Birmingham is often called the UK’s second city, and a lot of its history revolves around industry. Located in the West Midlands It was also home to the first ever stock exchange! The old town hall dates back to 1759 but it wasn’t until 1834 that it became a proper stone building. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in Victorian architecture on buildings such as Aston Villa football club stadium at Villa Park which was built in 1889. So if you’re looking for something fun to see then take a look at these top ten attractions in and around Birmingham City Centre:
Edgbaston Cricket Ground
The Edgbaston cricket ground is one of England’s most famous sporting venues. For over 100 years now people have flocked here from all over the world to watch some of the greatest sportsmen and women play their best shots. But even those who don’t enjoy sport can still find plenty to entertain them with. There are many museums and galleries within walking distance too so visitors won’t be short of entertainment.
National Indoor Arena – Birmingham
This venue hosts events like concerts, shows and exhibitions. If you want to check out what else is going down when you get your tickets just head to the website because they’ve got loads more information available. You’ll know exactly where everything is located inside the arena thanks to the floor plan map provided by the organisers. This way you can easily navigate through the whole place without getting lost or confused.
If you love music then you should definitely pay a visit to Aston Hall. Here you can listen to live performances every weekend. They offer free entry and no booking required. Just turn up early enough before the doors open and you could end up seeing some amazing acts perform right in front of you. And if you really want to make sure you catch a show then book ahead online. That way you’ll avoid any disappointment, make Aston Hall a priority on your to-do list!
For anyone interested in art and culture then Birmingham museum is well worth visiting. With lots of interactive features and educational activities for children, adults and families alike. Plus it’s completely free to enter. All you need to do is register beforehand using your email address. Then simply print off your ticket and present it upon arrival. After that you can explore the exhibits at leisure.
For jewellers and craftspeople everywhere, the Jewellery quarter is a must-visit destination. Whether you’re into silverware, gemstones, goldsmithing or anything else related to precious metals, you’ll find it all here. From antique shops selling vintage pieces to modern boutiques stocking new designs. No matter how much time you spend browsing though, you’ll never run out of things to buy.
One of the biggest chocolate factories in Europe, Cadburys World offers tours for everyone. Kids especially will love the chance to learn about the process behind making delicious chocolates. Adults may not feel quite so enthusiastic after having seen the amount of sugar used during production. However, it does give you a good idea of why chocolate tastes the way it does, so what are you waiting for? if you are a chocolate lover head on over to Cadbury World, this is definitely one Chocolate Factory you don’t want to miss!
Selly Oak Hospital
Built in 1841, Selly Oak hospital is a former mental institution. Today it houses a number of fascinating historical artefacts including paintings, sculptures and medical equipment dating back hundreds of years. Visitors can view the collection while learning about the history of medicine and psychiatry.
Museum of Science & Industry
Families looking for something fun to do together will adore the Museum of science and industry. It has an extensive range of hands on displays which kids will absolutely love exploring. Themed zones include space travel, dinosaurs, technology, energy and transport. So there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
With its beautiful lakeside location, the botanical gardens provide a wonderful setting for relaxing walks. Especially popular among locals are the rose garden and the Japanese Garden. Both feature stunning flower arrangements and plants native to Japan.
National Sea Life Centre
The National sea life centre is home to over 500 different species of marine animals from around the world, and probably hosts the largest collection of marine life you are likely to see anywhere in the UK. You can see everything from sharks and stingrays to jellyfish and octopuses. There are also plenty of touch pools where visitors can get close to these creatures without getting wet themselves!
These are just a few of the amazing places you can visit, and great days out in Birmingham, there are so many more – Symphony Hall, Arena Birmingham, Chamberlain Square, Butterfly house, Cannon Hill Park, Sutton Park, visit an Art Gallery or a gift shop, plus you can shop in countless independent shops. Take a trip back in time if you travel a little further afield and visit the Black Country Living Museum (great for Peaky Blinders fans as many of the episodes were shot here).
Birmingham really is a special place to visit, with lots of things to do. Make yourself a list and head off exploring!