Birmingham has undergone a major revamp in recent years to become a vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan tourist destination, filled with some of the country's most popular attractions, vibrant shopping areas and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.
The city's attractions draw in crowds from all over the country. Whether you're after something for all the family, or an action-packed break, you'll find plenty of things to do in Birmingham.
Those with a sweet tooth will want to experience Cadbury World - the ultimate chocolate lover's indulgence and home to the world-famous Cadbury name . There's so much to do for kids of all ages: play in chocolate rain, see your favourite chocolate bar being made, and visit the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone, complete with a 4D cinema.
Fancy some peace and tranquillity? Then head to the Botanical Gardens. These historic gardens offer a fascinating plant collection with 4 stunning glasshouses filled with exotic plants, taking you from tropical rainforest to arid desert. There's also 15 acres of landscaped gardens; ideal for picnics and perfect for all the family.
On a shoestring: Handmade Burger Co. Great food in a great atmosphere at a price that won't break the bank.
Middle of the road: The Balti Triangle. Famed the world over, The Balti Triangle is home to more than 50 Asian and Indian restaurants.
Bigger budgets: Purnell's. A contemporary Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the city, offering bold and innovative cooking at its very best.
Shopping in Birmingham? Whether your tastes lie in luxury department stores, eclectic shops or traditional markets; you'll be spoilt for choice.
Visit the city's famous Bullring Shopping Centre, home to more than 160 favourite retailers. Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is where around 40% of British jewellery is made, and with on-site workshops, you could even have your commission made straight away as a special treat.
Other popular shopping areas include: New Street, Corporation Street, and St Martin's Market.
Birmingham is brimming with free fun for all the family; from scenic strolls along canals to acres of picturesque parks and more.
Props and memorabilia from your favourite tv shows are all on display at The Public Space at BBC Birmingham. A great place for kids, this free venue invites you to have a go at presenting a news or weather bulletin while your friends and family watch you live on the tv screen!
The cities parks are the perfect place for a picnic or just to spend a few tranquil hours. Venue such as Cannon Hill Park and Sutton Park are amongst the largest in Europe, and are filled with pristine lawns, jet fountains and much more.