Thing to do in Birmingham – Two Towers, tall buildings and a reservoir

The Tolkien Connection

These are the two towers that Tolkien could see from his Birmingham school window. These photos were taken at Edgbaston Reservoir, an oasis of calm at the edge of a beautiful city.

The building with the gold crown on the left is The Library of Birmingham, in the centre is the Rotunda and to the right is Alpha Tower a Grade 2 listed office tower.

Libraries old and new

The Library of Birmingham has replaced the old Central Library. As stunning as the new library is, many of us will miss the Brutalist architecture of the old library. Having today discovered that Alpha Tower is a listed building, I struggle with why the old library wasn’t listed. It has now been demolished to make way for Paradise. I kid you not. Perhaps it wasn’t tall enough?

Tall buildings

We like our tall buildings in Birmingham. Birmingham has an impressive skyline.  Although much has changed since the 1970’s the Rotunda is still the structure most people identify with the city.

Brum 70's

Although once the wrong skyline was once used. In 2008 leaflets produced for the city council were printed with the skyline of Birmingham Alabama . Oops!

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A colourful city

These are just a few of the beautiful buildings dotted around the city centre that have managed to avoid the developers bulldozers or the WW2 bombs. Take a wander and then stop at one of the great indie coffee shops for refreshments or catch some rays on a deck chair.

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The Hollywood Connection

As you wander around the city there is almost always something going on. Food festivals and Morris Men in Victoria Square, colourful markets, art installations, Chelsea Flower Show winning entries to name but a few attractions you may find.  You may also recognise some of the buildings as film locations. Birmingham has been used for scenes in Ready Play One and The Kingsman – The Golden Circle, plus many more.

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Then return to the reservoir and soak up the nature.

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