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Old Posted Aug 9, 2017, 11:57 AM
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THE CANALS:
- Westside district, ICC, Central Square, Brindleyplace, Three Brindleyplace Clock Tower, BT Tower, National Sealife Centre, National Indoor Arena, Gas St Basin

The Worcester and Birmingham Canal is a 47 km long canal that links Birmingham with Worcester. It starts near River Severn in Worcester and ends in the Gas Street Basin in Birmingham. It is 29 miles (47 km) long. There is one branch that goes to the Northwest (towards Wolverhampton), one to the Southwest (towards Worcester) and one to the East inside Birmingham.

There are 58 locks in the canal (incl. one of the largest in Europe), and it climbs 130m from Worcester to Birmingham. The canal passes the West part of Birmingham's city centre and to the East of the Jewellery Quarter.

In the Westside district, you find the Brindleyplace, canalside mixed-use development. Here you find the National Sea Life Centre, Royal Bank of Scotland, Orion Media, Ikon Gallery of Art and the Crescent Theatre. Central Square, the heart of Brindleyplace, is a nice modern square/designed piazza with fountains and many postmodern buildings. The ArtsFest is held here annually. Here you find the Brindleyplace Clock Tower, a red brick landmark, that is part of Three Brindleyplace building in Italian renaissance/postmodern style that also faces the canal. Inside the building is an atrium. Oozels Square is next to Central Square.

Along the canal you find many landmark buildings as The Mailbox (a red highrise building from 2000 with offices,a mall, and Birmingham's BBC Studios), The Cube (residential building from 2010 with sharp architecture), ICC (International Convention Centre with a large futuristic atrium that leads to Centenary Square, here you also find the Symphony Hall), the recently renovated Barclaycard Arena (formerly the National Indoor Arena), the National Sealife Centre (a large aquarium designed by Norman Foster, features a glass tunnel) and BT Tower from 1966 (the tallest structure in Birmingham, a 152m telecom tower). There are also lots of open air restaurants along the canal.

I walked along the canal, from the tourist parts near Brindleyplace with its large buildings, restaurants, stores, nice open bridges and locks,passed by locks through less touristy parts through dark narrow tunnels with dripping water (!) to BT Tower and the Snow Hill area. So if you are sensitive and want to walk along the whole canal, bring an umbrella!

Many different kind of boats passes along the canal; private boats, tourist boats, restaurant boats, fire boats.
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 33.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 34 - The Cube.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 01.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 02 - ICC, Hyatt.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 03.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 08 - National Indoor Arena.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 09.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 13.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 16.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 17.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 18 - The Malt House.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 20.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 24.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 26.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 27.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr
Worcester and Birmingham Canal 29 - BT Tower.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 30.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

Worcester and Birmingham Canal 32 - BT Tower.JPG by Nightsky, on Flickr

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Old Posted Aug 12, 2017, 3:06 PM
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HOLLOWAY CIRCUS AND CHINESE QUARTER:
- 10 Holloway Circus, Beetham Tower, Chinese Pagoda, Chinatown, Inner Ring Road, The Mailbox, BBC Studios, Doctor Who

Holloway Circus is a busy traffic circle in the south end of Birmingham's city centre. The busy Inner Ring Road pass right underneath it and four busy roads meet here. Here you find the Chinatown, marked by a lion and the 12m high Chinese Pagoda (erected in 1998) in the middle of the traffic circle, dwarfed by the 39-storey glass skyscraper 10 Holloway Circus, also called the Beetham Tower. It was completed in 2005 and is Birmingham's tallest skyscraper (until 2019), a 130m tall, mixed-use building, partly circular in its design with a glass facade of mixed green and blue glass facing Holloway Circus, and a more conventional backside. It was designed by Ian Simpson (architect behind all Beetham towers) in postmodern style and features a Radisson Blu Hotel and apartments. A serie of incidents and accidents happened during its construction, and up to 3 years after.

Two grey modernist highrises from the early 1970s (Cleveland and Clydesdale towers with 32 floors each) stand at the West part of the square, and the postmodern 26-storey Orion Tower from 2006 is just a few blocks to the Northwest.

One of the futuristic glass entrances to New Street Station can be found near Holloway Circus, just as an indoor marketplace along the grey Smallbrook Queensway.

The Chinese Quarter is a small Chinatown that is situated between Holloway Circus and near The Bull Ring, where it has a Chinese arch. You also find casinos, Chinese restaurants and a plaza with mixed restaurants and movie theatres.

The Mailbox is a red mixed-use midrise building, built in 2000 near Holloway Circus. It features offices, a Malmaison hotel, a cinema, a mall with a large Harvey Nichols store and Birmingham's BBC Studios, where you find an interesting free Doctor Who exhibition, that was of great joy for the author of this page! The exhibition includes a Tardis, a Dalek, costumes, monsters and other characters. The Mailbox is 300m long and also has an entrance to the west, where it faces the Birmingham Canal and the mixed-use futuristic highrise The Cube, built in 2010.

Holloway Circus 18 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 17 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 20 by Nightsky, on Flickr
10 Holloway Circus, or Beetham Tower, Birmingham’s tallest skyscraper.
Holloway Circus 22 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 24 by Nightsky, on Flickr’
Holloway Circus 26 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus from the other side.
Holloway Circus 27 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 01 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 03 by Nightsky, on Flickr
New St Station from Holloway Circus.
Holloway Circus 05 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 06 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 10 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Chinese pagoda, Holloway Circus.
Holloway Circus 12 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Traffic under Holloway Circus.
Holloway Circus 13 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 14 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 15 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Holloway Circus 07 by Nightsky, on Flickr
10 Holloway Circus has 39 floors.

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Old Posted Aug 15, 2017, 11:54 AM
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THE MAILBOX, BBC STUDIOS WITH DOCTOR WHO EXHIBITION:

The Mailbox, BBC Studios 17 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Mailbox, BBC Studios 21 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Mailbox, BBC Studios 23 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Mailbox, BBC Studios 07 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Daleks.
The Mailbox, BBC Studios 09 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Mailbox, BBC Studios 10 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Doctor Who’s Tardis!
The Mailbox, BBC Studios 15 by Nightsky, on Flickr

The Mailbox 01 by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Mailbox, shopping office and hotel complex, that houses the BBC Studios.
The Mailbox 03 by Nightsky, on Flickr

The Cube by Nightsky, on Flickr
The Cube, futuristic residential building annex to The Mailbox.

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SNOW HILL AND COLMORE BUSINESS DISTRICT:
- BT Tower, Colmore Gate, St Chad's Cathedral, Jewellery District


This is the main business district of Birmingham, filled with modern office highrises and new skyscrapers u/c. It is situated right next to the Cathedral Square, with the street Colmore Row between. Snow Hill is the name of the railway station and the hill where it is situated. This district looks like an American city. Here you find Colmore Gate, a postmodern highrise builsing, St Chad's Cathedral, a red brick twin towered church completed in 1841, mother church of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and the Western Arcade. A 18-storey Holiday Inn opened recently, and a new Hilton is under construction. Colmore borders to the Jewellery District, a small scale historic district West of downtown, where you find a lot of jewelleries. BT Tower, a 152m tall telecom tower from 1966, that is Birmingham's tallest structure, is situated right next to Snow Hill.
Snow Hill 14 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Snow Hill 16 by Nightsky, on Flickr
BT Tower, Snow Hill by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 01 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 04 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 05 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 07 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 08 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 10 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Colmore Business District 11 by Nightsky, on Flickr

Jewellery Quarter by Nightsky, on Flickr
Nearby Jewellery Quarter is famous for its many jewelleries.
Snow Hill 21 - St Chads Cathedral by Nightsky, on Flickr
Snow Hill 22 - St Chads Cathedral by Nightsky, on Flickr
They still have school uniform in Britain!
Snow Hill 25 - Colmore Gate by Nightsky, on Flickr
BT Tower 03 by Nightsky, on Flickr
BT Tower 04 by Nightsky, on Flickr
BT Tower, the tallest structure in Birmingham. Built in 1966, 152m tall.

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DIGBETH:
- Digbeth Street, Coach Station, Central Backpackers Hostel


Digbeth is the post industrial area just south of the Bullring, the heart for shopping in the city centre. The main road is Digbeth St that leads to the Bullring. It was in Digbeth I arrived by the National Express bus from Luton in the dark evening, at the Coach Station. Just a few blocks away at Coventry St/Milk St, also in Digbeth, is where I stayed, at the Birmingham Central Backpackers Hostel. Many industrial buildings in have been turned into apartments, stores, restaurants, offices and arts facilities, but lots of industrial activities still remain. A blue and brown brick Victorian railway viaduct (right above the hostel), the Devonshire Works building at the Custard factory complex, a beautiful police station building, the coach station (for long distance buses) and the southern entrance to the futuristic Selfridges store can be found found in Digbeth.

Birmingham Central Backpackers Hostel. I stayed one night in a shared room in this small hostel, less then 10 min walk from the city centre. The area is a bit shady after dark, filled with industrial buildngs and the place is not easy to find, so you have to be careful if you arrive after dark like I did! The interior was amazing, very cozy and colourful with really hip colours. May be not everyone's taste, but looked really nice and alternative. The room was nothing special, and it didn't have any locker but they offer free luggage storage. The hostel has good wifi, free coffee and tea all day long, a large TV screen in the lobby, maps and travel information and everything you will need for a short stay. The staff was nice upon arrival in the evening, but the staff in the morning was a bit absent. They offered a simple free breakfast. The beds where not very comfortable and had to stay at another building, next to the main building that made it a bit complicated. But very good value for money after all.
Digbeth 16 - towards Bullring by Nightsky, on Flickr

Digbeth 17 - Police station by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 20 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 21 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 23 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Central Backpackers Hostel, Digbeth 02 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Central Backpackers Hostel, Digbeth 03 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Central Backpackers Hostel, Digbeth 04 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Central Backpackers Hostel, Digbeth 06 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Central Backpackers Hostel, Digbeth 08 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 02 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 03 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 05 by Nightsky, on Flickr
Digbeth 10 by Nightsky, on Flickr

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