Getting to the ground
From New Street the options are:
- train from Moor Street to Bordesley (trains every 10 mins from about half 1, journey time 2 mins)
- bus (58 or 60 from Digbeth - see pub map below for location of stops)
- walk (a good 25-30 minutes, although you can call in a few pubs on the way...)
- taxi (extortionate considering the distance)
The train is best as your ticket can be used through to Bordesley (probably best to buy it to Birmingham Stations rather than Birmingham New Street).
If you're driving down then you should be able to park in streets around Garrison Lane Park (see pub map) provided you arrive reasonably early. Alternatively there are schools and firms who provide parking for a charge.
Most of the few pubs around the ground aren't very welcoming to away fans. In particular the St Andrew's Tavern (which used to be the Black Horse) is home fans only. The Cricketers Arms though usually gets a mixture of home and away fans, and is only a 5 minute walk from the ground. The only real alternative to this is Bordesley Labour Club, which will probably let you in for a small charge.
Anyone going down by train is much better off supping in the city centre pubs or trying the pubs in Digbeth, more or less half way from the station to the ground. There are quite a few decent pubs in the city centre nowadays. The best of the bunch is the Wellington. This place is an absolute gem, having no less than 16 hand-pulled beers on at any one time, as well as a good selection of foreign beers. The only slight drawback with the pub is that it doesn't do food; however, they provide plates and cutlery for anyone who wants to consume their own food on the premises. To get to the Wellington from New Street, follow the signs for the Stephenson Street exit, and then follow the route shown on the pub map below. For Wetherspoons fans there's the Briar Rose, just down the hill from the Wellington. To get to the pubs in Digbeth (or the ground) your best bet is probably top leave the station by the south (Station Street) exit and turn left. The best pub in Digbeth is probably the White Swan.
All the pubs mentioned above, along with a few others, are marked on the pub map below.
Football Ground Guide
Local CAMRA branch