To celebrate the launch of new buses being launched by Megabus in six cities across the UK, including Birmingham. Megabus gifted me some goodies and asked me to share with my reader’s things do to in Birmingham on a budget. As someone who has lived fairly local to Birmingham since I was age 7, it’s been a place I’ve visited plenty of times. Whether it’s to go to a gig, the Christmas markets or for a day out, this is plenty of choices of what to do to keep you busy whilst visiting the city. I thought today I’d share a few recommendations I’ve picked up along the way, whether it’s visiting with a friend, partner or your kids, there’s lots of choice for everyone.

Visit Birmingham Library


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A walking tour of Birmingham

If you’re visiting Birmingham for the first time, going on a walking tour is a great way to see what’s around. Whether you’re looking for a guided tour or to use an app which provides the must-see locations, the choice is yours. Visit Birmingham offers various choices on their site. If you’re looking at following a map from a free app such as the ones on Walk Run Cycle you can spend your time wandering the city for free. With plenty of places to visit, a camera is your ultimate companion.

 Visit Primark and their Disney cafe

Earlier in the year, Birmingham opened the world’s largest Primark with over 160,000 square feet of shopping galore. Including a Disney Cafe which has been a massive hit so far, visit under the ears and enjoy some of mickey shaped waffles. If you’re on the market to buy some new clothes, homeware or accessories Birmingham Primark has it all.

Check out the Custard Factory

The Custard Factory is one of those picture-esq places in the heart of Digbeth, full of cool quirky shops and pretty coloured buildings. It’s the perfect place to visit when you’re looking for somewhere to visit. The Custard Factory is also home to Ghetto Golf, which is one of the coolest gold courses around (alongside the Junkyard.) Digbeth is a short walk from the train station and fantastic for those looking for somewhere to eat, relax and enjoy the history of The Custard Factory.

The Stable Birmingham

Grab a pizza from The Stable

One of the best places I’ve ever eaten pizza was in The Stable in Birmingham, although in terms of the decor it’s pretty minimalist (as it’s replicating a stable) the food is amazing. A small menu of pizza, sandwiches and cider which is altered by location allows The Stable to focus on what they do best. By day it’s a cosy place to enjoy a spot of lunch and at night it has a much livelier vibe. Each day the dough is made fresh and on certain day of the week, there are some pretty awesome offers which they are known for; including their free pizza evenings.


Head to the Library

The final location on my list is The Libary, which opened in 2013. Due to the spectacular interior and exterior, it is now known as a landmark within the busy city. The outside of the library has a modern and futuristic look designed by competition winner Francine Houben. In the inside of the library, there are 10 floors filled with books, a cafe and computer areas. Even if you’re not local and would like a look around the library it’s worth the experience.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of cheap/free things to do in Birmingham and if you’re ever in the city, hopefully, this guide will come in handy.

One thought on “Visiting Birmingham City Centre on a Budget

  1. Kim says:

    These are some great ideas! I’ll be heading to Birmingham this weekend and (other than the Bullring and occasional concert) I’ve never explored the city centre.

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