Waterways that built a city

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  • Birmingham


The second UK city for population is often missed by international tourists and yet it offers a wealth of culture and events that is quite impressing. Located just about one hour to the north of London by train, this manufacturing powerhouse of the 18th century is famous for the pre-Raphaelite masterpieces housed in the local Museum & Art Gallery. The industrial heritage of this city is also attested by the impressing number of canals that radiate from the Sherborne Wharf and are today lined with trendy cafés and bars.

Birmingham has a well established gay village, centred around Hurst Street, an area that expanded from the pioneer Nightingale Club and Windmill Bar in the 1970s.


Gaytway Guide to Birmingham

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

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    • Birmingham Museum
    • Lovers of Victorian architecture will adore this building, which contains a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.

    • Shopping Central
    • The Bull Ring has seen a market since back in the Middle Ages. Today, two shopping centres have been built in the area; in the 1960s, and then a very stunning structure in 2003; the latter is styled as one word, Bullring. There are 150 shops and 125,000 square metres of retail floor.

    • Birmingham Back-to-Backs
    • The Back to Backs at 50–54 Inge Street and 55–63 Hurst Street are the last surviving court of back-to-back houses in Birmingham, now operated as a museum by the National Trust. During the industrial revolution thousands of these dwellings were built but they were considered insalubrious in more recent times and therefore progressively demolished.

    • Cadbury’s World
    • Maybe it’s not as dreamy and fairy tale like as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, however Cadbury World, set in the Bourneville factory, offers its visitors the opportunity to explore and discover chocolate's history, and to learn about the origins and story of the Cadbury business.
  • Chic Nightclub

    Chic caters for more hardcore clubbers as well as after-hours fans, especially their Breakfast Club party on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

    The Core

    The Core is especially known for hosting London's XXL once a month, but it also have other chart & funky house events.

    The Nightingale

    The largest gay club in Birmingham, with a capacity of over 2,000 clubbers.

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Gaytway Map of Birmingham

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