Mia and I took a trip to Birmingham to see Disney on Ice. It really was not a far trip from London at all and we loved the city, it was beautiful. Now we have several other reasons to head back.
Once known as the ‘Workshop of the World’, Birmingham is now a modern city visited by many travellers. Offering excellent activities for adults and children alike, with ample shopping and a rich history for people to discover, Birmingham is a great place for a city break.
If you’re taking a trip to this great city, then continue reading to find out our top 5 things to do in Birmingham.
Music lovers have to take a trip to Symphony Hall. This huge, world renowned venue can seat over two thousand people and is home to performances of jazz, classical, rock, pop and more. There are usually between two and four classical concerts scheduled per week, so it is recommend checking which performances are on when you visit.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
If you wish to learn about some of the history of Birmingham, then you may want to visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. You will get a tour of this former jewellery factory, its 200 year history and you will learn what made Birmingham the centre of the British jewellery trade.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to a number of exhibitions from Anglo Saxon artefacts to calligraphy. The museum is most famous for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which will be of interest to many art fans.
The Thinktank science museum is a great place to visit for parents and children alike, with over 200 displays to teach you about science. Make sure that you visit the Planetarium, as this is one of the most advanced planetariums of its type in the world.
National Sea Life Centre
Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre is home to an assortment of weird and wonderful marine life. Get up close and personal with jellyfish, starfish and crabs. You’ll also get the chance to see the animals being fed, where staff will teach you about the creatures, their lives and habitat.
Travelling to Birmingham is easy as there a number of transport options, including by air to Birmingham International Airport and even by boat on the city’s canal network. Due to its central location, Birmingham can generally be reached within a few hours from most places in the UK.
Birmingham is an excellent city to visit and can get very busy during the summer months, so it is important to book your travel and accommodation early. You can find and book budget hotels in Birmingham’s city centre online at the ibis hotels website.
Sandra Buchrast is a Londoner who moved to Birmingham once she had kids. She really enjoys travel especially to introduce her kids to the world, but her newest love is definitely Birmingham.