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Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a peaceful stroll along the canal. Stop off at one of the cafes for a bite to eat, or continue walking on to The Public Space at BBC Birmingham. A great place for kids, The Public Space 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 city also enjoys plenty of parking space. Cannon Hill Park, home to the Birmingham Nature Centre and Midlands Arts Centre, has a pretty lake that’s perfect for gliding along in a pedalo. If you’re looking for a little tranquillity, pack a picnic and head to Sutton Park – the largest urban park in Europe – or spend a few hours at Eastside City Park, with its pristine formal lawns and jet fountains.
Full of great cultural activities for you to delve into, you won’t be short of things to do in Birmingham. Pay a visit to The Barber Institute, home to one of the finest collections of Roman and Medieval coins, or the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which has the world’s largest Pre-Raphaelite collection. Music lovers should check out St Paul’s Gallery, showcasing the largest set of licensed album covers from the likes of Led Zeppelin to The Beatles.
Birmingham hosts plenty of cultural opportunities that cater for little kids as well as big ones. Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum’s educational and interactive galleries include an awe-inspiring planetarium, while the Thinktank Science Garden is an outdoor exploration area that makes for a fun family day out.
The city has some of the most popular theatre in the UK. Boasting the best of the West End productions, The Hippodrome showcases world class comedies and musicals. Birmingham is also big on festivals, such as the International Dance Festival and Birmingham Pride.
The second largest city in England, Birmingham has undergone a major revamp in recent years to become a vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan tourist destination. Take a look at our destination guide for some of our top tips on what to do when travelling to Birmingham.
Birmingham’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.
Love animals? Then head to the flagship National SEA LIFE Centre.
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 which take you from tropical rainforest to arid desert. There are also 15 acres of landscaped gardens offering sunny lawns and collections of roses, rare trees and shrubs, ideal for picnics and perfect for all the family.
Those with a sweet tooth will want to experience Cadbury World, the ultimate chocolate lover’s indulgence. Learn the history of the famous British chocolatier (and sample the goods, of course!).
If you’re after something a little more cultured, how about visiting the newly renovated Birmingham Library? The library houses a collection of one million books and is now open to visitors. It has more than 200 public access computers, theatres, an exhibition gallery and music rooms. Its most valuable books are copies of Shakespeare's First Folio and John James Audubon's Birds of America - estimated to be worth between £6m and £7m each! Pre-bookable tours are available for groups and individuals too.
The new Birmingham Library is open 7 days a week and can be found at Centenary Square in the city centre. Its opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Those looking for a little action can let off some steam at Go Ape, the UK’s number one forest adventure, where you can leap from Tarzan Swings or climb trails. Adrenaline junkies should try their hand at F1K’s indoor Go Karting to hone their race skills.
Make your money go a little further in Birmingham and take advantage of our fantastic 2for1 offers for attractions across the city. From Cadbury World to Black Country Living Museum, we're sure there'll be something to suit everyone. Take a look at the full range of offers here.
Shoppers in Birmingham will find themselves in a retail heaven. From luxury department stores to historic markets, the city streets offer an eclectic mix of shopping opportunities.
Make a stop off at Birmingham’s famous Bullring shopping centre, home to more than 160 favourite retailers, or The Mailbox, with its designer stores and elegant canal-side bars.
If only to window shop, be sure to visit the city’s Jewellery Quarter, where around 40% of British jewellery is made. With onsite workshops, you could even have your commission made straight away as a special treat.
Other popular shopping areas include Birmingham’s High Street, New Street and Corporation Street.
Michelin starred restaurants? Check. International street food? Check. Contemporary cafes? Ok, you get the idea. With one of the most dynamic and varied dining scenes in the UK, you’ll be sure to find something to suit all tastes and budgets.
On a shoestring: Handmade Burger Co. Thick hunks of burger in a sourdough bun from the people who believe in traceable, traditionally reared cows. Fresh and filling.
Middle of the road: The Balti Triangle. The famed Balti Triangle is comprised of more than 50 Asian and Indian restaurants. As the curry capital of the UK, it’s best to pick one and get stuck in!
Splash the cash: Purnell’s. Okay, it’s not cheap. But this contemporary Michelin Star restaurant offers bold and innovative cooking at its best.