When travelling to Birmingham for a wedding, it was only right that I took some time to explore a bit of the city and visit the famous Cadbury World. I also had the pleasure of driving a Vauxhall Cascada over the few days we were there. It was a spectacular car to look at but not without its flaws, read the full review over on Turn Eight.
The trip started with good weather but as we got nearer to Birmingham we were driving in pouring rain, this didn’t let up for the first half of the trip. As someone who loves to explore a new place on foot, that didn’t stop me. I got very wet walking around Birmingham but I got a good feel for the city.
That evening we headed to Pasta di Piazza on Brook Street for a family meal ahead of the wedding the following day. Honestly, I don’t think they coped well with the huge group of people (despite ordering way ahead of time). I’m not the biggest lover of Italian food (unless it’s in, you know, Italy) but the Prosecco was very good.
We then headed to the Hotel du Vin, a beautiful hotel on Church Street. I tried an Old Fashioned, one of my favourite cocktails. The bar staff are friendly and skilled.
The following morning, before the wedding, we went for another walk around rainy Birmingham. We visited the Jewellery Quarter then decided to hole up against the bad weather in a Starbucks. There’s a lot of development being done in the city, at least the parts we saw. But, similarly, there are a lot run down parts and half-demolished buildings.
This is the library. Such an amazing building.
Not too far from the library is Brindleyplace, it’s full of places to eat and drink. I imagine it’s more pleasant on sunny days but it provided us with a place to shelter from the rain and dry off a little.
We went to the wedding that afternoon and having photographed a wedding the weekend before, I vowed not to take any photos during this one (not that they’d be appropriate for a travel blog but one might’ve carried the narrative…).
Thankfully, the sun was shining when we awoke on Sunday so we took the opportunity to walk along the canal near our hotel.
Reflections on the BT Tower.
There was this amazing tunnel about half way along the walk and the reflection was just perfect for a photo. We had to cut the walk shorter than we’d like to say goodbye to family and get on the road ourselves but that wasn’t the end of the journey because next we headed to the famous Cadbury World.
It was almost appropriate weather for the roof down on the Cascada, so that was a good enough excuse to feel the wind in our hair. Thank god for heated seats and a heated steering wheel! November isn’t really the best time to test drive a convertible.
I’d really recommend Cadbury World. Firstly, even the car park smells like chocolate. I’m so glad we had the roof down on the car as we pulled in.
There’s a bit of a factory tour, plenty of history, a very strange film experience all about how they make chocolate and there’s an amazing play area too. Although, you have to be under 14 to go on it. I can’t tell you how much that upset me.
You get handed chocolate as you go round. I ate all of mine pretty quickly. There’s also a huge shop selling everything Cadbury (and associated brands) you could ever want.
Tickets cost £15.95 for an adult and £11.70 for children (4-15 years). Kids under 4 go free!
Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham.
For Sat Nav users, use postcode B30 1JR.