New visitor guide produced for Digbeth

The Old Crown- A familiar landmark to the Irish community and a key focus during the St Patrick's Day Parade, it is featured in the guide and is the oldest secular building in Birmingham

The Old Crown- A familiar landmark to the Irish community and a key focus during the St Patrick’s Day Parade, it is featured in the guide and is the oldest secular building in Birmingham

A new visitor guide for the Digbeth district of Birmingham has been produced.

Called ‘Dig Digbeth’, it aims to showcase the best things to see and visit including shops, bars, street art and other attractions and contains historical information about the area.

The guide includes a section on The Irish in Digbeth, reflecting the fact the city is the home to Birmingham’s thriving Irish Quarter.

It also features a section on the infamous Peaky Blinders, who have been the focus of the highly successful BBC drama series starring Cillian Murphy.

It is available free at information centres, libraries, travel arrival points, local hotels and attractions while inward investment body Marketing Birmingham has uploaded the guide to the Visit Birmingham website.

Anna Gibson, creative director of AMS Consultancy which published the guide, said: “Just like the Balti Triangle and Jewellery Quarter, Digbeth is a distinctive part of the city which we want locals and visitors to experience and enjoy.

“We think the guide will be invaluable in ensuring people make the most of their visit.”

Marketing Birmingham’ director of marketing Emma Gray added: “The new guide is a great way to showcase the diverse offering available in the area and educate visitors on Digbeth’s rich cultural and industrial history.”

AMS also publishes the Essential Guide to the Jewellery Quarter which is now in its seventh year.

The publication of the guide is seen as a boost to tourism for the area and comes in the wake of Birmingham being named as one of the top ten world cities to visit in 2015 by Rough Guides.

Here are ten facts about Digbeth included in the guides:

  1. Birmingham’s ice cream-making community lived in terraced houses in Bordesley Street which are still there today
  2.  Typhoo Tea’s headquarters was in Digbeth and Typhoo Wharf in Bordesley Street is where tea was delivered by canal
  3. Music venue Digbeth Institute was home to the famous Jug of Punch folk club and UB40 used to perform there
  4. The Old Crown is the oldest secular building in existence in Birmingham and dates back to 1638
  5. The JFK Mural in Digbeth High Street has 111,604 pieces of mosaic weighing 500 kilos
  6. Digbeth was the site of the Battle of Birmingham in 1643
  7. Arguably Birmingham’s most iconic and controversial piece of art, King Kong, was located outside a second hand car dealer’s at the top of Digbeth High Street
  8. Small Heath Amateur Boxing Club, based in Adderley Street, has produced a line of boxing champions including, more recently, Matt Macklin
  9. The disused railway viaduct which ends in Adderley Street is the abandoned GWR line originally proposed to take the London Paddington (Chiltern) line into New Street Station
  10. The refurbished Bond (Fellows, Morton and Clayton Ltd) building was originally the destination for all bonded goods arriving on the Warwick and Birmingham Canal into Birmingham