Less than 15 minutes from the city centre and just a short walk from our City South Campus, lies the Victorian suburb of Harborne – the type of place where you’re never too far from a duck pond and most importantly a pint stop and seriously tasty grub.
Here’s our guide to 10 things you need to do in Harborne
1) Go along to the Harborne Night Markets
On the first Friday of every month food vendors and independents plus the whole neighbourhood and their four legged friends, gather to eat great food, buy nice stuff and generally be merry! The venue hops from one beer garden to another each month, so keep an eye out for where they’re popping up next.
2) Visit the Old School Yard
With Boston Tea Party and Prezzo, the Old School Yard is a great place to meet for food, or even improve your own culinary skills at the Harborne Food School.
3) Shop till you drop
The high street consists of an eclectic range of shops, from Oliver Bonas and Waitrose to Boots and Home Bargains for those all-important killer deals. There’s also a number of independent retailers from jewellery and gifts to interiors, plus charity shops galore! Make sure you don’t miss Kin Home and The Hedge around the corner too.
4) Harborne Food School
Interested in enhancing your culinary skills? Why not book yourself onto a cooking class at Harborne Food School for a practical and fun hands on learning experience. Don’t forget to take a container to take home any leftovers!
5) Get your caffeine fix
6) Grab a bite, or two
You could eat your way around the globe from the high street alone! Depending what mood you’re in we recommend;
- Tapas Tuesdays at Arco Lounge
- The sharing platter at Rustic Table for a Mediterranean feast
- Harborne Kitchen for the best food you will ever eat (seriously! But maybe save it for when the parents are visiting, and paying!)
- Buonissimo for authentic Italian dishes
- Top notch Cantonese cuisine at Henry Wong
- Anything from the The Plough
Where else to try?
Sabai Sabai, Zizzi’s, Boston Tea Party, Prezzo, Damascena, The Junction, Scotts of Harborne.
7) Go for a swim
If after all that dining out you need a little light exercise, Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre is open until late.
8) Take a pit stop at The Plough
We briefly mentioned The Plough for its grub, but did we mention their all-day brunch and incredible burgers? There’s always something to die for on the menu, plus they refurb their beer garden for seasonal specialities - head to their taco and frozen margarita bar in summer and try their Lickin Chicken wings and waffles in winter!
9) Walk the old railway
Even some locals haven’t uncovered this little treat yet, the Harborne Walkway follows an old unused railway track through serene greenery all the way into the city centre, but you’d still never know you were in the middle of Birmingham! Perfect for when you’re after a quiet escape.
10) Smash a pub quiz
Whether you’re on team ‘We thought this was speed dating’ or team ‘Let’s get quizzical’, there are plenty of pub quizzes to prove yourselves worthy winners (some may even include cash prizes!):