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My Memories of Birmingham // Blogmas 2015


Living so close to the city and being a frequent visitor, Birmingham has always been a place I hold close to my heart. I remember as a child being taken there for days out shopping with my family and then, as I got older, catching the bus into the town to do some shopping with my friends. I travel through it every day now to get to work!

But what never ceases to amaze me is, even in the twenty or so years I've been visiting it, how much Birmingham has changed and evolved. The most obvious, and somewhat recent hot topic of Birmingham tourists and residents, is the new Grand Central terminal at New Street Station. As I pass through the centre of the city every day, I can't help but reflect on all my memories made in Birmingham and how amazing the city really is.

I have vivid memories of what the old station used to look like. I think it's because, as a child, I always found it really exciting to step off the train and have somehow ended up in this amazing shopping centre terminal that was so much bigger than my home town. I always remember the old New Street station being really dark and had kind of a yellow glow to it. I think, looking back, it was because it was all under cover so needed artificial lighting. The best memory of the station? Stopping off at Millie's Cookies with my sister and buying a bag of cookies to share on the train ride home!

Having been a train station for over 160 years, it is inevitable that the station would undergo some changes! Now, Grand Central at New Street Station is a far cry from the old, dark station it used to be. It is phenomenal how different it actually looks - I was in shock when I first saw it! The station is now bright and spacious, it kinda looks like a giant spaceship-meets-greenhouse. I love the design of the building and I think the shopping centre on top works beautifully well - it looks much better than the old one!

Another stop off in Birmingham for myself was Corporation Street. Lots of people probably don't know where this street is. To be honest that I don't visit it all that much now but as a child, I was there all the time. Birmingham used to have a super busy high street and that end of the town tended to be where my family and I would do our shopping - this was before the Bullring was re-opened and we had no where else to shop! My Mom much prefers outdoors and independent shops, so we were always taken around the high street and Corporation Street. In fact, Corporation Street used to home to a little bath bomb and soap shop called Lush, where I used to spend many an hour emptying the contents of my purse ;-)

The street itself is quite beautiful due to it's Victorian age buildings. Although most of the shops, including my beloved Lush, have moved from there, I do still quite like having a little walk around there just to admire the architecture. It's a shame that so many shops have moved on from this little street however new shops are opening along here all the time... most of them are independent shops too which is cool!

Even though Birmingham has changed a lot over the years, it's still my favourite place that I have wonderful, fond memories of. ~Everything seems within a stone's throw of Grand Central... I spotted the Electric Cinema today, a place I've been itching to go for ages, through the window of the terminal so it's nice to have a mix of culture, food and shopping.With the city being ever changing, I know I will make loads more memories there as I will always find somewhere new to explore or meet up with friends.If I've inspired you to take a trip to my beloved Birmingham, why not check out the Travelodge as a place to stay? They have a whopping 13 hotels in Birmingham so you are spoilt for choice! Let me know your favourite places in Birmingham :-)

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2 comments

  1. I've never been to Birmingham but it's on my list of UK places to go

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  2. When I think about Birmingham, I always think about the days my friends and I spent just wandering around Oasis. We used to go to Brum for no reason other than to just go to Oasis, buy band posters, look at all the piercings we want but daren't get because our parents would kill us. The thought of just going into Birmingham for the sake of wandering around now fills me with dread.

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