Why visit Birmingham

With one of the youngest populations in Europe, Birmingham is a dynamic, creative city which is constantly evolving, and is a crossroads for culture, with diverse cultural influences everywhere in the city. A vibrant mix of nationalities, religions, arts, interests and ideas exist side by side in England’s second city. It is also in the area that inspired Tolkien to produce The Lord of the Rings and the setting for Peaky Blinders.

Birmingham also has a history of producing comfort food. Chocolate, cocoa, custard and tea are all famously connected with the city. But there’s another side to this city’s food offering. Birmingham boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city outside of London. There’s a burgeoning street food scene too. Overall the culinary cultures of 27 different nationalities are represented here. Eating out in Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull is like going on a gastronomic tour of the world. With the influence of Birmingham’s multicultural population, a must-try is the Birmingham Balti. Just a short hop from the city’s centre is the famous Balti Triangle, which now attracts over 20,000 visitors each week.

Birmingham City Centre Attractions

https://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag - Entry is free. Housing the world’s largest Pre-Raphaelite collection, this spectacular Victorian building holds the magnificent £3.285 million Staffordshire Hoard. This is the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon Gold ever found in Britain.

https://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank - Birmingham’s award winning science museum

https://www.cadburyworld.co.uk/en - If you like chocolate (and hey, who doesn’t?) you’ll go bat crazy at Cadbury World. Travel through various chocolatey zones and learn all about the history, heritage and current day workings of the world-famous brand.

https://www.visitsealife.com/birmingham/ - Be transported into an amazing underwater world at The National SEA LIFE Centre! Located in the centre of Birmingham, the Aquarium is open daily from 10am.

https://www.ikon-gallery.org/ - The Ikon Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue that is also an educational charity working to encourage public engagement.  It is housed in the Grade II listed, neo-gothic former Oozells Street Board School, designed by John Henry Chamberlain in 1877.

https://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/ - The gardens cover 15 acres. The Tropical House has a lily pool and lush tropical vegetation. Palms, tree ferns and orchids are displayed in the Sub-tropical House. Outside there is colourful bedding on the Terrace and a tour of the Gardens includes: Rhododendron walks, Rose Garden, Rock Garden, a collection of over 200 trees, Herb and Cottage Gardens, Museum, children's adventure playground, children's discovery garden, aviaries and National Bonsai collection. Sculpture Trail, plant centre, gift shop and refreshment pavilion.

http://www.coffinworks.org/newmanbros/visit/ - Talk about ashes!  Come and see boxes of a different kind at this unique museum which is a time capsule of a successful 60’s coffin furniture manufacturer.   This is not as depressing as an experience as it sounds and is a unique retrospective into the inner workings of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.  The firm made the world's finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Churchill, Chamberlain and the Queen Mother!

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs - Court 15 - Birmingham’s last remaining court of Back to Back houses. Follow a trained tour guide, where you will hear stories from over 200 years of history as you learn about the people and families who called these houses and the city of Birmingham home.

https://www.brb.org.uk/ - While you’re here take the opportunity to be enchanted by Birmingham Royal Ballet , or

https://cbso.co.uk/ - the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s leading symphonic ensembles. The award-winning CBSO is the resident orchestra of Symphony Hall – an equally prestigious and simply stunning, contemporary music venue famed for its perfect acoustics.

https://jewelleryquarter.net/about/ - 200 years old and still producing over 40% of the UK’s jewellery, Birmingham’s unique Jewellery Quarter is home to the award-winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Suggested Tours

http://www.peakytours.com/page/the-tour/ - Peaky Blinders

https://www.positivelybirmingham.co.uk/

https://www.sightseeingbirmingham.com/

Waterways And Canals

Brindleyplace is where the main hub of the city centre canal network is situated, and the area is populated by many fine eateries and drinking.

The bars continue under the bridge into the picturesque Gas Street Basin, and if you follow the towpath all the way to the end, you’ll arrive at the luxurious Mailbox and Cube complexes where you can eat at a high-end restaurant. Take a tour of Birmingham’s canals on board a Sherbourne Wharf Heritage Narrowboat to get the full on-the-water experience or plan a trip on https://www.away2dine.co.uk

Wider Region Attractions

This area’s landscapes inspired the classic fantasy author J.R.R Tolkien. Growing up in the city places like Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, Clent, Lickey and the Malvern Hills all influenced him. See for yourself the landscapes that appear throughout his world famous The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

https://www.bclm.co.uk/ - You’ll find ‘centuries’ of history at the celebrated  Black Country Living Museum.  Pretend you’re a Peaky Blinder (minus the violence naturally) and step back in time on the very site of the birth of the industrial revolution. A truly immersive experience, you can wander around original shops and houses, ride on a tramcar or fairground swingboat, chat by the coal-fired kitchen ranges, go down the mine or just soak up the atmosphere. Whilst here, don’t forget to try the fish and chips from Hobbs and Sons!

https://visitbirmingham.com/things-to-see-and-do/land-rover-experience-solihull-p1326951 - Go for a spin of a different kind at the Land Rover Experience in Solihull. This is the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure where you can test the full off-road capabilities of the vehicles on 14 miles of varied terrain. The on or off-road driving challenges include one hour taster drives and half day or a full day experience.

https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/shakespeares-birthplace/ - Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up.
Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artefacts from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.

https://shakespearedistillery.com/news/gin-cruises-launched-with-avon-boating/ - gin tasting on a boat through Stratford

https://www.warwick-castle.com/ - Warwick Castle is one of the most exciting historic locations in Europe, set in the heart of Shakespeare’s England with over 1,100 years of fascinating architecture and amazing views in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Experience jaw-dropping history; great battles, ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses and heroic knights. At Warwick Castle we deliver the Castle of your imagination, whether you’re a 6 year old princess or a 60 year old re-enactor we provide a fun, action packed day out for all the family.