5 Birmingham hidden gems waiting to be discovered

Cadbury World, the BBC and the canals? They’re all beautiful in their own right, but if you’re looking to get to the heart of the second city, these are the Birmingham hidden gems you need to go seek out…

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    Electric Cinema

    As the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Electric is one of the most amazing Birmingham hidden gems. Refurbished with modern luxuries like sofas, a bar and even a waiter service, the Electric Cinema is the ultimate place to enjoy a fine selection of new, independent and foreign films. Plus, in celebration of 2016 being their 10th birthday, the Electric Cinema will be hosting the ‘Cinematic Time Machine’ – a year long season of seminal films from across the globe showcasing the journey through the history of cinema.

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    McTunneys Sweet Emporium

    Steering clear from all the generic sweets you can find in any old shop these days, McTunneys Sweet Emporium is the best place to go if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth. Forget bringing back a postcard card, pick up your favourite selection of traditional tuck shop sweets, chocolates and crisps instead. Our favourites include the Guinness crisps, rosy apples and of course, fruit pips.

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    Ikon Gallery

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a culture vulture? Then a short stroll over to the Ikon Gallery is a must. Housed in a magnificent neo-gothic building, the gallery features artists from all over the globe with talks, tours, workshops and seminars being held constantly.

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    Custard Factory

    Renowned for being Birmingham’s creative quarter, the Custard Factory is one of Brum’s most precious gems. With more independent shops and salons than anywhere else in the city, it’s great if you want to  treat yourself to something a little bit different. Pop over to Flamingo Vintage to find the finest selection of one-of-a-kind outfits, Bench 504 for incredible graffiti-inspired designs, or Mockingbird for a tasty bite to eat.

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    Great Western Arcade

    A beautiful, quirky shopping centre in the heart of Birmingham, the Great Western Arcade, like the Custard Factory, hosts an eclectic medley of independent shops and eateries. From the Victorian tea rooms to designer outlets, even if you don’t pick up that special something, the interior is enough to enjoy alone.

Do you have a favourite Birmingham hidden gems that you think we’ve missed off? Let us know @nationalexpress, and don’t forget to enter our #brumviews competition over on Instagram where you can win Sea Life tickets, meals for two and much, much more!