Birmingham away: Norwich City fans’ guide to St. Andrew’s
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Norwich City travel to the West Midlands on Saturday to face Birmingham at St. Andrew's. Here is our guide for Canaries fans on travel, food and drink.
• By car
Norwich to Birmingham by car takes about three hours and fifteen minutes. On the approach to Birmingham leave the M6 at junction six and take the A38(M), known locally as the Aston Expressway, for Birmingham city centre. Continue past the first turn off and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring Road.
Turn left at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East, sign posted Coventry and Stratford and continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three islands. At the fourth island, there is a McDonalds near it, turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. St Andrew's is just up the road on the left and is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road.
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As well as some street parking near the ground, there is a small car park at the ground next to the visitors' entrance. There is a secure independent car park near the stadium based at Birmingham Wheels which is located at Adderley Road South and is about a 15 minute walk from the ground.
• By train
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The nearest station to St Andrew's is Bordesley which is about a 10 minute walk away from the ground. It takes just over four hours to reach from Norwich and the last train you can catch to make the game leaves Norwich at 9.57am.
Three changes are involved in the journey and these are at; Ely, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street.
WHERE TO DRINK
Within close proximity to the ground and Bordesley Station pubs tend to be occupied by home fans and although many of them do allow away fans in, some can be quite intimidating.
Two popular bars within 10 minutes of St Andrews are the bar at Hotel Ibis and the Cricketers Arms which is located behind the Morrisons supermarket. And in the city centre there are plenty of bars and pubs which welcome away fans.
WHERE TO EAT
Along Coventry Road there are a number of fast food restaurants and on the roundabout known as Bordesley Circus there is a McDonalds.
In the city centre New Street Station is adjoined to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre and the eastern wing of this has a large range of restaurants such as Nandos, Pizza Hut and Jamie's Italian.