Inner City Circle - Clockwise on the 8C
Back in June we found a bus that went clockwise and anticlockwise around Birmingham. We thought it would be a great way to see Birmingham so we caught the 11C bus and did the Outer city circle. It was a great way to see the outskirts of Birmingham for a couple of people without a car but it turned out that there wasn't really that much to see on the 11C bus route. It still entertained us for the day nonetheless so we decided to do a similar bus ride again.
This time we thought we would take the inner city circle bus since there would probably be more to see on the inner city circle route. We bused towards city centre and then caught the 8C clockwise around the city centre near the Five Ways roundabout. To read more about the route you can go here. We learned that the route is dated back to 1899 and used to be called Birmingham City Transport.
We caught the bus by Five Ways and it headed north. This route must not be as popular as the 11C because it was not a double decker bus. This made it much harder to get any good photos
|The Temple of Relief. aka Urinals.|
The route was about an hour long so much better than the 11C outer circle. We were planning on getting off at the Jewellery Quarter, but decided against it because it appeared to be literally an area with jewellery stores.
As it turns out, there are some really cool restaurants in the JQ such as the Church and museums such as the Pen Museum, and The Coffin Works but we didn't know this at the time. Definitely check out the JQ on a visit to Brum.
Villa Park which is the home of the Aston Villa Football Club.
The bus was a nice little drive around the city. We would have taken more pictures but the bus got pretty crowded at some points and then it gets a bit awkward to act like such a tourist while people were commuting to work or running errands. Also, I'd say the majority of the route goes through residential areas.
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