10 things to do in Birmingham
Birmingham is one of the most interesting of all the UK cities to visit. It is deeply rooted in the industrial revolution, home to wonderful canals (do you know it has even more canals than Venice does!) and a vast array of interesting museums and art galleries. It is culturally diverse and thriving with a really young and vibrant population. Birmingham is truly an exciting city to visit. In fact, there is so much to do in Birmingham that you will most definately find there is too much to do and see in one day and the best way to see the city is visiting over a weekend. Birmingham has a bustling and busy rail network and it is very easy to get to. It also has a really impressive airport which has over 11 million passengers pass through last year!
When looking for serviced apartments Birmingham has plenty to offer ranging from city centre locations, near exhibition centres such as NIA and NEC, near airports and train stations and when it comes to styles of living you can choose from cosy and comfortable to modern and minimalist designs with or without balconies.
There is just so much to do – here are some of the highlights:
Edgbaston Cricket Ground – one of Birmingham’s most iconic sporting venues the stadium is only a mile or two from the city centre and hosts some amazing international cricket matches. A fabulous and very British day out.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – The museum’s claim to fame is the pre-Raphaelite collection which is just absolutely stunning – such a treat. Lots on Birmingham’s history too which is wonderful for visitors to get to know more about this important city,
Cadbury’s world – Oh my goodness such a top day out! Full of brilliant social history, awesome rides and a chance to see how the lovely chocolate is made PLUS loads and loads of free chocolate. A fab day out for all the family.
The botanical gardens in Edgbaston are Birmingham’s pride and joy. There are four individual glass houses and these include a tropical house as well as an Arid house. There are also gorgeous lawns and a beautiful bandstand. Perfect for a pretty day.
Library of Birmingham – The new library has AMAZING reviews. There is a lush garden terrace, an amazing children’s section and it is the most stunning of buildings.
Drayton manor adventure park which incorporates Thomas Land ( for ardent Thomas the tank engine fans) is a huge hit with kids and makes for such a fun day out for everyone.
The Tolkien trail – Birmingham has a Tolkien Trail which includes places where this master storyteller once lived, played and studied – so inspiring for lover s of this brilliant writer.
The Jewellery Quarter is situated in the Hockley area of Birmingham. It is so called because it contains Europe’s largest concentration of jewellery businesses – together they make 40 percent of all the jewellery manufactured in the UK. Isn’t that amazing! A great place to get your shop on!
The Thinktank is Birmingham’s award winning science museum, and it is perfect for fun-packed family days out. It also opened a £2.5 million Science Garden in 2012 which is a real treat for outdoor science adventures.
Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary – Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary is am amazing place that rescues donkeys and supports disabled children with therapeutic sessions. It is also open to the general public – and admission is free. A truly wonderful place to support and visit and one that kids will absolutely love,
I could honestly go on and on – there really is so much to see and do in Birmingham that you will probably find even a weekend is not long enough and you will want to return!