As England’s second city, Birmingham can often be overlooked because London has so much to offer. Known for its industrial past, this city has gone through years of regeneration. Most recently being the facelifted New Street Train station and new tram links. Birminghams best attractions are waiting for you, here is a taste of the top things to do in the city.
Museum and art gallery
Standing in the centre overlooking Victoria square, Birminghams Museum and art gallery is as impressive inside as it is on the outside. Here you will find collections of paintings, an exhibit on the history of Birmingham and the impressive Staffordshire Hoard. This local treasure is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Other highlights are the pre-raphaelites exhibit containing over 3000 paintings and drawings and the small ancient Egypt exhibit. Best of all the museum is free to enter.
As one of Birminghams best attractions, Cadbury World is a favourite with both children and adults. Discover how chocolate is made by taking a self-guided tour through the 14 zones and. There are interactive exhibits, video presentations and chocolate tasting too.
As part of your ticket price, you get a goody bag with a selection of great chocolates to take home with you too. If that’s not enough there’s a great shop at the end of the tour with some exclusive treats. Find Cadbury world in Bourneville not far from the city centre.
Sea Life Centre
Another centrally located attraction, you can find the sea life centre near to the middle of the city in Brindley Place. Top creatures to see include Sharks, popular Clown-fish, Sea Turtles and the Octopus. Of course, there’s the arctic experience with the playful penguins too!
Families with children of all ages will enjoy seeing the amazing sea creatures especially walking through the spectacular Ocean tunnel. Where Black tip reef sharks and Giant seas turtles swim all around you, you will feel like you are really under the sea.
West Midlands Safari Park
A great day out a short drive from Birmingham which features a drive-through safari, five walk-through areas and special seasonal events. A highlight of the tour is the magnificent African Elephants whilst driving through the African plains.
You will also find the Land of the Living Dinosaurs, which is the UK’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction! Once you’ve seen all of the animals there’s an action adventure theme park with some rides to enjoy too.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
A beautiful Victorian style lawn and gardens with flower beds, shrubberies and herb gardens which vary throughout the year. A lovely walk whatever the season but inside the glass houses it doesn’t matter on the weather outside. Four glass houses, the exotic Tropical house, Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid houses can be visited containing plants and flowers you wouldn’t normally see. One of Birmingham’s best attractions for nature lovers.
Birmingham is a shopper’s dream. From the famous bullring with its metallic Selfridges building to independent shops at the custard factory. A savvy shopper’s paradise with bargains to be had and where designer brands can be found in abundance. There is so much choice in the city centre .
There’s also craft, wedding and vintage fayres throughout the year at different locations around the city. No wonder it’s a popular destination for a weekend shopping break.
During certain times of the year Birminghams best attractions can be the events held in the city. The streets of Birmingham come alive at Christmas time with the Frankfurt Christmas market. Soak up the atmosphere at the largest German market outside of Germany and Austria. The market is open from the middle of November until a few days before Christmas.
Birmingham Pride is a carnival parade that takes place at the end of May. A celebration of LGBT life in the city. You can expect lots of fancy dress, bright colours and fun throughout the city.
The St Patrick’s day parade held is in Digbeth, the old Irish quarter. Celebrated by the Irish and the ‘Irish for the day’. The road is closed and the parade which includes carnival floats and bands flow through the area. Expect lots of drinking and singing, the local pubs can get very busy.
Boasting ‘more canals than Venice’ the canal system in Birmingham can give you views with a difference. With various companies offering tours. You can choose from public, private and party boat tours. You can even dine on a canal boat whilst stationary or whilst touring the area. Tours are usually found in the Brindley Place area.
Think tank Science Museum
Think tank is Birmingham’s award winning science museum, and is a great family day out.There are over 200 hands-on displays all about Science and Technology, this museum makes learning fun! Highlights include the Spitfire gallery, the Marine Worlds gallery,the Planetarium and the Science Garden.
The museum is found in Millennium Point and spread over four floors. Both young and old will be inspired by the historical collections and exhibits exploring the science in the world around us.
Birminghams Best Attractions: Food and Drink
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink in Birmingham. You will find just about every type of cuisine, from a corner cafe to Michelin star restaurants Birmingham has a lot to offer. There’s also the chance to try the famous Birmingham Balti at more curry houses than you can count.
The main areas known for drinking are Broad Street, Brindley Place, the Arcadian and Digbeth. You will also find many great bars in and around the New Street Station area. The mix of establishments is outstanding, cocktails or craft beer there’s the perfect bar or pub for you.
So there we have it, many of Birminghams best attractions to inspire you to visit this tremendous city. With shopping to rival Vegas and street food to rival Bangkok. Whatever your interests you are sure to find your favourite thing to do in Birmingham. What do you like to do best in Birmingham? Any of the best things to do not listed?