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Updated February 11, 2021
Once an industrial hub of the South and ground zero for the civil rights movement, Birmingham is now a vibrant and diverse metropolis, known for its wide array of outdoor spaces and golf courses. Catch a bird's-eye view of the city from the iconic Vu
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Civil Rights District Civil Rights District free
To learn more about Birmingham's role in the civil rights movement, plan a visit to the Civil Rights District. This six-block area in downtown Birmingham encompasses several historic sites, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the A.G. Gaston Gardens and the Fourth Avenue Business District, among other points of interest.
Perhaps the most significant site is Kelly Ingram Park, which played host to civil rights rallies, demonstrations and confrontations in the 1960s, including the Children's Crusade. You can take a self-led walking tour through the park to learn about the notable protesters and the significant incidents of this turbulent time in the city's history, detailed by markers along the Freedom Walk route. The park is also home to the Four Spirits statues, which honor the four African American girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. To fully experience the walk, you can access a free audio tour from your cell phone by calling 205-307-5455.
Birmingham Railroad Park Birmingham Railroad Park free
Known as "Birmingham's Living Room," the 19-acre Railroad Park is where locals gather for recreational activities, concerts and special events. The park features a lake, jogging trails, skate bowls, an outdoor gym, playgrounds and the partially covered 17th Street Plaza, which offers restrooms and the Railroad Park Dining Car.
Recent travelers said this local favorite is a gorgeous green space. Reviewers commented on the clean restrooms, beautiful gardens, picnic facilities and scenic trails. Parents noted that their kids loved watching the trains go by at the adjacent railroad yard.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Birmingham Botanical Gardens free
Spanning more than 65 acres, these gorgeous gardens are known for their diverse plant collections. In fact, there are 30 thematic gardens divided into three categories: Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature and Gardens of Culture. You'll also find the only public horticultural library in the United States here. What's more, programs and workshops are available for both children and adults, and the Bruno Vegetable Garden provides food for Birmingham's needy. The gardens also feature several paths for walking and jogging, making it a great spot for both recreation and relaxation.
Recent visitors said a visit to the botanical gardens is a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Many commented on the variety of birds, as well as the diverse landscapes, from Japanese gardens to native woodlands. All agreed that the facility is well-maintained and appreciated its many amenities, including a restaurant, lots of outdoor seating and a gift shop.
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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute presents the moving story of the city's role in the civil rights movement, focusing not just on the past, but also on the continuing international struggle for human rights through permanent and temporary galleries. Exhibits detail some of the most significant events in Birmingham's history, including the tragic loss of life at the 16th Street Baptist Church during a bombing orchestrated by the Ku Klux Klan.
Most visitors call this museum a moving experience and a wonderful way to learn about the civil rights movement and its impact on our nation. Although the museum is family-friendly, some say the Confrontation Gallery (where visitors hear recorded voices of children and adults – both black and white – sharing sentiments they would only say behind closed doors) is disturbing and very emotional. Many recommend combining a visit to the institute with a walking tour of the downtown Civil Rights District.
Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Museum of Art free
Despite its small size, this art museum houses a notable and eclectic collection of Asian, European, Native American and African art, not to mention one of the best collections of Wedgwood in the country (in fact, it houses the most Wedgwood outside of England).
Recent visitors were impressed with the museum's noteworthy collection of Wedgwood, along with the Samuel Kress collection of European art and its Remington works. Reviewers also appreciated the free admission and free parking, and praised the museum's other facilities, including its on-site eatery and gift shop. However, a few noted that the outdoor art installation is somewhat overgrown and neglected.
Red Mountain Park Red Mountain Park free
There's something for everyone at Red Mountain Park, where miners once toiled to extract iron ore from the red soil. The 1,500-acre park features more than 15 miles of trails, two scenic overlooks, three treehouses, an off-leash dog park and adventures from zip lining and climbing to a ropes course.
Many visitors loved the zip line and ropes courses, but bemoaned the poorly marked and confusing trail signs and the lack of proper restrooms (the park does offer portable toilets). Most said the trails – not particularly long or challenging – are more for walkers than hikers, including families with strollers and small children. Pet owners also appreciated the dog park, as well as the plentiful free parking.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge
One of the largest golf course construction projects ever attempted, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail showcases a collection of public courses throughout the state of Alabama, including two courses in the Birmingham area, all designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Oxmoor Valley offers three courses: the Ridge with heavy tree cover and big elevation changes, the Valley with scenic lakes throughout and the Short course, which features 18 one-shot holes. The other local course, Ross Bridge, is one of the longest in the world and features two large lakes connected by a stunning waterfall.
Visiting golfers love both Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge, although many note that Ross Bridge is not only visually stunning, but also more challenging. Most reviewers complimented the excellent service at both courses and noted that one of the benefits of playing on RTJ courses is that the tee boxes vary to accommodate players from novice to expert. Experienced golfers preferred the diversity at the Ross Bridge course and said that it's in great shape, while some described the Oxmoor Valley course as "tired." Many golfers loved playing in November, when the weather is still fairly warm.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
If you're a gearhead, you won't want to miss George Barber's collection of motorcycles – the largest in the world, according to Guinness – featuring more than 1,400 bikes from 200 different manufacturers. The museum also houses an extensive selection of Lotus Cars, if you prefer four wheels to two.
Recent visitors called this museum a "world-class facility" and said that even if you're not into motorcycles, this collection is worth seeing. Other reviewers praised the assortment of Lotus Cars and the outdoor track, which hosts the Porsche Sport Driving School. The only gripe among recent visitors concerned the museum's facilities, or lack thereof: museumgoers said they would love to see a cafe or eatery added to the grounds.
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Vulcan Park and Museum Vulcan Park and Museum
Overlooking the city of Birmingham is a bearded man that pays homage to Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge. The largest cast iron statue in the world, Vulcan is a reminder of the city's iron mining roots. Visitors can ascend the Vulcan tower for spectacular, open-air city views or explore the ground-level museum to learn more about Birmingham's history. The park is also home to the city's official visitor center.
Recent visitors enjoyed the local legend surrounding the statue and said the trip up the tower is well worth the ticket. Some reviewers do caution, though, that the open grated floor on the observation deck may be a problem for those with a fear of heights. Most agreed that the museum is interesting, and noted this is a good attraction to visit on Sunday mornings, when most other attractions are closed.
McWane Science Center McWane Science Center
Kids of all ages will enjoy the interactive McWane Science Center. An integral part of the revitalization of downtown Birmingham, the center is located in the historic Loveman's department store building. Hands-on exhibits include the Fox 6 Weather Lab, the High Cycle (a high-wire bicycle that teaches visitors about the laws of gravity), the Itty Bitty Magic City and the Shark and Ray Touch Tank. The center also boasts an Imax theater.
Both parents and grandparents say McWane is a "super fun" place to spend a day with the kids, especially since the center appeals to a variety of age groups. Families that visited said they appreciated the option to purchase Imax theater admission separately and enjoyed the convenience of the on-site food court. However, some reviewers said the exhibits need to be updated more often.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
The art deco Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located in the Carver Theatre in the heart of the Civil Rights District. Exhibits honor Alabama jazz greats, including Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Beyond its collection of memorabilia and personal effects, the theater also presents shows by local jazz artists and comedians. The theater itself also plays a significant role in the city's civil rights history: it was one of several theaters offering first-run movies to African Americans.
Recent visitors called this small museum "a hidden jewel" and a must-see for jazz fans. However, some were disappointed with its petite size (it spans more than 2,200 square feet). But with an entrance fee of just $2, most travelers say it's an enjoyable stop to see memorabilia, ranging from Ray Charles' piano to Ella Fitzgerald's Neiman Marcus credit card.
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Fall In Love With Birmingham: Is it really that bad?
Birmingham, it’s England’s second city and home of Netflix’s Peaky Blinders fictional star, Tommy Shelby. And yet, it always ends up being overlooked as a travel destination. Over the years it’s acquired a bit of a bad reputation. From the mocked Brummie accent, to jabs about Birmingham city centre and its unpleasing aesthetic. Often, it seems people don’t want to travel to Birmingham because it’s not usually held in the highest regard.
However, is it really deserving of this bad reputation? Sure, it may not be the most gorgeous city out there but it has its hidden gems. Take it from a Brummie, if you look in the right places, it really is worth it to travel to Birmingham.
If you don’t believe me, then maybe it’s time to step into Tom Shelby’s Brummie shoes for the day. So, here’s a comprehensive guide of wonderful Brummie locations to assist your travel to Birmingham. Up first, we have:
1) Moseley Village
Moseley village is a vibrant and lively location situated in South Birmingham. Popular amongst locals for a reason, it’s home to numerous pubs and restaurants, as well as one-of-a-kind stores. It’s a great spot if you’re looking to grab a drink in one of the less touristy areas of the city. Good choices for food or drink include: The Prince of Wales (popular for its garden seating area), La Plancha, One Trick Pony and The Cuban Embassy.
And if you’re visiting in Spring or Summer, you’ll be able to catch its gorgeous annual floral display. Overall, Moseley village is a great place to visit for newbies in the Birmingham scene.
2) More Canals than Venice: Brindley Place
Ever heard the saying that Birmingham is home to more canals than Venice ? Well, this is the place to go see them. Although the old saying actually refers to Birmingham having more metres of canals than Venice, it’s still a pretty cool feature of Brum.
Brindley Place is an excellent choice of location for a day or evening out in Birmingham city centre. With the Mailbox on site, you can find some of Birmingham’s more upmarket shops and an array of restaurants and bars.
Given its slightly more upmarket status, for an evening activity it’s better suited to those looking for a dressier night out. And you might want to book in advance, because this one is popular amongst locals and tourists.
3) A Chocoholic’s Dream: Cadbury World
Cadbury world is probably the closest thing you’ll find to a real-life version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Located four miles south of Birmingham city centre, Cadbury World is sure to make any chocoholic’s dreams come true.
It’s home to the world’s biggest Cadbury store, stocked with freshly made chocolate (and trust me, you can tell the difference); a Cadbury café where you can grab a bite to eat (or feast on your new chocolate purchases, we won’t judge); or you can buy tickets for a self-guided tour filled with free chocolate bars and an insight into the production process and history of the brand. Regardless of age, Cadbury World is a must on your travel to Birmingham.
4) The Birmingham City Centre Arts Hub: Victoria & Chamberlain Square
Located beside Brindley Place, both Victoria and Chamberlain Square are imperative additions to your travel to Birmingham itinerary. Aside from the latter’s recent makeover, it’s the go-to location if you’re looking for arts-related activities.
With the Birmingham museum, library and theatre all conveniently located within a 5-minute walk of each other, it’s the ideal spot for any arts lover. And if you’re visiting during the festive period, it’s the perfect opportunity to see the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria.
5) The Custard Factory
If you’re looking for a slightly more alternative activity spot on your travel to Birmingham, the Custard Factory is ideal. It’s an up and coming area in Birmingham city centre and is only a ten-minute walk from the Bullring.
The Custard factory epitomises diverse entertainment. Some of its choices include: the German inspired beergarden, Zumhof Biergarten ; indoor mini golf at Ghetto Golf ; the board game cafe, Chance & Counters ; and the buffet style Digbeth Dining Club , which serves a variety of continental cuisines. At the Custard Factory, its wide array of activity choices render boredom impossible.
6) The Bullring & Grand Central
Home to the famous bull statue, you’ve probably heard of Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre and its counterpart, Grand Central Station. It’s one of the most famous parts of Birmingham city centre, although perhaps best suited to those looking for a day of shopping.
If that’s you, there’s a whole range of shops to choose from, including the giant Selfridges store across five different levels. And if you fancy taking a break in between your shopping spree, you can always take a trip to the indoors treetop mini golf or grab a bite to eat in one of the many coffee shops and restaurants nearby.
It’s worth the pit-stop, but if you’re struggling for time on your travel to Birmingham, this is probably one that’s a nice addition but not essential.
Travel to Birmingham City Centre | Summary
Whilst this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s a pretty good summary of Birmingham’s best bits. And in my biased Brummie opinion, suggests that Birmingham’s reputation falls short of its reality.
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The 26 best things to do in Birmingham
From winding canal walks to some of the country’s finest restaurants, these are the best things to do in Birmingham
Given how big and sprawling it is, it remains somewhat perplexing that Birmingham manages to maintain such a modest rep. Having long shed its neglected post-industrial image, England’s second city is now one of the country’s most exciting and diverse travel destinations. Among its miles of gorgeous canals and awesome greenery, you’ll find characterful pubs, fascinating museums and some of the best restaurants in the country.
Home to heavy metal music, a nationally adored chocolate company, the world’s biggest collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings, several high-flying football teams and around three million legendarily hospitable Brummies, Birmingham doesn’t just have a bit of everything – it has a lot of everything. Ready to get out there and explore? Here are the best things to do in Birmingham right now.
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Top things to do in Birmingham
1. Explore Brindleyplace and the canal quarter
What is it? Birmingham’s vibrant canal quarter is home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, the National Sea Life Centre and the Ikon Gallery .
Why go? The oft-quoted ‘more canals than Venice’ claim is a bit misleading – Birmingham is much, much bigger – but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on a walk around the canal quarter. It’s a real Cinderella part of town, having been hugely redeveloped and crammed full of restaurants and bars.
Don’t miss: Use the historic Roundhouse building as a base from which to explore by boat, bike or foot.
2. Mooch around the Jewellery Quarter
What is it? Pack a full day – and night – of fun in this increasingly popular part of town, where you’ll find everything from exhibitions to nightclubs.
Why go? With more than 200 listed buildings and more than 250 years of history, Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter should be on any Brum itinerary. According to English Heritage, Europe’s largest cluster of jewellery businesses is a ‘national treasure’. Museum nerds will love the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter , the Pen Museum and Newman Brothers Coffin Works . And with all the pubs, restaurants, galleries and independent boutiques here, there’s something for everybody else too.
Don’t miss: If you’re making a night of it, check in to BLOC , close to the ever-popular JQ nightclub. Try Jam House , or if you have something even later and livelier in mind, Brum’s up-for-it generation descend upon the Actress & Bishop from about 1am, with no intention of making it a quiet one.
3. Soak up the views from Orelle
What is it? A French fusion restaurant with some extraordinary views across the UK’s Second City.
Why go? Perched on the 24th floor of the imposing 103 Colmore Row, Birmingham simply doesn’t have anywhere else like Orelle . Huge floor-to-ceiling windows mean the city fans out below in all directions, while at night its twinkling lights look even more evocative. The food isn’t cheap but it’s well made and beautifully presented, but really, you’ve come here for the views, so drink them in.
Don’t miss: If you don’t want to eat, there are a few seats at the well-stocked bar available but bear in mind they’re first come first serve, and obviously busier at weekends.
4. Find tropical plants, birds and butterflies at the Botanical Gardens
What is it? Fifteen acres of ornamental gardens, glasshouses and exotic birds in indoor and outdoor aviaries.
Why go? The Botanical Gardens ’ exotic world of tropical plantlife makes for an excellent family day out. The glasshouses are filled with all manner of strange flora, while the lawns and shrubbery outside are perfect for a stroll during the sunnier months.
Don’t miss: The butterfly house full of tropical insects from as far as the Philippines, Central America and tropical parts of Africa.
5. Discover city secrets on a walking tour
What is it? If the weather holds out, there is no better way to see Birmingham than on foot.
Why go? There are some excellent guided walking tours, from Positively Birmingham ’s Edward Burne-Jones pre-Raphaelite art tour to Get Your Guide ’s Discovering Birmingham Walking tour through the historic Jewellery Quarter.
6. … or, for the energetic, a running tour
What is it? Founded by an air steward with a passion for running in cities all over the world, Run of a Kind offers those with a bit of energy a great alternative way to get to know the city.
Why go? With runs between 5km and 11km for beginners and those a bit more confident, the team sprint across Birmingham on a whistlestop tour of landmarks and hidden gems, including legendary LGBTQ+ venues, notable architecture and eye-popping street art.
7. Fill up in style at the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants
What is it? Birmingham has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city outside the capital.
Why go? Purnell’s , Simpsons , Adam’s , Carters , Opheem and – if you’re prepared to head just outside the city – Peel’s , will all bamboozle you with their culinary delights. And with more high-end independents opening all the time, you could get in before the Michelin inspectors do. A quiet food revolution has been rumbling through Brum – now’s your time to sample it.
8. Sample sours and stouts on the Stirchley Beer Mile
What is it? A journey through the creative craft beer joints dotting the Stirchley neighbourhood.
Why go? Stirchley might look like ordinary suburbia at first glance, but it hides a plethora of taprooms serving an eyewatering amount of styles. Enjoy waterside pints at Glasshouse and Birmingham Brewing , while Attic Brew Co’s spacious site is good for large groups and Cork and Cage do a fine line in lambics and gueuzes. Newcomers Deadbeat bring a low-key dive bar vibe.
Don’t miss: If you’re hungry, then Eat Vietnam’s wonderfully rich noodles, curries and small plates are the perfect way to soak up all that beer.
9. Lend an ear to the city’s homegrown musical talent
What is it? While London and Manchester will always get more attention when it comes to music, Birmingham has given the world its fair share of talent, including UB40, Duran Duran and Black Sabbath – and it’s still bubbling up at the present with a thriving local music scene.
Why go? Whether it’s house at The Mill , indie at The Sunflower Lounge , the Night Owl ’s northern soul or jazz at The Jam House , you’ll find something interesting within walking distance of the high street.
10. See the inspiration for ‘Lord of the Rings’ at Moseley Bog
What is it? A green idyll on the fringes of the city on the site of an old millpond.
Why go? Wander around this nature reserve full of plants, animals and insects, gnarled old trees and gorgeous carpets of bluebells each spring. The site is also of great archaeological interest, having two burnt mounds, the remains of an old mill dam and the foundations of Victorian greenhouses.
Don’t miss: Book a JRR Tolkien-themed tour at Sarehole Mill , on the fringes of the bog: the ‘Lord of the Rings’ author grew up around Moseley Bog in the 1890s, and it’s said to be the inspiration for hobbit hangout The Shire.
11. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Cadbury World
What is it? England’s number-one chocolate-focused attraction.
Why go? For the best views of Brum’s chocolate factory, arrive by train (13 minutes from New Street) and take a deep breath – a sweet haze envelopes the red-brick, olde-worlde Bournville village, which was designed and built for the workers of England’s flagship chocolate brand. Cadbury World is the public bit of the factory: tours include a deep dive into the history of cocoa, a 4D cinema and a ride in the self-styled ‘Beanmobile’.
Don’t miss: Have your Wonka experience in the demonstration area (yes, molten chocolate is involved; yes, you get to drink it). The world’s biggest Cadbury store also awaits, boasting concoctions unavailable anywhere else.
12. Tour the hallowed grounds of Villa Park
What is it? Take a tour of Aston Villa’s hallowed ground, or even catch a game.
Why go? There aren’t many football grounds in the world like Villa Park. The 42,000-capacity stadium has been home to the Villa since 1897, and it has an aura that few sporting institutions can match, especially when the Holte End is packed out and chanting along. Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour or catch the boys in claret and blue play a Premier League game.
Don’t miss: Fancy a real treat? You can watch the match in comfort at Eighty Two , the plush centre of football hospitality at Villa Park.
13. Meet the city’s creatives at the Custard Factory
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What is it? A restored Victorian factory, now a hub for creatives and independent businesses.
Why go? Alfred Bird invented custard powder in Birmingham in 1837, but these days, the old Custard Factory is a studio complex at the heart of Birmingham’s creative community. It’s home to many artists and is full of galleries, independent shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and the Mockingbird Cinema . With its graffiti-strewn walls and regular arts events, the whole area is well worth a few hours of mooching.
Don’t miss: Look out for regular open studio events to meet the designer-makers who make this place so special.
14. Go behind-the-scenes at Edgbaston cricket ground
What is it? The home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, plus numerous England fixtures.
Why go? There’s nothing as quintessentially English as a game of cricket, and Birmingham boasts one of the very best places to watch one. Edgbaston is renowned as one of the country’s most atmospheric international test grounds.
Don’t miss: Take a tour of the stadium to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Warwickshire and England changing room, the field, the media centre and more.
15. Sink a pint in grand Victorian pub The Bartons Arms
What is it? A grand Victorian pub with original stained glass, engraved mirrors and snob screens.
Why go? The Bartons Arms is a rare treasure among the mean streets of Newtown. Established in 1901 as a Victorian gin palace, it’s still beautifully ornate with original features such as Minton tiles, a grand horseshoe bar and a stunning wrought iron staircase climbed by the likes of Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin.
Don’t miss: Book a tour or choose a pint from its fine range of Oakham ales and something spicy from the Thai menu.
16. Time travel at the Birmingham Back to Backs
What is it? A quirky window into the living conditions of ordinary Brummies over the last 200 years.
Why go? Flanked by the colourful Hippodrome Theatre on one side and the lively LGBTQ+ bars of Hurst Street on the other, the Birmingham Back to Backs are in an unlikely location for a heritage site. But this communal courtyard with back-to-back houses is where ordinary folk once lived and guided tours take visitors on a journey from 1840 to 1970, to see how homelife evolved long before Nextflix and smartphones.
Don’t miss Not only does Court 15 Books have some fine second hand books for sales, there’s also regular free exhibitions upstairs.
17. Fill your bags at one of the city’s iconic shopping destinations
What is it? A marketplace since the twelfth century, Birmingham is still a city for shoppers.
Why go? The Bullring is now a giant mall incorporating the iconic Selfridges building (looking like a part-amorphous blob, part-crash-landed UFO). Across town, the Mailbox is a classier joint with the likes of Harvey Nichols and Emporio Armani.
Don’t miss: Most interesting are the independents, which you’ll find scattered all over town and in places like the splendid Great Western Arcade .
18. Wine and dine at the Grand Hotel
What is it? A Grade II-listed Victorian hotel in the city centre
Why go? The legendary Grand Hotel reopened in the summer of 2020 following an 18-year closure and a painstaking multi-million-pound restoration. The building has hosted a plethora of historical figures, from Winston Churchill to Malcolm X, and now you can explore its striking Victorian and art deco interiors, including the jaw-dropping Grosvenor Ballroom and a new rooftop garden terrace.
Don’t miss: The brand new outdoor terrace in the central courtyard.
19. Discover the treasures of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Note: This venue is temporarily closed and will reopen in 2024. Check back for updates!
What is it? BMAG is full of treasures – from Anglo-Saxon gold to more contemporary pieces.
Why go? Housing the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world and occupying one of the city’s finest buildings, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is not to be missed. Head up to the third level for a detailed, hands-on history of Birmingham and its people.
Don’t miss: The domed Round Room is often the location for free musical performances. Make time for a slice of cake at the refurbished Edwardian Tea Room.
20. See world-class theatre at the Rep
What is it? The Rep is the jewel in the crown of Brum’s theatre scene; it’s a lively venue with an emphasis on diverse programming.
Why go? A production house for well over a century, it’s got more decades under its belt than the National Theatre in London or its West Midlands neighbours the RSC. And with major-league director Sean Foley in charge, it shows no sign of slowing down.
Don’t miss: While there’s edgier programming the rest of the year, its annual production of ‘The Snowman’ is a delightful seasonal cuddle.
21. Fill up on thalis at Raja Monkey
What is it? A South Indian restaurant with a canteen vibe.
Why go? If you really want to dine like a Brummie, then a trip to a curry house is mandatory. The Balti Triangle – located south of the city centre – is famed for its long-established restaurants, but we suggest you head to Raja Monkey. This Hall Green spot serves thalis and street-food snacks like dosa and uttapam with cheerful informality.
Don’t miss: Try the thalis for a taste of what's on offer.
22. Marvel at the Birmingham Royal Ballet
What is it? One of the five major ballet companies in the UK producing jaw-dropping shows.
Why go? The tenure of Carlos Acosta as artistic director is a major coup for Birmingham Royal Ballet. The company has an illustrious history, but the celebrated Cuban dancer has implemented bold plans to re-energise it. Expect plenty of risks and surprises, plus a mix of classic revivals and ambitious partnerships.
Don’t miss: A single second of the action. No, seriously.
23. Treat your ears to a concert at Symphony Hall
What is it? Opulent concert hall that is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra .
Why go? This grandiose venue was opened in 1991 and has delivered a rich programme of gigs and concerts ever since. Fun fact: it was recently voted as having the seventh-best concert-hall acoustics in the entire world.
Don’t miss: If you don’t know your Schubert from your Haydn, ease yourself in by visiting during the festive December programme. The Hall looks even better for candlelit carols.
24. See the largest collection of British motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum
What is it? The world’s largest collection of British motorcycles.
Why go? A must-see for all petrolheads, this Bickenhill museum has more than 1,000 different motorcycles, dating back to an 1898 Beeston Humber Tricycle. There are also plenty of pretty serious modern superbikes.
Don’t miss: Book a guided highlights tour with an experienced guide to get a behind-the-scenes look.
25. Follow in the footsteps of Birmingham’s baddest gang on the ‘Peaky Blinders’ tour
What is it? Stalk the very same streets as the real Peaky Blinders on these dedicated tours .
Why go? Because you love the show and now want to follow in the footsteps of Birmingham’s most infamous criminal gang. Take a Peaky Tour in Digbeth and visit the lock-up at Steelhouse Lane police station where some of the gang were incarcerated.
Don’t miss: Further afield at the wonderful open-air Black Country Living Museum , you can see the TV show’s sets for yourself.
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- 10 Beautiful Places To Visit In Birmingham For A Joyous Holiday In England In 2023
23 Mar 2023
The city of Birmingham in England beckons travelers with its rich culture and heritage. The vast amount of history associated with the city of Birmingham coupled with the city’s contemporary recreational activities makes it a favorite among tourists and from all across the globe. With a tourist footfall of more than forty million per year, there’s no doubt as to why Birmingham is one of the most visit-worthy tourist hotspots in England. Considering the innumerable places of interest that Birmingham is home to, it might often prove to be challenging to figure out the important places to visit. To make the task easier, here is a list of important places to visit in Birmingham that should be in your itinerary when you visit.
10 Outstanding Places To Visit In Birmingham
Take a peek at all these wonderful places to visit in Birmingham that will add a pinch of excitement to your holiday in England.
1. Victoria Square And Birmingham City Centre 2. Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery 3. Birmingham Botanical Gardens 4. ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum 5. National Sea Life Centre 6. Jewellery Quarter 7. St. Philip’s Cathedral 8. Barber Institute Of Fine Arts 9. Cadbury World 10. Black Country Living Museum
1. Victoria Square And Birmingham City Centre
The Victoria Square is the heart of the city and can be explored through the Birmingham City Centre Path. One can visit the beautiful Town Hall which is an epitome of Victorian architecture made of Anglesey Marble. Mistry’s fountain, The River is the biggest sculptural piece in the square. The Symphony Hall has excellent acoustics and a stunning auditorium in which top-rated artists perform regularly. There are two memorials in the same area, one dedicated to Queen Victoria, which was made by Thomas Brock in 1901 but recasted in bronze by William Bloye, and the other one dedicated to James Watt, and they’re both some of the best places to visit in Birmingham. The famous “Big Brum” clock on the Renaissance-style Council House is also located in the same area.
Location: Birmingham B1 1BD, England Timings: 7 AM – 4 PM (Sunday Closed)
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2. Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery
Opened in 1885, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is considered to be one of the finest museums. It houses pre-Raphaelite works as well as artwork by painters from the 17th to 19th centuries. The museum also has interesting displays relating to the history of the city and archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age. The assortment of relics incorporates coins from old occasions through to the Middle Ages, antiquities from Ancient India and Central Asia, Ancient Cyprus and Ancient Egypt. The Pinto collection has more than six thousand toys made of wood and the Edwardian Tearooms make for an excellent high-tea experience. The Ikon Gallery is a contemporary art museum that piques the interest of contemporary art lovers among all the other places to see in Birmingham.
Location: 3 Congreve Passage Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DA, England Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM
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3. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The nineteenth-century Birmingham gardens that are spread across 15 acres are home to innumerable species. The gardens are well known for their beautiful collection of bonsai trees and tropical birds. The gardens contain more than 7,000 distinct plants and house The British National Bonsai Collection. Probably the most established example is the “Omiya tree”, a 250-year-old Juniperus Chinensis in the casual upstanding style, displayed to the assortment in 1995 by the then city of Omiya, Japan. There are numerous abnormal and eminent plants in the nurseries including two fine Himalayan Cedars near the fountain. There is likewise a sensory nursery that highlights explicit plants that improve the senses.
Location: Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR, England Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM Entry fee: INR 707
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4. ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum
For all those who are interested in science, the Birmingham Science Museum is a must-visit place. ThinkTank houses numerous science exhibits, most of which are hands-on and interactive. This is what makes it a major attraction for science enthusiasts and children as well. From Aircrafts, locomotives, cars and tractors to steam engines, Trams and to the famous chocolate packaging machine, also to Woolrich Generator, the world’s first heavy electrical machine, this museum has it all. The Birmingham Science Museum is also home to the authentic aircraft that dates back to the Second World War-era, the Science Garden, the human-sized hamster wheel and the ThinkTank Planetarium. For all the science-buffs, this is another of the educational tourist places to visit in Birmingham.
Location: Curzon Street, Millennium Point, Birmingham B4 7XG, England Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM Entry fee: INR 830 – 1290
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5. National Sea Life Centre
The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is among the most-visited tourist attractions of the city which is home to more than sixty exhibits related to marine life. Lodging more than 2,000 animals from around the globe, the inside portrays itself as a spot that ‘transports guests into a submerged universe of revelation’. The massive tank with a capacity of a million liters steals the show. The tourists have access to a beautiful underwater tunnel through which they can witness life under the sea, ranging from reefs to giant turtles. The Penguin Ice Adventure habitat allows visitors to watch the adorable penguins and the Penguin feeding program adds on to the fun and frolic. A 4D informational cinema is also available. The visitors can also watch different species such as red pandas, lemurs and meerkats at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park.
Location: 3 Brindley Place, The Waters Edge, Birmingham B1 2HL, England Timings: 10 AM – 4 PM Entry fee: £ 16.24
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6. Jewellery Quarter
Around forty percent of Britain’s jewelry is produced in this region by more than 200 jewelers’ workshops and silversmiths. The top sightseeing spot in this area is the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, which allows the visitors to take an insiders’ look at the trade. The other important places of interest in this area are Hall of Memory, which was erected to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the Second World War, St. Paul’s Square, and the famous Pen Museum showing the rich history of how pens were made using nineteenth-century techniques. The zone was home to many plunge pen makers who assumed an indispensable job in the pen exchange of the city. During the main portion of the twentieth century, Swan Pens opened an enormous gold pen production line in the city, exploiting the gifted gold laborers of the Jewelry Quarter.
Location: Vyse St, Jewellery Quarter, Hockley Birmingham, England Timings: 24/7 Entry fee: Nil
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7. St. Philip’s Cathedral
The St. Philip’s Cathedral is rich in history. The cathedral was built in 1715 as a parish church and it was raised to the current status in 1905. The cathedral was subjected to the bombing in 1940. The St. Martin’s church dating from the 13th century is another place of religious interest in the same area. The church is a Grade I recorded structure. St Philip’s is the third smallest basilica in England, with Derby and Chelmsford being the first and second respectively. It’s among the best places to visit in Birmingham for couples and families.
Location: Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB, England Timings: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM Entry fee: Nil
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8. Barber Institute Of Fine Arts
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is close to Birmingham University and houses famous artworks from the Renaissance period till the twentieth century. The beautiful institute houses work of brilliant artists such as Bellini, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Watteau, Manet, Monet, Gainsborough, Degas, Constable, Botticelli and the like. The excellent statues, classic lunchtimes, and evening concerts are other interesting things to do in the same year. The Grade II recorded Art Deco building was made by Robert Atkinson in the 1930s and was opened in 1939 by Queen Mary.
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, England Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM Entry fee: Nil
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9. Cadbury World
The visitors here get to learn about the history of chocolates and Cadbury in a fun way and enjoy learning the manufacturing process of Cadbury, one of the world’s largest confectioners. There is also a theme-park-like attraction that proves to be a favorite among families visiting the Cadbury World. The visitors also get to shop at the world’s largest Cadbury sweet shop, making it one of the best places to visit in Birmingham for family. Cadbury World as of now includes 14 zones which recount to the narrative of chocolate and the Cadbury business through different static sets, animatronics, video introductions, multi-tactile film, intuitive presentations and exercises, and staff exhibits.
Location: 84 Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1LA, England Timings: 10 AM – 3 PM Entry fee: £17.50 (adults) | £12.85 (children)
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10. Black Country Living Museum
This 26-acre museum, located just 9 miles away from the city of Birmingham, provides a rich insight into the history of mining. It consists of an old mine shaft and about fifty authentic buildings that can be explored. There are costumed guides who explain to the visitors the type of life that was led by the people back in time. It is one of the best open-air museums in England. It is a favorite among those who want to explore the history of industrialization but in a fun way.
Location: Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ, England Timings: 10 AM – 4 PM Entry fee: £18.45 (adults); free for children
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We bet you didn’t know about all these amazing places to visit in Birmingham. But now that you do, what are you still waiting for? Pack your bags and book your vacation in England soon. The lovely city of Birmingham is calling out to you!
Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Birmingham
Where can tourists go for a day out in Birmingham?
While in Birmingham, one can choose to visit Cadbury World, Ikon Gallery, the Black Country Living Museum, Birmingham Library, Lapworth Museum of Geology, Sandwell Valley Country Park, Dudley Zoological Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Jewellery Quarter, National Sea Life Centre, and the like.
What can you do in Birmingham for free?
There are a number of free things to do in Birmingham, such as: 1. Reading books in the Library of Birmingham 2. Indulging in free live music 3. Walking the Tolkien Trail at Moseley Bog 4. Visiting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 5. Street art shopping in Digbeth 6. Walking along the canals 7. Relaxing in the beautiful parks of Birmingham 8. Taking part in Parkrun 9. Walking along the beautiful canals 10. Exploring the views for Lickey Hills
How many tourists visit Birmingham every year?
Birmingham receives more than forty million tourists every year. The rich history and variety of activities available contribute immensely to the booming tourist industry of Birmingham.
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Here are the some best places to visit in birmingham:, symphony hall.
Symphony Hall is one of the biggest concert halls in Birmingham that can seat at least 2,262 people. The Queen of England, officially inaugurated the place in 1991and from that time this place has been one of the major places to visit in Birmingham. The place hosts around 300 events annually and is also known for its eye-catching interiors.
National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, is in Bickenhill. You will be amazed to know that the museum has the largest collection of British Motorcycles in the world. There are over 1,000 different types of bikes, as exhibits in the museum. Apart from covering the history of motorcycle manufacturing, the place also has conference facilities.
National Sea Life Centre
The National Sea Life Centre, is one of the UK’s only 360-degree Ocean Tunnels, per se. You can meet many marine creatures upfront and personal, at the facility. You can call it one of the best tourist places in Birmingham for kids. There are penguins, jelly fishes, and sea otters waiting to meet you there.
Now, you can choose from amongst a variety of escape room themes at Escape Games in Birmingham. The place is packed with a lot of adventure, so if you are looking for some adrenaline rush, you have got to visit Escape Games. You can play with your own people, and also with other teams. Find clues, solve puzzles, and win missions at one of the best Birmingham tourist places.
Winterbourne House And Garden
The Winterbourne House and Garden is a beautifully restored Edwardian house with an attached botanic garden located in Birmingham. It is a few minutes away from the city centre. You can find at least 6,000 plant species from across the world there. The park has been divided into various microclimatic segments, emulating specific geographical zones.
Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most popular museums and art galleries in Birmingham. You will find one of the largest collections of fine artworks, metal artworks, ceramics, and archaeology, over there. Some of the exhibitions at the museum are free, while some are chargeable. Additionally, you can also attend pop-ups at the place and buy gifts for your loved ones back home.
The Birmingham Hippodrome is a large theatre in Birmingham, which opened way back in 1899. The large-scale theatre has been going strong, since the last 115 years. The place has at least 1,900 seats, and also plays host to western music, dance, and opera. It is one of the most popular tourist places in Birmingham, today. Moreover, the theatre gets a regular attendance of 600,000 members.
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Sheldon Country Park
If you are looking for a walk in the beautiful greenery of the city, then you must head to Sheldon Country Park. It is 300 acres of open grassland where you will also find hedge lands, woodlands, and wetlands. There is a small dairy farm as well, near the entrance.
Aston Hall happens to be one of the most iconic buildings in Birmingham and also one of the last Jacobean Houses, to be built there in English territory. The place consists of a beautiful house nestled within the estate. There are quite a few displays inside, through which you can go back to the lives of the dwellers. The displays also include personal furniture or usable goods. It is significant as the site of bombardment in the Civil wars. After a year of closure due to maintenance, the place is open to the public again.
Cadbury World is a big visitor’s attraction in Birmingham. You can avail yourself of a self-guided exhibition tour that is run by Cadbury World, itself. On this tour, you will be able to learn about the origins of cocoa, the process of manufacturing chocolate, and more. You can also taste the delicious chocolates made by Cadbury.
Great Western Arcade
The Great Western Arcade is located in the heart of the city, Birmingham. There are many retail shops in the arcade where you can shop. There are two entrances to the place, one on Temple Row and the other on Colmore Row. You can shop for boutique items like jewellery, gifts, and accessories, to name a few.
The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, is one of the top spots for jewellery retailers. There are around 700 jewellers who have set shop there. Apart from the jewellery stores, you will also find numerous restaurants, pubs, and cafes in the area. It is truly one of the most popular tourist places in Birmingham.
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is also known as the Birmingham Nature Centre and is known for showcasing the animals and finding that the zoo also has a captive breeding program and conservation projects running at all times. It was opened on the site of a mill, called Pebble Mill, on 1 May 1964.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens And Glasshouses
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses offer some attractions for all age groups. Apart from the gardens, the place consists of some of the most stunning glass houses in the UK. The glass houses have different microclimates such as Japanese Gardens, Arid Gardens and Tropical forests, to name a few.
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Gas Street Basin
The Gas Street Basin is in the heart of Birmingham’s Canal network. There are several streets lining the canal network where you will find the finest bars, pubs, and cafes. Apart from such places, you will also find many modern buildings there. The presence of such an extensive range of canals draws comparisons with Venice and plays a huge role in the industrial revolution of Britain. Furthermore, it forms a pathway for trade and commerce.
Baddesley Clinton is one of the best architectural manor houses, with a moat. Moreover, it is nestled amidst lovely gardens and also a few Victorian gardens. You can call it one of the popular Birmingham tourist places. It is a late mediaeval manor house whose Elizabethan windows are visible from a long distance. The manor house was home to the Ferrers family for over 500 years. Henry Ferrers had built the maximum part of the house. It was built sometime in the 15th /16th century.
St. Philip’s Cathedral
Philip’s Cathedral is listed amongst the top Birmingham places to visit. St. Philip’s Cathedral is a church of England. With the Bishop of Birmingham having his seat there. The cathedral is located on Colmore Row and is famous as the third-smallest cathedral in the city.
Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park is an 80-acre park, which is located in Birmingham. The 80-acres comprises parklands with another 120-acres of woodlands, attached to the area. The park is also home to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre and Mac Theatre. Mr T J Gibson designed the park. The park was thrown open to the public in 1873.
Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens
The Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens is located on Chester Road, in the West Midlands. It is one of the most popular ancient 18th century gardens in Birmingham. It is located on the periphery of the city, and is a Grade II structure. The walled garden will effortlessly transport you to the Dutch and French era.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is an independent charity institution that traces the birth of the renowned writer and poet. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is located in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was established in 1847, to preserve all the records related to Shakespeare’s works and you can also consider it as his national memorial. The institution is totally reliant on the public for support.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway's Cottage is a farmhouse located in Shottery, in Warwickshire. It is located about a mile from Stratford-upon-Avon. The farmhouse has 12 rooms, and is surrounded by gardens. The house was built from the 15th century onwards, in several phases. During the days of Shakespeare, the house was known as Hewlands Farm. There is more than 90 acres of land attached to it. It is the site of Shakespeare’s wife’s birth. The two also started their courtship from there.
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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Step into the world of creativity and colours, with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. It is a fun place for children within the age group of 12 years. Spend the ultimate family day out in Birmingham.
Blakesley Hall is one of the finest Tudor Houses in the UK, with beautiful gardens and architecture. Moreover, it is just a few miles away from the centre of the city. The architecture is purely Elizabethan and is very attractive for onlookers. Built in 1590, it belongs to one of Birmingham’s richest families and is considered one of the finest tourist places in Birmingham.
ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum
The ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum is housed inside the Millennium Point building in Birmingham. You can browse through a huge variety of exhibits inside the place. All the floors of the building have exhibits of a different nature. Moreover, you can make some amazing science discoveries there. The most unique Birmingham tourist place is here for science aficionados.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company or The RSC is one of the remarkable places to visit in Birmingham. Among various Birmingham tourist places, this marks to be a marvellous theatre with some incredible shows. The RSC supports three theatres presenting top-class musicians, technicians, and actors. So let yourself have a wonderful time in the hometown of legendary Shakespeare and enjoy every minute.
Library Of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham is a distinguishing place in the city and offers a treasure chest for book lovers. You can locate it at Centenary Square, in the heart of the city centre. The place is a superb modification of the old Birmingham Central Library and offers a great collection of rare books.
Birmingham Back To Backs
As an example of Britain's industrial towns and the style of the similar pattern houses, Birmingham Back to Backs stands as one of the places to visit in Birmingham. It reveals the historical lifestyle of the residents during the 19th and 20th centuries. Many people love to call the place Court 15.
Black Country Living Museum
This open Museum is a must-visit place to visit in Birmingham. The distance of the Black Country Living Museum is about 10 miles from the city centre of Birmingham. You will observe the spectacular buildings having historic importance. Thus, it is a fantastic place presenting the 300-year-old heritage.
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Pen museum is a fabulous destination in Birmingham to reveal the secrets of steel pen trading. It is the only Museum showing the spectacles of the old steel pens. Furthermore, you will get to know all the details regarding the position of Birmingham during those times. Also, learn what the methods for dealing with such pens were. The manufacturing history is also included in the tour of the Museum.
Winterbourne Garden offers a breathtaking view for all the spectators. This heritage site is under the control and management of the University of Birmingham. Hence, the university staff and students can have a splendid time observing this marvellous vista. It is free for them and ensures a great study environment and mind relaxation.
Creativity reaches a new level as you step into the awe-striking atmosphere of the Custard Factory. It is one of the notable places to visit in Birmingham and lets you experience something different in this city. Thus, it is not unusual to keep it as one of the top choices for the UK tour.
Mary Arden's Farm
Mary Shakespeare's dwelling has been restored in the form of Mary Arden's House. This remarkable place carries hundreds of historic moments in Mary Arden's Farm. Moreover, the mid-sixteenth-century house is an excellent site for tourists. The Forest of Arden is another name for this spot.
The Coffin Works
Making coffins is unique and attracts new visitors a lot. Thus, being one of the Grade II listed buildings, The Coffin Works provides interesting guided tours to the courtyard. It shows the process of giving shapes to different coffins and the innovative ideas of the makers.
Barber Institute Of Fine Arts
As the name signifies, Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a very dear place for creative people. If you are a student of Fine Arts or work in this field, you must skip the visit to this location in Birmingham. It offers the finest art galleries of Europe of all time with a famous campus.
Victoria Square is a famous pedestrianised spot in Birmingham. Thus, while noting the renowned places to visit in Birmingham, you must not forget about this public junction. Lying adjacent to Chamberlain Square, it attracts most tourists for the presence of some remarkable buildings.
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Birmingham city centre.
Birmingham City Centre marks the centralised location in the heart of the city. Thus, pointing out the best places to visit in Birmingham, this lively place is a mind-blowing junction for different stores and restaurants. In addition, other remarkable shopping brands ensure a lovely experience in this part of the city.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and projects Shakespeare's famous plays in a new style. It is a Grade-II listed building and has more than 1040 seats for the audience. The English playwright's marvels will become visible more prominently now with extra energy as you check the plays in this theatre.
Coventry Building Society Arena
Coventry Building Society Arena is famous for multiple purposes and is considered a wonderful site in Birmingham. The world-class venue for exhibiting various innovative items has the capacity to win the viewers' hearts entirely. In addition, there are more than 2000 spaces for car parking.
Birmingham Museums Trust runs a marvellous museum in Matthew Boulton's memory which is known as the Soho House. It tells the public the life history of this famous personality and also gives glimpses of the Industrial Revolution. Soho House thus celebrates some creative activities with the family and the distinguishing stories of Matthew's life.
One of the largest athletic fields in Birmingham is Alexander Stadium. Birmingham City Council is the operator and owner of this famous stadium. It was established in 1976 and later on experienced many extensions and modifications.
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1. Winterbourne House & Garden: Winterbourne House and Garden is a public garden influenced by the Edwardian period in the twentieth century. Featuring over 6000 flowering plants and a rich greenery, the villa's garden offers a plethora of possibilities to learn more about nature while also providing plenty of fun at the garden and Maples Day Nursery. A romantic stroll through lush gardens is a must-do activity. 2. Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses: Various species may be found inside these beautiful gardens of Birmingham, which dates back to the eighteenth century. The grounds are especially known for its exquisite bonsai trees and exotic birds collection. The British National Bonsai Collection is also a part of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which comprises over 7,000 different plants. Give your spouse a whiff of wonderful smells by bringing them to this Place in Birmingham. 3. Cadbury World Chocolate Factory: Who wouldn’t want to go to the world of chocolate? Cadbury World brings to you a theme park style that is very well loved among chocolate loving tourists. Tourists have a chance to get an insiders’ view into the history of chocolate as well as learn about Cadbury's production process, which is among the largest in the world. They can also shop from the world's biggest Cadbury candy store, making it one of the best places to visit in Birmingham. 4. Cannon Hill Park: Cannon Hill Park is a popular tourist attraction in South Birmingham. Cannon Hill Park's main attractions are its dreamlike green setting, a children's ’s playground, boating with your family in the lake, a fun game at the miniature golf course, the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre, and the MAC. 5. Sutton Park: Take a leisurely stroll in this peaceful and beautiful park. Perhaps one of Europe's biggest metropolitan parks, the National Nature Reserve is spread across 2,400 acres. Enjoy a diverse range of landscapes, including old woods, hedgerows, swamps, and marshes.
Which are the best places to visit in Birmingham at night?
1. The Mailbox: The Mailbox, which houses fancy restaurants, bars, designer stores, and the BBC television sets, is a historic central post office. Now it has transformed into one of the most popular party Places in Birmingham for the younger generation. There are about 20 restaurants providing upscale cocktails and cuisine from across the world, guaranteeing you an unforgettable night. 2. Arcadia: The Arcadian is a fancy plaza comprising pubs, cocktail bars, restaurants, and the Glee Club. It draws a trendy audience of youngsters that enjoy going out to bars. On warm nights, when crowds flow out of the bars and onto the courtyard to hang out, it's very entertaining and really gives you a glimpse of Birmingham's nightlife. 3. Broad Street: Broad Street is quite literally a broad street in the heart of downtown, dotted with pubs and nightclubs. Pitcher & Piano, O'Neill's Irish Bar, and Revolution Birmingham have long been renowned as Birmingham's nightlife hotspots, attracting the youth of this generation, wanting to party late into the night. There are numerous top rated Indian restaurants as well that serve Birmingham's famous Balti curries. 4. Star City: Star City is a well known attraction among the tourist as well as the localites, that houses the city's best theater with 25 screens which also includes the VIP seating. There are several cute little cafes here that serve a variety of local dishes. You can stop by and grab a quick snack before heading to Adventure Island for a movie, a game of 10-pin bowling, or perhaps even mini golf.
What is the best time to visit Birmingham?
You will get the best of Birmingham during the spring and autumn, when it's not the peak hours and you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at very reasonable prices. So it is recommended that you visit Birmingham during the months of March through May or September through November.
What is Birmingham famous for?
Birmingham is given the title of the "world's oldest industrial city" and was dubbed the "City of a Thousand Trades" after it was granted official recognition in the year1889. This was the year a large number of industries decided to relocate in the city, owing to its extensive water network.
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Our Guide to Dog Friendly Birmingham City Centre
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Birmingham is Britain’s second largest City after London. Filled with a plenty of buzz, it’s no wonder millions of people pass through the city every month. Here’s our guide to dog friendly Birmingham! Enjoy the second biggest city with your pooch.
City Walk s
Despite being a bustling city home to over 1 million people there are still some amazingly green spaces to explore with your pooches. Just a 15 minute walk out of the centre will take you to Sunset and Moonlit Park .
Two adjacent parks that are linked but both very different. Sunset Park is a nice walk with lots of open space for your dogs to run and explore, walk a little further and you will reach Moonlit Park, full of sports facilities and play areas for children of all ages.
Fancy less green and more exploration? With more canals than Venice try heading towards one of the many waterways of Birmingham for an adventure. Head towards Brindley Place and join the canals there for a gentle walk in a great atmosphere. Keep your eyes open and you might stumble across a Dog friendly café to enjoy a quick break.
Alternatively, head up towards the Jewellery Quarter, this industrial hub of Birmingham is responsible for producing 40% of all the jewellery in the UK. Take a look in a few windows on your way to more canals and you might just find something special.
Breakfast / Brunch
As the most important meal of the day why would you not want to share it with your best friend? Especially after all that walking!
Urban Café i n the Jewellery Quarter is perfect for breakfast or brunch. They serve an amazing range of choices suitable for all dietary requirements, alongside their varied drinks menu.
If you’re after something a bit more central, then give Boston Tea Party a visit. With a first come first served service style you’re sure be enjoying your food as soon as possible. They are proud to promote sustainability, being breastfeeding friendly and they welcome dogs! It’s clear to see why they’re a favourite of ours.
When you need your daily pick me up you should definitely visit Wayland’s Yard ! They pride themselves in being a place for the whole community. Serving a range of “proper” coffee and food you’re sure to find something to enjoy. Staff are super friendly too, especially their shop dog Kobe!
What better way to enjoy a day out that visiting a few shops with your dog? Birmingham has quite a few dog friendly shops that are worth making a visit too. If you fancy a walk through the high street you could pay a visit to the Apple store for any tech needs, Waterstones for something new to read, Lush to treat yourself to something nice, White Stuff for all your clothing needs or Cotswold Outdoor for any of your exploring needs!
Obviously, after a busy morning walking and shopping, you are going to need to refuel with some lunch! There are a number of dog friendly dining venues in Birmingham so it really is your choice!
For an amazing handmade pizza experience give The Stable a go! Their pizza dough is made on-site every day and hand-stretched to order making these pizzas truly unique. Plus they have options for veggies and vegans too! What more could you want?
More in the mood for a burger or a kebab? The Head of Steam is the place to be! From triple-stacked beef burgers to vegan jackfruit kebabs and everything in between! This place is a meat lover’s dream (and a vegan dream too… if we’re honest it’s just a dream for everyone!)
1000 Trades is in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter and boasts a mantra of “Quality not Quantity” This means they keep their menu small but give it a complete overhaul every six weeks!
Feel like you can’t decide what you want? Or just want to try a little of everything? Digbeth Dining Club is the one for you! Open Thursday through to Sunday with a number of different vendors serving various styles of food there is definitely going to be something to please everyone here, and your pooch will love the attention.
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If you’re feeling like you need to burn off your lunch then head to Cannon Hill Park . It’s a hive of activity with loads to see and do and your pooch will love the open spaces to run and explore. Cannon Hill is so big it could be a day out on its own!
After a fun-packed day exploring dog friendly places in Birmingham city, it might be nice to relax with a drink in hand. For a more chilled atmosphere check out The Physician , dogs are made to feel at home in the bar with biscuits and water, and a wide variety of drinks at the bar makes it the perfect place to chill out with you pup.
How about visiting a secret garden with a show stopping range of botanical cocktails? The Botanist is one of our favourite hangouts. This wonderful place has foraged high and low to bring you a host of exceptional food and drink delights. They regularly host live music nights and monthly dog walks – yes they love welcoming our furry pals.
Do you enjoy vodka? With over 100 vodkas, The Rose Villa Tavern will offer some of the tastiest vodkas from all over the world! That’s not forgetting the tasty American diner grub and cocktails they have on the menu.
How about a craft beer? The Wolf is a hub for some of the finest craft beers. These guys welcome wolves in all shapes and sizes, and they even serve tasty deli dishes.
Another of our crafty favourites is BrewDog ! Although small, there are a number of tables for you to relax. The staff are more than friendly and love any four legged visitors and will happily give them some fuss. Bowls of water are provided but if you want a great photo opportunity you can treat your dog to their very own beer, the “subwoofer”.
What better way to end an amazing day with your best friend?
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