28 December 2016 Location Guides
As a canny traveller it is important to find value for money wherever you head. Some cities accommodate this nose for a bargain better than others. We happen to think Birmingham is one such city.
There are all sorts of things to be getting on with whilst in the UK’s second-largest city that can keep that hard-earned cash of yours firmly in your pocket. To start, you’d do well to consider booking a stay with easyHotel for some of the cheapest rooms in Birmingham.
Make our hotel a base for your stay and venture out into the city, trying the following cheap thrills:
The Jewellery Quarter
You’ll never guess what you can find in this quarter of the city. If you guessed anything but jewellery, you’d be wrong. In Birmingham’s does-what-it-says-on-the-tin award, this one comes out on top every time. OK, so jewellery. You’re thinking, “I came here hoping for cheap,” but simply window shopping and exploring this historic part of the city is enough of a joy. You could also head to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter for a free lesson on the intriguing history of the area.
The Custard Factory
Any guesses? Custard? Wrong. This is actually the creative hub of the city. You can walk through the Custard Factory and pop into the variety of galleries and independent stores or cafes. Found in Digbeth, this is THE hipster hangout in Birmingham. There are regular talks and shows to attend in this area. You would do well to check the listings online before heading down to ensure you find something you want to attend.
The Tolkien Trail
Because there’s a bit of nerd in all of us. And there’s no shame in it. Indulge your inner geek, and head off on the trail of one of the UK’s most celebrated fantasy writers. The world of Tolkien is vast in its imagination. Thankfully, this walk won’t lead you all the way through Middle Earth to Sauron’s Eye. The Tolkien Trail will take you out into the countryside, where you will follow in the footsteps of Tolkien like an Orc following the scent of a tasty little Hobbit. OK, enough geek.
All of that culture and geeking out makes for hungry work. Luckily for you there are a wide range of cheap meals with which to fill your boots. Try Habaneros, a street food van that sits just off Waterloo Street. It pumps out high-grade Mexican food and will leave you a good chunk of change from a tenner.
You could also opt for Pearce’s Shellfish found in the Bull Ring Indoor Market. The market is a bit of a jungle, so directions are pointless, rather get in and ask for directions. The food on offer depends on the morning’s catch, so you know it’s as fresh as they come.
Fancy something that packs a bit more of a punch? Head for the Indian street café joint, Raja Monkey. To enjoy this spot in its truest sense you should give the Tiffin Club a go. Buy a tiffin box for a tenner and get it filled with food for another tenner. You get to keep the box, and can return with it at any time for a refill of food for another £10. This is an authentic way that food is distributed to hungry punters up and down India to this very day.
The key to a cheap night out, as every young person knows, is in the pre-drinks. Birmingham, being a student city, is full of establishments vying for your pocket shrapnel in exchange for high percentage, cheap drinks. Make the most of them.
Try Be At One, which runs a happy hour offering 2-for-1 cocktails from 4.30pm to 8pm Monday to Wednesday, and until 7pm from Thursday through Saturday.
The Gosta Green runs a roaring trade in offering students eye-wateringly cheap drinks deals every Friday from 5pm. All craft beers and cocktails are reduced to the price of £3, all night. The pub also offers a mean burger to go with your craft beer.
The Lost & Found also offers a cocktail happy hour from 5pm to 8pm every night. This quirky little bar has a strong selection of cocktails to choose from. Make the most of it and start your night here.
We hope that shows that budget Birmingham is a real possibility. If you’re planning a visit check out our super budget hotel in Birmingham, and get you stay off to a flying start.
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