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.
There wasn't much else to report back on the rest of our bus ride. We saw some cathedrals and things, but we drove too fast to take any pictures. This is a mosque. We also drove past 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.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more of the West Midlands check out our post on "Animal Sanctuary, Tex Mex , Coffee and Cupcakes: Hillfields, Moseley and Kings Heath."

Comments

  1. Sounds like a nice ride for you guys - sorry you weren't able to get better pictures though. Maybe try it again one day?

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    1. Nah. It wasn't amazing anyway. No need to go again.

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    2. Glad you've been able to see so many other sights along the way though. I like reading your blog and getting to see all the places you guys have been.

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    3. Glad you are enjoying our blog. There is just so much to see!

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  2. This sounds like a fun ride. I always like to look at different cities. I'm amused by the Temple of Relief.

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  3. looks like some awesome sites. I would probably feel strange taking a bunch of pictures too though

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    1. Yeah, definitely flag yourself as a tourist.

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  4. I love doing drives around the city and to explore. It seems like you guys had a great time. Even if you think you couldn't take great pics, ya still took some to cherish these moments so that's all that matters :)

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  5. Doesn't seem like there was much that this place had to offer :(

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    1. It could have been better! But we enjoyed ourselves.

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  6. It sucks that the bus was so crowded. Do you plan on going again?

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  7. I'm sure it was tough trying to find things to do. I cannot live without a car. Even when I'm on vacation I need to rent one in order to get around.

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    1. Cars are definitely better for exploring.

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  8. I think it's cool that you went on a mini-adventure and tried something new. It might not have provided an amazing voyage, but The Temple of Relief is pretty hilarious...and I think made it well worth it! lol

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  9. Oh my I miss Birmingham, I haven't been there in over 20 years. I used to shop at the "Bull Ring Shopping Center," is it still there

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    1. Yeah it is still there! Very busy! Everyone shops there.

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  10. I guess you had a good time... I like these pictures though :)

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  11. Cute this drive around the city!I hate when places get too crowded to really enjoy a site or take a picture. Takes away from the beauty of a place.

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  12. Sounds fun.. I never thought of taking a bus tour around a city. I usually find a destination I want to see and go right to it then off to the next. Richard B

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    1. It is sometimes fun to explore without knowing what is in the destination.

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  13. Not familiar with Birmingham but I like the sound of taking a bus ride that goes clockwise and anticlockwise. It sounds so cool.

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    1. Yeah it was a cool way to see what was around us.

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  14. This looks like a remarkable trip, love all the pictures. My boys would love the hovercraft and train ride

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    1. I am assuming you are referring to our trip to the Isle of Wight? We had a fun time on the hovercraft, I am sure they would love it.

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