. If you are driving, then that’s not a problem at all, there many very cost effective all-day parking options available, in fact you can park right next to Manaleak for just £1.20 per hour, or £4.30 all day. You can find directions and parking information here. Again, this will take you directly into the Birmingham city centre, and from here you can walk to many of the establishments listed.
What I’ve done is researched some articles and guides that I, as a mid-30s Birmingham native (aka a “Brummie”) feel best represent things that I like to do in the city. They might not be to everyone’s taste, but they should hopefully be to most peoples’ taste. I’ve tried to be a bit more broad too, to cater towards as many different needs and interests as possible. I frequent a lot of these places, and would recommend you giving most of them a try too. And finally, before we start, I would like to say that we are not affiliated with ChannellFireball, Wizards of the Coast, or GP Birmingham in any way. We just want to make sure that you, as a fellow Magic player, and as someone visiting Birmingham, have as memorable and as enjoyable an experience as possible.
That said, if you have not done so already, please do consider preregistering your GP Birmingham experience as soon as possible. This will make life a lot easier for you, and for the organisers too. You can do this now via the GP Birmingham schedule and preregistration page here.
OK, ready? Lets go!
72 Things to do in Birmingham before you die (or, leave!)
With new restaurants and bars opening by the score, flocking to Birmingham as if compelled by some foodie lodestone, inspiring projects taking off and awesome events occurring all over the city – there’s an indescribable electricity about Birmingham at the moment, a tangible excitement of new things on the horizon.
Be sure to use this guide to discover the city and explore the real Birmingham.
19 FREE things to do in Birmingham and beyond!
Sightseeing doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend a fortune – and enjoying what Birmingham has to offer definitely doesn’t have to result in an empty wallet. There are plenty of things to do in the city – or not too far away – where there is no ticket price or admission charge. Yes, it is possible to do Brum on a budget, and today the Birmingham Mail will show you how.
Check out Birmingham’s hidden gems!
Independent businesses are the life-blood of Birmingham. Due to high rent prices in the city, alongside other factors, often these independents (the cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and shops that lend a special character to Birmingham) are tucked out of the way down side streets or are located in areas deemed ‘less desirable’ due to low footfall. In my experience these independent businesses tend to be the best establishments in their respective industries in Birmingham and are much more worthy of your time, and funds.
We’re here to shine a light on these magnificent local businesses, tucked out of sight but forever earning a place in our hearts. Please do check out, Birmingham’s hidden gems.
Here’s a list of things to do in Birmingham via TripAdvisor
Yup, you’ve probably done this already, but its a good catch all, and in case you haven’t… well, here it is!
Love coffee? Check out the best coffee shops in Birmingham
Coffee – the first line of defence against the daily grind. All over the world, as a muted dawn breaks over the horizon, thousands (nay millions) of us reach for that glorious black nectar – clinging to our cups as a shipwreck survivor might cling to a piece of driftwood way out to sea. For many it’s the only way to drag ourselves from the deep grip of sleep, for others it has become a passion – with every cup being brewed with love, precision and care. Whether it’s sipped with love or simple need, devotion or practicality, coffee is a way of life and scattered across the city are scores of caffeine havens dedicated to this mysterious and most perfect brew.
Eat out at Birmingham’s best independent burger joints!
Here is the Independent Birmingham’s gloriously mouth-watering guide to Birmingham’s best burger joints, and the lowdown on the best places to get your burger fix!
Please note that at the time that the article above was written, the Meat Shack had not yet opened for business as a brick and mortar (they were formally a street food stall). It is now opened for business and I’d highly recommend giving their burgers, and their fries a try. They are also within 5 minutes walk of Grand Central Birmingham.
Enjoy the best beer gardens in Birmingham!
There are many many beer gardens in Birmingham, luckily Independent Birmingham is here to help you make the right choice and, through extensive research and countless hours spent in the pub, they’ve compiled a most glorious list of the very best beer gardens in Birmingham. Set phasers to chug!
Fancy doing the Birmingham city centre bar crawl? Is that even a good idea?!
Recently Independent Birmingham published a critically-acclaimed article entitled ‘The Ultimate Jewellery Quarter Bar Crawl’, where they led you on a daring trail of drink and more drink, hopping from one independent bar to the next in Birmingham’s delightful JQ. today, they’ve come up with yet another inventive way for you to drink alcohol.
Here’s their nifty guide to the Ultimate Birmingham City Centre Bar Crawl!
Visit the Manaleak Gaming Centre, play some games, do some trades, and pick up some stuff!
And last but certainly not least, you can’t play Magic and not visit our gaming centre in Birmingham, we’are situated right in the city centre and about a 5 minute walk from New Street Station! We’re open from 10am to 11pm weekdays and 10am to 8pm at weekends. We cater for all tabletop games, including board games, miniature wargames, and of course Magic: the Gathering!
And finally, again, if you have not done so already, please do consider preregistering your GP Birmingham experience as soon as possible. You can do this now via the GP Birmingham schedule and preregistration page here.
I think that should just about cover everything that you might want to do in Birmingham. If you have any questions about this fine city, or even about GP Birmingham itself then please do let us know in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Whatever you choose to do in the end; have fun, and good luck!