This unique area dates back over 250 years and is still home to over 400 jewellery businesses. A designated conservation area with over 200 listed buildings, it is a proposed World Heritage Site. It has been described by English Heritage as a unique historic environment in England, which has few, if any, parallels in Europe.
The Quarter also contains Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian Square in the tranquil surroundings of St Paul’s, with its fine restaurants, bars and galleries.
For visitors, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, based in an old jewellery factory is well worth a visit, as is the Pen Room Museum, which reflects the Quarter’s reputation in the 19th century as the World’s centre for pen production.
To complete the historic picture, the Quarter’s public art and building trails are worth trying, as are its historic Cemeteries with their ghostly catacombs.
Whilst in the Quarter, shopping is a must – browse through over 100 specialist jewellery retailers for classic pieces and beautiful handcrafted jewellery, or why not commission your own design? Jewellery, clocks and watches are competitively priced and with its many craftsmen and contemporary designer makers, you’re sure to find something special in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.