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Start your travel plans with a look at our cheap tickets to Birmingham, then scroll down as we take you through the best places waiting to be discovered.
Birmingham is a city on the up, and now is a fantastic time to check out its famed shopping and nightlife. A melting pot of different cultures, Birmingham has a great and varied culinary scene that has something for everybody. Here, we take you through the very best of Birmingham to help you plan your visit.
For tasty cheap bites during your visit, check out Wrapchic — a haven for burrito lovers and one of the best places to eat in Birmingham. Located in the Bullring Shopping Centre, it’s a great place to stop during a shopping excursion for affordable wraps and food on the go.
Indian Brewery Snowhill
Expect affordable Indian cuisine at this unique brewery in the city centre. One of the best places to eat on a night out in Birmingham, Indian Brewery Snowhill serves tasty street food and sharing plates, with a great range of bottled and draft beers.
Any list of the best restaurants in Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Adam’s, the Michelin-starred establishment on Waterloo Street. With its attentive service and signature tasting menu, Adam’s is a unique dining experience and a great introduction to the modern British food scene.
Check out the Digbeth hype
The up and coming Digbeth neighbourhood is one of the most popular nights out in Birmingham for students and young creatives. Start the night at The Old Crown, with its hip crowd, draft beers and attractive beer garden. If vodka is your thing, The Karczma is a Polish-themed restaurant and bar in quirky surroundings — think thatched ceilings and lots of fur. Finally, Spotlight is a large warehouse venue where you can party till late.
Discover Birmingham’s canalside charms
Brummies are proud of the fact that they have more canals than Venice: 35 miles compared to Venice’s 26. See for yourself and take in Birmingham’s vibrant nightlife in waterfront bars like the Canalside Cafe for cheap food and drink and The Canal House for its rustic charm.
Shimmy down to Selly Oak
Selly Oak is a haven for students in Birmingham, so this neighbourhood unsurprisingly contains some top pubs for a great night out. Check out Selly Soak for an affordable pint and live sports, or sneak down a hidden alleyway and find the Urban Village Bar for late night DJ sessions.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Expect to find Egyptian mummies and Renaissance masterpieces at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, one of the city’s landmark tourist attractions. With no entry fee to many of the exhibitions, the museum is one of the best things to do in Birmingham for free.
The National Sea Life Centre
One of Birmingham’s top places to visit is The National Sea Life Centre. From clownfish (of Finding Nemo fame) to the strangely-shaped guitarfish, the National Sea Life Centre is a true haven for rare, beautiful and endangered underwater life. There’s even a 4D cinema for those who want to take the plunge and get interactive.
The stunning Symphony Hall is home to the acclaimed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and is definitely one of the best places to visit in Birmingham. Time your trip to catch some of the inspiring shows and concerts staged here. From classical music to brass band performances, there is something for all music lovers.
The UK's largest exhibition arena with over 20 halls set in grounds of 611 acres. The NEC is home to annual events such as: Crufts Dog show, The Clothes Show Live and the BBC Good Food Show. We operate regular services to Birmingham Airport, whereby you can use a connecting shuttle service to the NEC.
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For affordable and luxury shopping, discover the Jewellery Quarter — the famous district where around 40% of British jewellery is made. There are plenty of on-site workshops if you’re in the market for a special gift.
The Bullring Shopping Centre
The famous Bullring Shopping Centre is home to more than 160 big name retailers — perfect for your affordable shopping fix. With flagship stores and lots of places to eat, it’s a great place to explore on your trip to Birmingham.
The Oasis Indoor Markets
Away from the high street chains, The Oasis Indoor Markets is a great alternative to Birmingham’s larger shopping centres. Tucked away on Corporation Street, at Oasis you’ll find everything from old records to luxury leather and cheap denim.
Give them a chocolatey treat they’ll remember
Birmingham is the proud home of Cadbury World, a popular kids’ attraction for a great family day out. Like a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Cadbury World celebrates the most famous chocolate bars around, with plenty of exhibits to keep the kids entertained. Be sure to visit the world’s biggest Cadbury shop for some sweet-toothed souvenirs.
Explore the ocean without leaving Birmingham
The National Sea Life Centre is an educational and inspiring place to take the kids out in Birmingham. Here you can explore a treasure trove of more than 1,000 sea creatures, help out at feeding time and enjoy a wealth of interactive exhibits.
Inspire them with the wonders of science
The Think Tank is a unique science museum that offers a rewarding day out with the family. The venue was created with the idea of redefining the concept of a science museum, and it certainly does that. From steam engines to human intestines, this marvellous museum has over 200 hands-on displays of science and technology, including a digital planetarium, science experiments and technology from the present day and bygone eras.
Treat yourself to something sparkly
To start your day out, embrace your inner magpie and check out the Jewellery Quarter. The area is heritage-packed with more than 200 listed buildings, featuring quirky shops and unique boutiques where you can buy a shiny gift or two.
Take in the sights of Centenary Square
Birmingham is packed with top attractions, most of which you can reach on foot. Centenary Square is home to the stunning Library of Birmingham, an unmistakable modern building with a wonderful view from the garden terrace. The square is also the location of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre if you have time to catch a show, and at Christmas, come back for the festive market for mulled wine, bratwurst and wintry treats.
Go big in the Balti Triangle
For spice fans, no visit to Birmingham is complete without a trip to the famous Balti Triangle, which contains some of the country’s oldest and most loved Asian restaurants.
A stylish boutique located down Needless Alley, Disorder is a hidden gem for an off-the-beaten-path shopping experience. Check out the rails upon rails of Boho menswear and unique one-of-a-kind garments, from stylish hats to beautiful blazers.
Birmingham has a proud industrial heritage and at Coffin Works you can take in the sights of an immaculately restored warehouse and sample the delights of the Friday night street food session.
An indie shoe retailer located near Snow Hill station, Sims Footwear is a treasure trove of affordable shoes for a weekend shopping spree. Based in the ornate Great Western Arcade, beat the Bullring crowds and venture here for a different kind of shopping experience.
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