As part of my promise to myself to see more of the world, I decided that I’d try and explore the UK a little more (and i’m considering turning it into a series!). Recently I visited The Jewellery Quarter which is located in Birmingham City Centre, which is very fortunately very close to my own doorstep. Believe it or not, Birmingham has long been known for its’ Jewellery. It is believed that by the 19th Century, over 50% of the gold and silver products sold in London were actually manufactured in Birmingham. In the past I’ve visited the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which is located in a retired jewellery manufacturer; Smith & Pepper. You can go on guided tours to find out more information about how the jewellery was made but also find out more general information about the history of the Quarter. I’d definitely recommend a visit! Other landmarks in the Jewellery Quarter include the Chamberlain Clock (Photo #4), created in 1903.
In the modern day, Birmingham is still thought to produce over 40% of Jewellery in the UK and the Jewellery Quarter itself hosts hundreds of individual jewellery stores, in addition to cafes, pubs and hairdressers. If you’re looking to buy a special piece of jewellery then I’d absolutely recommend the Jewellery Quarter as there’s also so much more to see here. When I was little, I’d visit the Jewellery Quarter with my parents and come home with new pairs of earrings/bracelets that I’d buy with my Christmas money. I still have the majority of the pieces now! There are no shortage of stores to browse for the perfect piece, and some stores will even allow you to design it yourself.
The Jewellery Quarter is really easy to get to; it’s a short walk from Birmingham City Centre, though there are many buses that will take you there if you prefer. The Jewellery Quarter also has it’s own train station, so if you’re travelling in by train you may be able to get a direct train, else it’s a short one from Grand Central to the Jewellery Quarter. More recently the metro/tram has become a thing in Birmingham and I believe that it also runs through. I’m not 100% sure on this as, believe it or not, I’ve never used the tram. That’s another thing that I really want to try soon, but there’s nowhere as such I need to go on it!
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Have you visited the Jewellery Quarter before? Where would you recommend I visit next? I’d love to hear your thoughts!