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DAY 2

11:00 The free breakfast at Hatters Hostel (from £16pn) is available all day, so you don’t have to get out of bed too early.

Take it easy on the grey matter and make your first stop Cadbury World (from £14.75, or 2-for-1 on Thursdays if pre-booked).

Exploring the history and production of Britain’s best chocolate, try not to overdo it at the world’s biggest Cadbury shop at the end.

13:00 If you’re still hungry after all that, grab a table at the waterside for lunch at Canalside Cafe (35 Worcester Bar, Gas Street Basin, off Gas Street).

Once an 18th-century lock keeper’s cottage, it’s got more character than Brum’s myriad chain eateries and does healthy, filling fare (try the veggie soup at £3.95).

14:00 Now engage the brain at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (free). Representing greats from the Renaissance to Impressionism (including Picasso), there’s also a good selection of Brit work from the likes of Turner.

16:00 Still going strong? Then try the Birmingham Tolkien Bus Tour (£10), which takes you to parts of the city said to have inspired The Lord Of The Rings (Tolkien spent his early years in Birmingham).

18:30
Bid goodbye to Brum’s curry scene at Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle’s imaginatively named Asha’s. Though a chain, this is the only UK outlet.

The dal makhni here is the most sinfully buttery dollop of deliciousness we’ve ever been naughty enough to nibble. Mains from about £11-16.

20:30
End your weekend in style at the Gin Parlour (thejekyllandhyde.co.uk), a Victorian-style drinking den with a huge gin selection and various theme nights (film screenings, burlesque). Adopt Brum accent: “Class-oi”.

Single tickets from London Euston to Birmingham New Street can cost as little as £10 if booked in advance c2c-online.co.uk

 

Photos: Visit Birmingham

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