Things to do in Birmingham
Birmingham is England’s second city and located right in the centre of the country with great road and rail links. The city is regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United Kingdom with a diversity of cultures from Europe, Asia and Africa making the city what it has become today. Birmingham has so many things to do regardless of if you are visiting just for day or you live there so here are just 10 suggestions of things that you could visit whilst in the city.
1. West Midland Safari Park
West Midlands Safari Park is actually located in nearby Bewdley in Worcestershire but is still close enough to Birmingham to be included on the list! The park opened back in 1973 and is home to around 165 exotic species of animal. Once in the park you travel around the 4 mile paths in your own car or by one of the tour buses going on safari taking in the animals from the plains of Africa. The animals wander free within their enclosure so it not possible to stop and walk around during the trip.
The park is also a theme park and has a number of roller coasters and other rides so it really is a great place to enjoy a family day out. If you are travelling as a group it is recommended to hire a coach or minibus to the safari park.
2. The Bullring
The Bullring is probably one of the best known places in Birmingham. This is the commercial centre of the city and has been since the middle ages and is home to wide selection of shopping centres, boutique shop, restaurants and much, much more. This is this place to go if you are looking to buy designer brands or perhaps something a little bit more unique and is a shopaholics paradise.
3. Cadbury World
Cadbury World is another popular stop off for anyone visiting Birmingham and takes you through the history of Cadbury’s at their Bourneville home as well taking you through the process of making the selection of chocolate that Cadbury’s produces. There are live demonstrations, interactive experiences, film coverage as well as shops and cafes where you can relax recount everything that you have heard and learnt that day.
4. The NEC
The National Exhibition Centre or NEC in located close to Birmingham Airport and the M42 motorway. The venue often hosts some of the most important shows throughout the year as well staging some great acts from the world of comedy and music. The NEC is one of the largest exhibition centres in the UK and is now entering its 40th year so this is testament to their success.
5. The Jewellery Quarter
The Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham has been a vibrant part of the city for over 250 years and as the name would suggest is home to around 500 jewellery businesses. The area is home to around 6000 residents and has plenty of restaurants, bars and of course shops not to mention the tourist visitor centre where you can learn all about the traditions of jewellery making and the area in general.
Brindleyplace is one of the largest canal side developments in the country and is again home to a wide selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and is a hive of activity and a place to go and meet people and go and see and be seen. This is probably one of the most visited leisure attractions in Birmingham and is popular with locals and tourists alike.
7. The Black Country Living Museum
The Black Country Museum is an open air museum that takes you back to life in the 1850’s through to the 1960’s and is located in Dudley. You can see how the first industrial buildings and vehicles in the area began to take shape, what life was like in the area in World War 1 as well seeing how people conducted their day to day lives including life on the canals and of course the locks.
8. New Street
Home to the largest railway station in the city, New Street is also one of the oldest areas of the city. It is an area containing dozens of shops and small streets and is main thoroughfare between Victoria Square and the Bullring.
9. Botanical Gardens
This is a real family day out. The place has 4 glasshouses which are home to a wide variety of plants from the Mediterranean as well as sub tropical houses and arid houses. For children there is a playground and for adults there are tearooms and gift shops so it is just a great place to go and relax especially on a summer’s day.
10. Villa Park
Like most cities in the United Kingdom Birmingham is home to football teams Birmingham City and Aston Villa. Villa Park is the home to Aston Villa who are arguably the biggest club in the city. Villa Park has the Holt End which was previously the largest terrace in the UK prior to becoming all-seater following the Hillsborough disaster. The ground has hosted many FA Cup semi-finals and is steeped in tradition.