Jewellery has been made in this Birmingham neighbourhood for 200 years. Around 40 percent of UK jewellery production is still... more » conducted here, with the focus on gold and silversmithing.
As you'd expect with 200+ jewellery businesses here, there are plenty of shopping opportunities. But it's visits to the museums that will linger in the memory. Both the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (situated in a glorious time capsule of a factory), and the intriguing Pen Room (a homage to the fact that the city produced 75 percent of the world's pen nibs for much of the Victorian era) offer chances for hands-on participation.
The area has a slightly bohemian feel, and you'll find galleries - notably St Paul's Gallery, home of the world's biggest exhibition of signed (rock) album cover art. It's close to the gracious St Paul's Church, which sits in the middle of the city's only surviving Georgian Square, the hub of a decent scattering of music venues and decent bars and restaurants - ideal when you need a refueling stop. less «