In the Jewellery Quarter you can shop for handcrafted jewelry and visit a former jewelry workshop, see Birmingham’s only surviving Georgian square, listen to live jazz concerts and admire art exhibitions. This lively district of Birmingham was established in the 18th century and flourished during the Industrial Revolution. Today, it’s home to more than 100 specialist jewelry designers and retailers.
Shop for earrings and necklaces, watches and clocks on Vyse Street and Warstone Lane. Jewelers here are happy to make one-off and personalised items. Watch the craftsmen at work in the on-site workshop of Bickerton Jewellery. Most shops are open Tuesday to Saturday, although expect crowds on weekends.
The Chamberlain Clock is the best place to start a walking tour of the district. It marks the center of the quarter. Check out graves of famous Birmingham residents at the cemeteries on Key Hill and Warstone Lane. Visit St. Paul’s Square, the last remaining Georgian square in the city. Follow the self-guided Pavement Trails to uncover historical facts, such as the place where American author Washington Irving once stayed. Maps are available at the Information Centre on Vyse Street.
Be sure to visit the Jewellery Quarter’s museums and galleries. Discover centuries of jewelry-making history at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Learn about the history of pens at the Pen Museum. At St. Pauls Gallery, you’ll see one of the world’s largest collections of autographed music memorabilia, including album covers and photograph prints.
Come to the quarter for dinner and live music. Restaurants line St. Paul’s Square. Listen to jazz performances during the annual Birmingham Jazz Festival. Check out the festival’s official website for a schedule of events.
The Jewellery Quarter is a 20-minute walk from Birmingham’s city center. Pay-and-display parking is available on the street and in nearby parking lots. Alternatively, take the train to the Jewellery Quarter or Snow Hill stations. Public buses stop close to the Chamberlain Clock.
Visit the Jewellery Quarter’s official website for museum, shop and restaurant opening hours.