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50 things to do on the 50

Ride the iconic 50 route, one of the busiest bus routes in Europe

We've put together a list of 50 great things to do in celebration of one of our most popular services, the 50! Check out all the things you can do on just one bus route...

 

1 - Ride the 50! - The 50 is one of the most iconic routes of the Midlands, and the busiest routes in Europe. Connecting Birmingham, Moseley, Kings Heath, Maypole and Druids Heath together, on an ultra-modern Platinum bus.

 

Birmingham City Centre

2 - Photo with the famous Birmingham bull
Are you from Birmingham or have you ever visited Birmingham without taking a picture with (or of) the famous bull?

3 - Bullring and Grand Central
A shoppers delight with 3 levels of 200 shops. There’s something for everyone!

4 - Arcades
Wonder through Birmingham’s famous arcades and browse the many independent shops, cafes and more.

5 - Birmingham Library
Head to the library in Centenary Square and explore the many floors of internationally important collections, archives and more. Make sure to check out the Shakespeare Room, it houses Britain’s most important Shakespeare collection. There are also some amazing views of the city from the rooftop garden.

6 - Rag Market
Full of local traders selling everything and anything from shoe polish to fresh fruit and veg.

7 - Birmingham Coach Station
Looking for a last-minute staycation? National Express have you covered. From seaside trips to local cities, check out their website to find out more.

8 - Take a stroll down Birmingham’s famous canals
Did you know that Birmingham has more length of canals than Venice? Take a stroll down one of its many canals to take in a different side of the city with beautiful sights and more.

 

Digbeth

Digbeth is a developing, bohemian district known for street art, creative workshops at the Custard Factory and Eastside Projects and unique leisure activities.

9 - Graffiti Walk
This free art-tastic graffiti walk shows you some of the amazing graffiti art around Digbeth in Birmingham.

10 - Custard Factory
The Custard Factory is a creative hub home to many independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and even a cinema.

11 - Teamworks Karting
Join the adrenaline-fuelled fun at Teamworks Karting in Digbeth! Voted as one of the best go-kart tracks in the UK it’s home to a thrilling and challenging indoor track and it even has a laser tag arena!

12 - NQ64
NQ64 is a neon splattered drinking den full of retro arcade games and classic consoles.

13 - Clean Kilo
The Clean Kilo is the largest zero-waste supermarket in the UK with one aim - To sell plastic-free products, source as local as possible and reduce food waste. You can take your own containers, or purchase reusable ones from them. by sourcing

14 - Vintage clothing
Digbeth is known for its Quirky and trendy style, including vintage shops. Take a look at Cow to snap up a fashion find!

15 - The Floodgate - Batting cage Bar
Ever fancied whacking a ball for a home run? Well at The Floodgate you can do that and enjoy some amazing street food and delicious cocktails too! They even have a curling room and the UK’s first pit pat table golf course!

 

Moseley

A very popular cosmopolitan leisure destination, with a number of bars and restaurants, boutiques and other independent quirky retailers!

16 - Moseley Baths
Moseley Baths is a grandiose gothic renaissance pool building with many original features, which also opens for public swims. Swimsuits at the ready!

17 - Moseley Park and Pool
Unaltered for over a hundred years, Moseley park and pool has eleven acres of peaceful parkland, a beautiful lake packed with fish and waterfowl and surrounded by trees.

18 - Moseley Gifts & Gardens
Find some beautiful, unique pieces for inside and outside your home at this quirky family-run garden centre.

19 - Moseley Select & Save
Perfect for picking up those last-minute bits and bobs on your way home, Select & Save is a one-stop shop for the community.


Moseley’s hidden gems!

Make the most of Moseleys buzzing food and drink scene, don’t worry the 50 is the perfect designated driver.

20 - Damascena Coffee House - Delicatessen
Fantastic Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Moseley, serving fresh, delicious food inspired by a number of cuisines. The restaurant has become so popular there are now four Damascena Coffee Houses across Birmingham!

21 - Lewis's Independent Cafe & Restaurant
Independent café which does the best brunch in Moseley. It’s also great for mezze later in the day!

22 - The Cuban Embassy (The Bulls Head)
A bustling Cuban influenced bar with live music and cocktails.

23 - La Plancha
Known as one of the best tapas restaurants in Birmingham, La Plancha is well known for its homemade delicious menu and rustic setting.

24 - Bohemian Cocktail Bar + Kitchen
It's a bar, but it's also a brewery, music venue & eatery all in one.

25 - Zindiya Streatery + Bar
Immerse yourself in the tastiest Indian street food at Moseley’s answer to a Delhi market.

26 - Karaage
Japanese-inspired fried chicken, gyozas, bao buns, burgers, curries and more, all available in one great restaurant in the heart of Moseley.

27 - The MIX
This community cafe believes in bringing the people together through the sharing of cooking and cultures and is a great place to pop in with a changing menu inspired and collected by members of the local community.

 

Kings Heath

Some people may call Kingsheath Birmingham's very own mini-version of a trendy London borough. There are a lot of places to eat and shop, including independently owned cafes, restaurants and bars.

28 - Kings Heath Park
An award-winning park for its natural beauty with a tea room and plant shop.

29 - Highbury Park
One of Birmingham’s most beautiful parks, home to the historic Highbury Hall.

30 - Charity shops
Who doesn’t love a bargain? Kings heath has a variety of charity shops, which is a bargain hunter's delight!

31 - Hare and Hounds
A well-known Brummie place! The Hare and Hounds holds gigs and live entertainment in two venues with art nouveau tiles. This place is also where the band UB40 first played!

32 - Hickory Dickory’s
Treat the kids to a trip to Hickory Dickory’s playhouse with soft play, trampolines, slides, ball pits and more!

33 - HOP & SCOTCH
An independent bar and bottle shop offering a rotating selection of only the best real ales, craft beers, wines, whiskeys and more.

34 - Whoops a Daisy
Whoops a Daisy is a flower shop that sells indoor plants and flower arrangements - It also smells lovely too!

35 - Bike Pro Racing
A bikers paradise in Kings Heath, Bike Pro Racing stocks adults and children's bikes as well as tonnes of accessories!


Kings Heath - a foodie’s paradise!

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a catch-up over cocktails, tucking into a takeaway at home, or wining and dining with someone special, you really are spoilt for choice.

36 - The Early Bird Bakery
The pastries, cakes and savouries are baked daily in-house by the Early Bird Bakery pastry chefs using the finest and where possible, locally sourced ingredients.

37 - Maison Mayci
Maison Mayci is a french bakery with the most amazing cakes to take away or eat in!

38 - Grace + James
Neighbourhood shop, Grace + James sells wine, local beer, British and European cheese and charcuterie to eat in or takeaway.

39 - Poli
Fresh woodfired pizza - What more can you ask for from Poli!

40 - Gorilla Coffee Cafe
Gorilla Coffee Cafe offers delicious coffee, excellent light-bites, decadent sweets and fine premium beers.

41 - Byzantium
Mediterranean restaurant with excellent tapas selection, Byzantium is small and friendly and recommended by locals.

42 - Loco Lounge
A great shabby chic bar with all the comforts of home and a delicious comfort food menu.

 

Maypole

43 - Shopping in Maypole
Maypole has a couple of well-known shops that are perfect for a spot of grocery shopping.

44 - Daisy Farm Recreation Ground
A district farm situated within Maypole. Perfect for a picnic, or stroll around!

45 - PureGym
Pump some iron at Maypole’s PureGym, don’t worry about leg day as the 50’s seats have plenty of legroom.

46 - Balti Hut
Head to one of Maypole’s favourite takeaways, Balti Hut for some delicious Indian cuisine. Spice things up with their signature dish, the Chicken Braveheart, made with Naga chillies so it's definitely not for the faint-hearted...

 

Druids Heath

47 - Walkers Heath Park
Covering 51 acres, Walkers Heath Park has a range of wildlife from woodpeckers, foxes, bats and swallow hawks. For sports and leisure, the park has courts for basketball, netball and tennis, as well as two sets of football goals.

48 - Druids Heath Library
If you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet, Druids Heath Library is a perfect place to visit.

49 - The Cake Box
Who doesn’t love Cake? The Cake Box produces and sell gluten-free, and vegan cakes for every celebration, or cake craving.

50 - Druids Heath Terminus
The end of one of the greatest bus routes and a perfect place to spot some buses!

 

Board the 50 today!

Whichever places you choose to go, you can be sure of comfort and convenience onboard the 50. This Platinum service, featuring extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, USB charging points, stop announcements and more is the ideal guide.

From Birmingham's city centre through to Druids Heath, you'll find something for everyone.

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Published: 5th August 2021

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