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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.



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
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
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
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
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
B1 2NU



National Sea Life Center And Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium, Imax cinema and underwater adventure. Great day out for all the family.
3 Brindley Place
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
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
B5 4TE


Cadbury World

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


Nature Centre

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


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
B11 2HL



Winterbourne House And Gardens

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



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
B15 3TR


F1k Indoor Karting

Indoor Karting Centre.
Unit 6, Avery Dell Industrial Estate Lifford Lane
Kings Norton
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
West Midlands
B25 8RN



StarCity Centre

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


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



Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter

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


Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery FREE

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

Recommended by Noel Peters, Wolverhampton


Think Tank

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



Lapworth Museum Of Geology

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


Soho House

This historic and elegant home was owned by Matthew Boulton, local entrepreneur and industrialist, from 1766 to 1809.
Soho Avenue
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
B15 2TS


Selly Manor Museum

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

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



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
B20 2BY


Kings Heath Park FREE

This is the first of Birmingham's urban parks to achieve Green Flag status.
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
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
B13 9JX


Cannon Hill Park FREE

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


Recommended by Janet Dawson, Birmingham



Ikon Gallery

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




Bowling At The Leisurebox

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


Bowlplex Birmingham Broadway Plaza

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




Electric Cinema

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


Cineworld Birmingham Broad Street

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



The Electric

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



Imax Cinema

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



Odeon Birmingham New Street

Multi-screen cinema.
139 New Street
B2 4NU



Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza

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



Vue Cinema Birmingham

Multi-screen cinema.
29 Watson Road
B7 5SA




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
West Midlands
B5 4DS


Old Joint Stock Theatre

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



Jongleurs Comedy Club

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



Edgbaston Golf Club

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


Moseley Golf Club

Golf Club.
Springfield Road
Kings Heath
B14 7DX


  Leisure centres

The Gym

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




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



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
B14 6ER


Virgin Active Broadway Plaza

Health and fitness club.
220 Ladywood Middleway
B16 8SP



Virgin Active Star City

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



Fitness First Stirchley

Friendly health and fitness club.
Pershore Road
B30 2YB




Teamworks Karting

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



F1 Karting

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


Grand Prix Karting

Outdoor karting centre.
Adderley Road South
B8 1AD




Planet Ice At The Leisurebox

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


Alexander Stadium

The International Athletics Stadium comprises full International Association of Athletics Federations track and field competition.
Walsall Road
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



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




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
B7 5SA


Twin Peaks Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing centre.
Star City
B7 5SA



Indoor Climbing Centre.
582 Moseley Road
B12 9AA




Laser Station

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



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