30 Apr Tips for the Ultimate Girls’ Weekend in Birmingham
Have you and your girlfriends been planning a weekend getaway for ages, but not been able to agree on where to go? Do some of you want a relaxing spa weekend while others are up for partying non-stop? Venture to a destination where you can do both. Treat yourselves to drinks and dancing on Friday night, shop till you drop on Saturday and let yourselves be pampered on the Sunday before heading home. Birmingham has it all. With excellent transport links to most parts of the UK, as well as international destinations via its airport, the city is a great choice for a girls’ weekend.
Birmingham is home to a whole host of excellent shopping destinations from independent boutiques to vast shopping centres housing high street names and designer labels. The Bullring centre is a state-of-the-art complex most renowned for Selfridges, the architecture of which has been much spoken about.
The Mailbox is a waterside shopping centre with an in-house Harvey Nichols and many other shops, including designer stores. Both centres offer great lunching and afternoon tea opportunities for when you feel a bit peckish.
For those ladies looking for a bit of glitz and glam, Birmingham’s luxurious Jewellery Quarter is the place to be. Home to more than 400 jewellery business, shoppers are spoilt for choice.
An independent shopping paradise is the Custard Factory area, the city’s new arts and media quarter, home to vintage boutiques, craft companies, local designer shops and more.
The amount of students in Birmingham means the city never sleeps. You’ll find excellent bars and clubs scattered throughout town to suit any taste. The Mailbox is a sophisticated destination gathering some of the city’s most glamorous crowds. For stylish and pricey outings, try Apres or Mechu clubs.
Broad Street is where most revellers flock to. Its selection of bars and clubs caters for all ages, tastes and group sizes. Some names to look out for are Mischka’s, Rococo and Bar Risa.
For more independent nightlife, see what’s on the Custard Factory agenda.
Spa-loving ladies are spoilt for choice in Birmingham, home to many a great spa with seemingly endless treatment lists. Many offer special deals for groups so do your research before setting off.
Solace Spa is housed in a beautiful brick building in the city centre. The spacious treatment rooms and relaxation areas are plush and comfortable. Treatments include hot stone massages, reflexology and reiki.
At One day spa is a haven in the city’s famous Great Western Arcade. Service is excellent, as are the treatments on offer, including a coconut rub and milk ritual wrap, and a lava shell massage.
Clover Spa has both indoor and outdoor facilities in a hotel setting. Some of the more unusual treatments include Hopi ear candles and holistic total body care.
These are just some recommendations. You’ll find the city has even more to offer.
There are many hotels in Birmingham to suit any budget. If you’re only in town for a few days, be sure to choose a central hotel in Birmingham that offers a late check-out time, a 24-hour snack shop and room service like the Hilton Garden Inn.