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The Great Birmingham 10k is set to be staged on an exciting new course incorporating the historic heart of Birmingham, its latest developments and world-famous heritage sites. A new location will appear here week by week until the full course reveal in the New Year!

The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome is one of the most popular theatres in the country with more than 500,000 visitors every year. Its list of past performers reads as a roll-call of the great and good. The Beatles, Judy Garland, Laurel and Hardy, Gracie Fields and Harry Houdini are just some of the icons of the stage who have performed here.

St Martin's and The Bullring

St Martin's and The Bullring

The beating heart of Brum since the Middle Ages, St Martin’s Church is a beloved icon for the city. The surrounding Bull Ring area has been home to market-trading since the dawn of the busy village that became a town that became a city. The Bullring shopping centre is one of the busiest retail destinations in the country, home to the biggest names in fashion and the curvy, aluminium-disc-clad Selfridges.

St Paul's Square

St Paul's Square

The last remaining Georgian square in the city is named after the church that sits in its centre and also houses the Midland’s oldest private member’s club, St Paul’s Club formed in 1859, and was originally part of the Newhall Estate owned by the Colmore Family. Much restoration took place in the 1970’s and many of the Grade II listed buildings are now home to bar’s, cafes and restaurants.

The Canals and Brindleyplace

The Canals

Writing about Birmingham’s canal network draws the inevitable comparison with Venice. While it is often debated whether the city does actually have more miles of canal than the unique Italian city, the best way to find out for yourself is a narrowboat trip from Brindleyplace or Gas Street Basin to Edgbaston and back again. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely few hours learning about how this area has transformed from heavy industry to one of the most attractive places to live, work and visit in the Midlands. 

Victoria Square

Victoria Square

As well as being home to the Council House and Town Hall, Victoria Square is considered the centre of Birmingham and the point from where local road sign distances are measured. Having been known as Council House Square, it was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria on 10 January 1901, just 12 days before she died. Every year the Square plays host to the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair.