Diamonds and pearls in the Jewellery Quarter
With over 100 jewellers based here, this dazzling area of Birmingham is the place to go for British jewellery. Looking for a special gift? Going direct to the makers means you can make huge savings on high-street prices.
The Jewellery Quarter, which is a short walk from the city centre, also has a growing arts and dining scene, with unique galleries, bars and restaurants sitting among the sparkling array of shops. The area around St Paul's Square is particularly good for eateries.
Visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham was at the centre of the jewellery trade for much of the 19th century. This former workshop-turned-museum tells the story of the city's glittering past. Watch live demonstrations of traditional jewellery-making, and discover what it was like to work in the factory.
The area is also home to the JW Evans Silver Factory, one of the most complete surviving old factories in the Jewellery Quarter, where you can learn about the different stages of silver production.
Sample the Jewellery Quarter's nightlife
Experience fantastic nightlife and live bands at bars such as the legendary Jam House and The Actress and Bishop, which regularly host acoustic sessions and indie acts. The area is also a foodie favourite, with more than 30 restaurants, bars and cafes, ranging from Italian diner Portofino to Jamaican restaurant Devon House.
Planning a trip to the Jewellery Quarter? Travelodge Birmingham Central Newhall Street Hotel is a short walk away. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Birmingham Central Hotel.