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England's second city with an impressive centre. Are you looking for things to do in Birmingham? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city and lays claim to the title 'England's second capital.' In the 1800’s, the city was known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ as it was here that the Industrial Revolution began. Recently Birmingham has undergone a dramatic facelift as manufacturing made way for services. Large areas of the city were redeveloped – old factories and warehouses were transformed into stylish apartments, office blocks and centres of art.The transformation is still very much underway making for an ever changing landscape. The canals have had new life breathed into them and are now a tranquil sight in this heaving city.

The stunning heritage buildings that line long stretches of the canals are now home to a wide variety of restaurants, shops and cafés and make for an ideal location to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a glass of wine outdoors. The city’s Victorian buildings and structures have been lovingly restored and a massive scheme to redevelop the city’s historic core, the Bull Ring, has given the city centre a thoroughly contemporary flair. The city is very compact, making it ideal for visitors on foot. Whether you are admiring old and modern architectural gems alike, visiting the city's diverse range of museums, wandering around one of it's many markets, enjoying a well earned drink in one of the city's countless cafes or bars, or savouring the finest international cuisine, you will be sure to visit again soon.

Known for...   Spaghetti Junction, Bullring, Industry, Ozzy Osbourne and Balti Triangle


Did you know...

  • Birmingham has more trees than Paris, more miles of canals than Venice and more parks than any other European City.
  • Britains first ever 4 wheel petrol driven car was made in the city by Frederick Lanchester in 1895.
  • If all the Cadbury creme eggs made by Birmingham-based Cadbury were stacked on top of each other, they would be 900 times higher than Everest.



 

  Attractions

J. W. Evans Silver Factory

English Heritage - Established in 1881, J. W. Evans is one of the most complete surviving historic factories in Birmingham.
54-57 Albion Street
Birmingham
B1 3EA

 

Birmingham Nature Centre

Visit the Birmingham Nature Centre and see a wide range of animals from continents across the world.
Pershore Road, Edgbaston
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 7RL

Recommended by Jenny Bell, Birmingham

 

Council House

The Council House is a listed building, designed by Yeoville Thomason and built between 1874 and 1879 on Ann Street.
Victoria Square
Birmingham
B1 1BB

 

Gas Street Basin

Come and visit the heart of Britain's canal network at Gas Street Basin, located in Birmingham city centre.
Brindley Place
Birmingham
West Midlands
B1 2JU

Recommended by Kevin Forster, Wiltshire
“Step back in time to the start of the industrial revolution right here in the centre of Birmingham”

 

Second City Boats

Boat tours of Birmingham.
2 Kingston Row
Birmingham
B1 2NU

01212369811

 

National Sea Life Center And Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium, Imax cinema and underwater adventure. Great day out for all the family.
3 Brindley Place
Birmingham
B1 2JB

 

BBC Birmingham Public Space FREE

Come and try reading and recording a weather report or news item in our popular interactive area. Great fun for all the family.
Level 10
The Mailbox
Birmingham
B1 1RF

 

Birmingham Back To Backs

National Trust - visit this atmospheric 19th century restored courtyard of working people's homes.
55-63 Hurst Street / 50-54 Inge Street
Birmingham
B5 4TE

 

Cadbury World

Tour the home of Cadbury's chocolate. Mmm..free samples.
Linden Road
Birmingham
B30 1JR

 

Nature Centre

Wide range of animals, petting farm, lovely cafe and picnic area.
Pershore Road
Birmingham
B5 7RL

01214727775

Recommended by Anne Stone, Birmingham

 

The Shakespeare Express

Vintage train rides aboard an historic steam train, a great day out for all the family.
670 Warwick Road
Birmingham
B11 2HL

01217084960

 

Winterbourne House And Gardens

A hidden gem just mins from the city centre.
58 Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2RT

01214143003

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Visit these 4 amazing glass houses, ranging from arid desert to tropical rainforest. Enjoy the children's playground, gardens,cafe.
Westbourne Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 3TR

 

F1k Indoor Karting

Indoor Karting Centre.
Unit 6, Avery Dell Industrial Estate Lifford Lane
Kings Norton
Birmingham
B30 3DZ

 

Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall is a timber framed Tudor Hall and is one of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery's community museums.
Blakesley Road, Yardley
Birmingham
West Midlands
B25 8RN

01213488000

 

StarCity Centre

StarCity is the Midland’s premier family leisure and entertainment Centre.
32 Watson Road
Birmingham
B7 5SA

01212704455

Recommended by Louise Fallowes, Wolverhampton
“So much to do in one place, the kids loved it!”

 
 

  Museums

Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter

Discover this remarkable museum which tells the fascinating story of Birmingham’s rich jewellery heritage.
75-79 Vyse Street
Birmingham
West Midlands
B18 6HA

 

Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery FREE

Birmingham Museums now manages and governs these important collections and museum sites.
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham
B3 3DH

Recommended by Noel Peters, Wolverhampton

 

Think Tank

Home of Birmingham's innovative Science Museum.
Millenium Point
Curzon Street
B4 7XG

01212022258

 

Lapworth Museum Of Geology

This is one of the oldest geological museums in the UK dating back to 1880.
Aston Webb Building
Birmingham
B15 2TT

 

Soho House

This historic and elegant home was owned by Matthew Boulton, local entrepreneur and industrialist, from 1766 to 1809.
Soho Avenue
Birmingham
West Midlands
B18 5LB

 

Barber Institute Of Fine Arts

Featuring Impressionist and Old Master collections, including works from the 13th to 20th centuries.
University of Birmingham
Birmingham
B15 2TS

 

Selly Manor Museum

A museum steeped in history, in one of Birmingham's oldest buildings.
Maple Road
Bournville
Birmingham
B30 2AE

Recommended by Nazreem Shah, Birmingham
“Very good museum for local history enthusiasts”

 
 

  Parks

Swanshurst Park FREE

Within the park are two large pools which are excellent sites for waterfowl and a wintering ground for swans.
off Yardley Wood Road/Swanshurst Lane
Kings Heath
B13 0TB

 

Handsworth Park FREE

This lovely park has been a local favourite for over 100 years. It's a welcome oasis for people visiting the area.
Holly Road
Handsworth
B20 2BY

 

Kings Heath Park FREE

This is the first of Birmingham's urban parks to achieve Green Flag status.
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7TQ

Recommended by Arthur Lawson, Birmingham

 

Moseley Bog Local Nature Reserve FREE

A wonderful hidden part of Moseley seen by many as the inspiration for the author J.R.R Tolkien.
Yardley Wood Road
Springfield
Birmingham
B13 9JX

 

Cannon Hill Park FREE

Green Flag award winning park with it's own boating lake.
2 Russell Road
Birmingham
B13 8RD

01214424226

Recommended by Janet Dawson, Birmingham

 
 

  Galleries

Ikon Gallery

This internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery is located in Brindleyplace, near the centre of Birmingham.
1 Oozells Square
Brindleyplace
Birmingham
B1 2HS

01212480708

 
 

  Bowling

Bowling At The Leisurebox

Ten Pin Bowling in the heart of the city.
73-75 Pershore Street
Birmingham
B5 4RW

 

Bowlplex Birmingham Broadway Plaza

Ten Pin Bowling Alley.
Broadway Plaza
Ladywood Middleway
B16 9SP

01214105888

 
 

  Cinema

Electric Cinema

The UK's Oldest Working Cinema.
47-49 Station Street
Birmingham
B5 4DY

 

Cineworld Birmingham Broad Street

12 screen multiplex cinema in the heart of the city.
181 Broad Street
Birmingham
B15 1DA

03303334444

 

The Electric

UK's oldest working cinema.
47 Station Street
Birmingham
B5 4DY

01216437879

 

Imax Cinema

Offering the largest screen in the Midlands.
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG

01212022222

 

Odeon Birmingham New Street

Multi-screen cinema.
139 New Street
Birmingham
B2 4NU

03330144501

 

Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza

Multi-screen cinema (Odeon Luxe).
220 Ladywood Middleway
Birmingham
B16 8LP

03330144501

 

Vue Cinema Birmingham

Multi-screen cinema.
29 Watson Road
Birmingham
B7 5SA

03453084620

 
 

  Theatre

New Alexandra Theatre

The Alexandra Theatre was built in 1901 by William Coutts at a cost of £10,000 and was originally called the Lyceum.
Station Street
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 4DS

 

Old Joint Stock Theatre

Find out what's coming up soon at the OJST.
4 Temple Row West
Birmingham
West Midlands
B2 5NY

 
 

  Comedy

Jongleurs Comedy Club

Popular city centre comedy club.
240 Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2HG

 
 

  Golf

Edgbaston Golf Club

Established in 1896, this is one of the best private member golf clubs in the midlands.
Church Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 3TB

 

Moseley Golf Club

Golf Club.
Springfield Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7DX

 
 

  Leisure centres

The Gym

Health and fitness. No contract needed.
79-84 High Street
Birmingham
B4 7TE

08448113522

 

Bannatyne

State of the art health and fitness club.
3 Brunswick Arcade
Birmingham
B1 2JF

01216334645

 

Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre

The largest leisure centre in south Birmingham and has everything you need to stay fit, healthy, have fun and entertain the kids.
Alcester Road South
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 6ER

 

Virgin Active Broadway Plaza

Health and fitness club.
220 Ladywood Middleway
Edgbaston
B16 8SP

01214235700

 

Virgin Active Star City

Health and fitness club.
Star City
Watson Road
B7 5SB

01213228700‎

 

Fitness First Stirchley

Friendly health and fitness club.
Pershore Road
Stirchley
B30 2YB

01214586777

 
 

  Karting

Teamworks Karting

State of the art indoor karting centre.
202 Fazeley Street
Birmingham
B5 5SE

08456436890

 

F1 Karting

Indoor go karting centre.
Unit 6, Avery Dell Industrial Estate
Lifford Lane, Kings Norton
Birmingham
B30 3DZ

 

Grand Prix Karting

Outdoor karting centre.
Adderley Road South
Saltley
B8 1AD

01213277700

 
 

  Sport

Planet Ice At The Leisurebox

Indoor ice skating in the heart of the city.
73-75 Pershore Street
Birmingham
B5 4RW

 

Alexander Stadium

The International Athletics Stadium comprises full International Association of Athletics Federations track and field competition.
Walsall Road
Birmingham
West Midlands
B42 2LR

 

Ackers Adventure

Outdoor activity centre. Activities range from kayaking, snowboarding, archery and many more.
Golden Hillock Road
Small Heath
B10 0DQ

01217725111

 

Adventure Island Mini Golf

England’s first ever indoor adventure golf complex featuring two brilliantly themed 18-hole courses.
Unit 20
Star City
B7 5SA

01213287474

 
 

  Climbing

Twin Peaks Indoor Climbing Walls

Twin peaks indoor climbing walls at Star City, Birmingham offer you an introduction to the sport of climbing.
StarCity Centre
32 Watson Road
Birmingham
B7 5SA

 

Twin Peaks Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing centre.
Star City
Birmingham
B7 5SA

 

Creation

Indoor Climbing Centre.
582 Moseley Road
Birmingham
B12 9AA

01214498000

 
 

  Laser

Laser Station

Futuristic laser tag game experience.
Star City
Watson Road
Birmingham
B7 5SA

01213281235

 

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