Things to see and do in Birmingham

Birmingham is the UK’s second-largest city. You won’t be disappointed by the vibrant whirl of culture on offer, or the warm West Midlands welcome.


For local history, visit the National Trust’s Back to Backs, a recreation of nineteenth-century working life. Discover the city’s connection to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or check out what is on at Town Hall and Symphony Hall during your stay. Art enthusiasts might visit IKON, an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated just a short walk away from the Birmingham Midlands Institute. Fancy catching a show? Check out the Birmingham Hippodrome, which is one of several theatres in Birmingham.


The city centre is a shoppers’ paradise, with the Bullring and Grand Central located in and beside Birmingham New Street. The Mailbox  is home to Harvey Nichols and upmarket chains, whilst The Jewellery Quarter lives up to its name with an array of sparkle on offer. Or keep it quirky, with a visit to one of the many independent arcades.


If you’re visiting with family, don’t miss the story of chocolate at Cadbury World in nearby Bournville. Meet jellyfish, seahorses and penguins at the National Sea Life Centre. Or create an alien, explore the stars and learn how a Spitfire was built at ThinkTank Science Museum.


If you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat, and you won’t need to venture too far. Discover authentic tastes in the Balti Triangle and Chinatown. Head to the Digbeth Dining Club, bringing street food heaven every Friday and Saturday. Alternatively, stroll towards the shopping areas for a host of different eateries to cater any budget.

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