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50 Reasons To Stay Away From Birmingham

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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.

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Victoria Square by Verity Milligan

I mean, look at it.

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Birmingham Skyline by Ross Jukes

There’s nothing pleasant about it at all.

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Fox Hollies Park by Verity Milligan

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

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Lickey Hills by Verity Milligan

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

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Birmingham Symphony Hall by Verity Milligan

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

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The Cube by Ross Jukes

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

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Victoria Square by Verity Milligan

Or culture of any kind.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet performing The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome

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

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Digbeth’s own Peaky Blinders

There are definitely no museums in Birmingham.

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Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery

And contemporary art? There’s none of that.

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Icicle sculptures by Verity Milligan

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

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The internationally renowned Ikon Gallery by Verity Milligan

Street art? Never heard of it.

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Street Art, The Custard Factory

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

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City of Colours Festival by Ross Jukes

None at all, so stop asking.

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Street Art, The Custard Factory

Vintage clothing? You must be having a laugh.

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Gingermegs Vintage

Where would you find anything remotely vintage in Birmingham?

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The Custard Factory by Ross Jukes

This city is just a desolate wasteland.

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St Paul’s amongst the Birmingham skyline by Verity Milligan

Nothing ever goes on in Birmingham.

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Seasonal Markets, The Bond

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

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Foodies Festival, Cannon Hill Park

And festivals, we don’t do them. Ok?

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Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, Moseley Park

Because who in their right mind would turn up?

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

And no one famous ever came from Birmingham.

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Mike Skinner, The Streets

Seriously, the musical heritage of this city sucks.

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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, founder of heavy metal

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

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Swim Deep

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

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Magic Door

Everyone is just really grumpy and unfriendly.

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Festive Band at Christmas by Ross Jukes

And we only care about ourselves.

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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.

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

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

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Topokki

And forget diversity. All the food is the same.

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The Platter, Antep Turkish Cuisine

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

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Five-spice Lobster, Itihaas – by Jack Spicer Adams

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

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Chocolate Brownie, Gas Street Social in The Mailbox

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

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

Street food? Never heard of it.

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Bacon and Cheese Burger, 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.

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Digbeth Dining Club at Spot*light

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

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

Nope, nothing comes to mind.

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

And don’t get us started on independents.

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Peel and Stone, Water Street

We don’t have any, so get over it.

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The Electric cinema, the UK’s oldest working cinema

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

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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.

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The Prince of Wales, Moseley

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

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Martini, 40 St Paul’s

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

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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?

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The Lord Clifden, Great Hampton Street

They are literally all the same.

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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.

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Digbeth Oktoberfest in full swing

Seriously, why would you ever want to visit Birmingham?

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Gas Street Basin by Verity Milligan

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

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BMAG and Town Hall, Chamberlain Square – by Verity Milligan

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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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