Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter comprises some 400 businesses, all dedicated in some way to the production of high-grade jewellery – one of the largest concentration of jewellery businesses in Europe. It’s no surprise then, that nearly half of the jewellery made in the UK is created in shops around here
Although the area declined after reaching its peak in the 1920s, its historical importance has since been recognised and preserved, and the neighbourhood is now undergoing regeneration as a creative hub. It's a brilliant place to spend some time during your stay, whether shopping for jewellery or visiting the many bars, restaurants and specialty shops that have sprung up in recent years.
A history dripping with jewelsThe Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham contains around 200 listed buildings, with a history stretching back over 250 years. Local craftsmen still fill the needs of shoppers in the quarter, with over 100 jewellery retailers still operating in the area.
The district also has a museum dedicated to its history called the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Here you can take a tour of a 19th-century jewellery workshop and see the technique and expertise that goes into the craft. Another unique place to visit is the Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works, a former coffin works factory that is now a museum showing off its unusual wares and depicting what life was like for workers at the time.
However, the number one thing to do in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is to shop. The storefronts in this area of Hockley are adorned with high-quality clocks, jewellery and watches; you'll almost certainly be tempted to pick up a couple of luxury items.