Custard Factory


Just over a mile southeast of the city centre, Digbeth's creative quarter centres on the Custard Factory, a hip art-and-design enclave set in the converted buildings of the factory that once churned out British favourite Bird's Custard. The open-plan space is now full of artists' galleries, quirky design boutiques, vintage-clothing outlets, one-off shops such as a skateboard specialist, and affordable, offbeat cafes and pop-up street-food stalls. Regular events include cinema screenings.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Birmingham attractions

1. Eastside Projects

0.14 MILES

Run by local artists who focus on art as a powerful agent for change, cavernous Eastside Projects has a pronounced and thought-provoking lean towards…

2. St Martin's Church

0.41 MILES

Birmingham architect Alfred Chatwin designed this Victorian Gothic church in the Bullring. The 1873-completed structure occupies a site where a church has…

3. Thinktank

0.51 MILES

Surrounded by the footprints of vanished factories, the Millennium Point development incorporates this entertaining and ambitious attempt to make science…

4. Birmingham Back to Backs

0.56 MILES

Quirky tours of this cluster of restored back-to-back terraced houses take you through four working-class homes, telling the stories of those who lived…

5. Birmingham Cathedral

0.76 MILES

Dedicated to St Philip, this small but perfectly formed cathedral was constructed in a neoclassical style between 1709 and 1715. Pre-Raphaelite artist…

6. The River

0.85 MILES

Public art in Victoria Sq includes modernist sphinxes and artist Dhruva Mistry's 1994-installed fountain, The River. Topped by a naked female figure, it's…

7. Council House

0.85 MILES

Built in 1879 in classical style, the dome-topped Council House – the seat of local government – forms the northeastern face of the city centre.

8. Statue of Queen Victoria

0.86 MILES

Victoria Sq's 1993 fountain The River, aka 'the floozie in the Jacuzzi', is overlooked by this disapproving statue of Queen Victoria.