Top 5 things to do in Birmingham
The best things to do in Birmingham involve the bi-monthly food and drink events, the culture, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, shopping centres and exhibitions both in and around Birmingham city centre.
During the winter months, The Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market is an annual outdoor Christmas market and craft fair held in central Birmingham, England. The market started in 2001 with 24 stalls and has expanded every year since.
The city is very well connected by public transport, especially by train and motorway, ideal for a coach trip; making your trip to the city a breeze, from wherever in the UK or EU you’re travelling from.
Birmingham Airport is an international airport located just 7 miles east southeast of Birmingham city centre and is easy to locate via train, bus or coach.
Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England.
A vibrant, energetic city full of life and historical areas to explore, you’d be silly not to visit at least once in your lifetime.
Home to a network of canals that proudly beats the number of those within Venice, many of them radiate from Sherborne Wharf. For a city that is full to the brim with new and upcoming restaurants, pubs, trendy cafes and bars, it’s certainly the place to visit for a great day out. In the city centre, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces; whereas the Bullring Shopping Centre is a great place to visit for those last minute gift ideas, or if you want to browse through the shops on a lazy afternoon.
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Try at least one Birmingham restaurant
Food and drink lovers, rejoice! You can’t go to Birmingham and not stop off for a bite to eat, it would be sacrilege. With an overflowing number of exciting and quirky places pop up restaurants, fine dining bars, eateries and pubs to choose from; including michelin star restaurants Adams Restaurant or Purnells, Simpsons, or Carters of Moseley, you’re bound to have a fantastic time trying out the incredible food the city has to offer.
With an influx of chain restaurants and other independent restaurants such as Original Patty Men that cook the tastiest burgers, there’s no denying that choosing will be hard. However, there is no doubt dining in the city centre will be worth every single minute of your time. In such a vibrant place serving classic cuisines which cover more than 30 countries all over the world, it’s safe to say they have a decent number of options available. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or a pure meat lover, you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to the food scene in Birmingham and we guarantee you’ll leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face.
Pop in and see the Symphony Hall
There’s no denying that Birmingham houses some incredible music venues. None more so than Birmingham Symphony Hall, home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Seating more than 2,262 people at any given time, it is widely considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the world. Located in the heart of the As well as being home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the hall hosts the best pop, folk, jazz, world music and stand-up comedy acts from across the UK. Not forgetting the Symphony Hall also has a very important duty in playing host to a phenomenal amount of community events, graduation ceremonies and conferences throughout the year. To find out more and to see what is on, visit the Symphony Hall website.
Enjoy the scenery at Cannon Hill Park
You never need to worry about finding some family fun in Birmingham when Cannon Hill Park is on the doorstep. A lovely day out for people of all ages, there are rides and games, arts and entertainment and amazing outdoor fun for everyone to enjoy all in the heart of Birmingham. Located just outside of the city centre; either a 40 minute walk or a short bus or taxi ride away, the park consists of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation. Perfect for a day out with the family, it’s a great place to sit with a picnic and watch the world go by.
Take a look around with family and friends and see what activities you want to do. Will it be boating on the lake in a giant swan? Perhaps taking in a show at the MAC located next door next door? Visit an emu at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park or simply take a ride on the Land Train and see the grounds? There is so much to see and do whilst there. See how much you can fit into a day, we bet you won’t be able to manage it all. Find out how to get there.
Stroll through the jewellery quarter
Did you know? With more than 250 years of history, the Jewellery Quarter has grown to become one of Europe’s largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade. Home to hundreds of jewellery shops and jewellery maker’s officers, The Jewellery Quarter, formerly known as the ‘JQ’ is situated in the north western area of the Birmingham City Centre. Oozing in history and culture, The Jewellery Quarter is a renowned treasure spot, with many visitors not even realising there is more to this gorgeous historic district than just jewellery shops.
As well as getting bespoke jewellery made for yourself or a loved one, there is so much more to do whilst there.Pop your head into the Jewellery Quarter Museum, or travel back to the 1960s at The Coffin Works which was once hailed as the world’s finest coffin furniture shop. Or if that doesn’t take your fancy, you can visit the Pen Museum – the only UK museum dedicated to the history of the pen making industry. Not forgetting there are dozens more places to eat and drink in the Jewellery Quarter, especially in St Paul’s Square.
You can get a Midland Metro or a direct tram from Birmingham New Street Station to either of the stops in the Jewellery Quarter with the £1 City Hop – or just 50p for children. The trams run every 8 minutes or every 15 minutes on Sundays.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
With various paintings on show and changing displays from social to future, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has a lot to offer for people of all ages and groups of all sizes. It boasts a large collection of international importance, covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.
The Art Gallery is most noted for its extensive collections of paintings ranging from the 14th to the 21st century. They include works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the world’s largest collection of works by Edward Burne-Jones. Entrance to the Museum and Art Gallery is free, but some major exhibitions in the Gas Hall may incur an entrance fee. In 2017, more than 602,634 visitors came to the museum.
The gift shop is well stocked with various interesting pieces and the restaurant has a good menu for basic eating.