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50 Reasons To Stay Away From Birmingham


No doubt you will have heard all about Birmingham on social media and from your out-of-town friends.

It’s all true. Birmingham is a terrible place – rife with unfriendly locals, dirty streets and terrible food. Here’s 50 reasons why you should stay away. Seriously folks, it’s really not worth it.

The city is disgusting.


Victoria Square by Verity Milligan

I mean, look at it.


Birmingham Skyline by Ross Jukes

There’s nothing pleasant about it at all.


Fox Hollies Park by Verity Milligan

It’s just a concrete jungle with not a beautiful view in sight.


Lickey Hills by Verity Milligan

And great architecture? You won’t find any of that here.


Birmingham Symphony Hall by Verity Milligan

Nope, none whatsoever. It’s all just plain, old concrete in Birmingham.


The Cube by Ross Jukes

It’s like this city is bereft of cultural history.


Victoria Square by Verity Milligan

Or culture of any kind.


Birmingham Royal Ballet performing The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome

Nope. Nothing historic, or noteworthy, ever happened here.


Digbeth’s own Peaky Blinders

There are definitely no museums in Birmingham.


Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery

And contemporary art? There’s none of that.


Icicle sculptures by Verity Milligan

We all know the best artists and art galleries are based down in London, right?


The internationally renowned Ikon Gallery by Verity Milligan

Street art? Never heard of it.


Street Art, The Custard Factory

We already told you there’s no artwork to be found in Birmingham!


City of Colours Festival by Ross Jukes

None at all, so stop asking.


Street Art, The Custard Factory

Vintage clothing? You must be having a laugh.


Gingermegs Vintage

Where would you find anything remotely vintage in Birmingham?


The Custard Factory by Ross Jukes

This city is just a desolate wasteland.


St Paul’s amongst the Birmingham skyline by Verity Milligan

Nothing ever goes on in Birmingham.


Seasonal Markets, The Bond

There are never any fun events. It’s all just doom and gloom.


Foodies Festival, Cannon Hill Park

And festivals, we don’t do them. Ok?


Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, Moseley Park

Because who in their right mind would turn up?


The view of Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival from above by Didier Soulier

And no one famous ever came from Birmingham.


Mike Skinner, The Streets

Seriously, the musical heritage of this city sucks.


Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, founder of heavy metal

And there’s definitely no good bands knocking about at the moment.


Swim Deep

In fact, no one ever has fun here – ever.


Magic Door

Everyone is just really grumpy and unfriendly.

Birmingham By Ross Jukes Photography

Festive Band at Christmas by Ross Jukes

And we only care about ourselves.


Stephen Sutton, granted a posthumous MBE for his charity work raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust

Fine dining? It’s all just greasy takeaway joints here.


Adam’s – one of five Michelin Star restaurants in Birmingham

You won’t find anything tasty in this city, so don’t even try.



And forget diversity. All the food is the same.


The Platter, Antep Turkish Cuisine

So if you want a curry, you’ll have to go someplace else. You won’t find one here.


Five-spice Lobster, Itihaas – by Jack Spicer Adams

Got a sweet tooth? Too bad, we don’t do desserts.


Chocolate Brownie, Gas Street Social in The Mailbox

And it’s just terrible for vegetarians. There’s simply nothing for them.


Goat’s Cheese and Butternut Squash Burger, The Warehouse Cafe – by Nikki Bees

Street food? Never heard of it.


Original Patty Men at Digbeth Dining Club

We wouldn’t even know what it was like to spend a Friday evening at an award-winning street food event.


Digbeth Dining Club at Spot*light

There’s never any exciting projects going on, either.


The ceiling in the Council House, Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces

Nope, nothing comes to mind.


The vaults at The Municipal Bank, Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces

And don’t get us started on independents.


Peel and Stone, Water Street

We don’t have any, so get over it.


The Electric cinema, the UK’s oldest working cinema

There’s certainly not a decent cup of coffee to be found in the city.


Boo Boo Coffee, Harborne

And don’t get us started on the bar scene – it’s dead. There’s simply nowhere to go out in an evening.


The Prince of Wales, Moseley

Seriously, there is nowhere in town at all to get a decent cocktail.


Martini, 40 St Paul’s

So don’t even try and have fun! It won’t work.


Sweetie Jar Cocktails, The Jekyll And Hyde

Craft beer? Never heard of it.

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Pure Bar And Kitchen, Waterloo Street

And beer gardens, once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all right?


The Lord Clifden, Great Hampton Street

They are literally all the same.


The Bureau, Colmore Row – by Assaf Frank

We already told you, there’s no fun to be had in this city – so just accept that and move on.


Digbeth Oktoberfest in full swing

Seriously, why would you ever want to visit Birmingham?


Gas Street Basin by Verity Milligan

How could you ever be proud of a city that looks like this?


BMAG and Town Hall, Chamberlain Square – by Verity Milligan

If, for some reason, you do want to come to Birmingham, check out the Independent Birmingham Membership Card.


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Special thanks to Verity Milligan for most of the pictures featured above. You can check out more of her work here.


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