Local Information – Fabrick

Local Information

Digbeth is a vibrant district located within a 10 minute walking distance from Birmingham City Centre. It is considered one of the most distinctive parts of the city, offering some fantastic shopping opportunites, industrial history and heritage, art, culture, music and a variety of pubs and cafes with character and charm. This is where we find the famous Irish Quarter, where the St Patrick’s Day parade is held every year, attracting many visitors. A major attraction is the famous Custard Factory, where egg free custard was invented and produced for many years back in 1837. Today the Custard Factory is home to a thriving working community of creative and digital businesses, independent shops, cafes and bars. Other places of interest are: The Old Crown Pub, which is the oldest secular building still in existence, dating back to 1368 and the Deritend Library, which is part of the Custard Factory Complex and the oldest surviving library building. Today it serves as a conference centre and exhibition space. An interesting annual event taking place every year is the City of Colours Festival, which is a street art festival.

Interesting Fact: Digbeth has become an increasingly popular place of visitors wanting to track the history of the famous Peaky Blinders gang, dating back to the 19th century.

Digbeth Coach Station – 6 minute walk from the Bull Ring shopping centre

Moor Street Station – 17 minute walk from Fabrick Square

New Street Station – 17 minute walk from Fabrick Square

The Bull Ring shopping centre – 10 minute walk from Fabrick Square

The Hippodrome Theatre – 13 minute walk from Fabrick Square

The Arcadian drinking and dining shopping venue – 13 minute walk from Fabrick Square

The famous Electric Cinema is only a 20 minute walk from Fabrick Square

Food / Drink

There are many pubs, restaurants and cafes at the Custard Factory.

The Digbeth Dining Club is an award winning food event, which is held on Fridays at the atmospheric Spotlight Club underneath the arches in Lower Trinity Street. There are many venues with live music for a range of tastes and ages.

Shopping and Retail

The new Grand Central shopping area at New Street Station includes John Lewis and many other High Street brands. There are different culinary experiences within Grand Central and it is a great central meeting area. The Bullring Shopping Centre with over 160 shops, boasts luxury and retail stores including Selfridges. The Mailbox has recently been re-furbished and has a large Harvey Nichols store.


There are a number of reputable schools and universities close by. For further information please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk