Post by anothermanicmondas on Aug 24, 2022 20:01:25 GMT
I went to anime conventions in Birmingham in 1992-1995 and have had the odd shopping trip there (every time going by myself) and have never had any problems (Though I have not been out at night there - just daytime and early evening) My brother and father went to university there and have not mentioned any problems there has been the odd news story of violence there (often race and/or gang related) I think it's normally not too bad as long as you don't go into a bad area or get mistaken for a gang member, though I would not consider myself an expert. (I have not heard about any riots going on at the moment)
Post by aussiedoctorwhofan on Aug 24, 2022 20:33:57 GMT
We were there 11 years ago on our Dr Who themed honeymoon- We spent the night there as part of our tour. Seriously, the tour guide told us to pretty much stay on the block and when it gets dark to come back. When the tour bus stopped in front of the hotel there was a line of people out front selling there wares so to speak, and others who clearly were selling pharmaceuticals. Could have changed since then, bit probably best to be with someone if out at night.
I have been there for work trips in the past, including overnights. Last time was November 2019 when I was in (I think) Solihull, which I'm told by locals is the nice part of Brimingham. Left my hotel around 7pm ish, walked in an area with offices/shops to a restaurant to eat and walked back around 9pm ish. No problems at all.
Around 2010 I was in the City Centre staying in a hotel and went for a walk, probably around 8/9 pm. Mainly in the City Centre, main shopping area. It was summer and still light, with some shops still open. Again, no problems at all. I would not have been heading for the pubs and clubs and would be avoiding that part of town, more due to personal preference than safety concerns, but I had no bother.
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