Birmingham’s Ten Must Visit Places


Birmingham’s Ten Must Visit Places

Like any other big city in the world, Birmingham is full of things to do and no matter what your age or your interests, you will find something to do in this vibrant city. Like other cities in England, Birmingham puts a lot of focus on its history and offers visitors many opportunities to step back in time and marvel at something the city, and the country, is proud of. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that most of the places to visit in Birmingham pay tribute to the cities past, and give visitors the chance to view the wonderful history on offer.

Birmingham Back To Backs

For those wanting to get a feel for what Birmingham was like to live in during the 19th and 20th centuries, this is a must visit and a place that really shows Birmingham off in a great way. This wonderfully restored courtyard gives visitors a glimpse into what life was like for ordinary Birmingham people, and why Birmingham was such an extraordinary place to live. The courtyard featuring houses that were built back to back against each other is the last remaining courtyard of its type in the city and shows how houses were built closely together, with a small communal yard for everyone to share. The guided tours of the courtyard start in the 1840s and move through time until the 1970s, showing how people lived and developed. The courtyard is owned by the National Trust who offer guided tours and for more information and to book a place on a tour,

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a fascinating story from the past and it also provides a unique tour around a former jewellery workshop. In 1981, the people behind Smith & Pepper Jewellery retired and ceased trading. Instead of selling the business and the stock they simply left the building and locked the door, leaving behind what would turn into this fascinating museum that is open to the public. The workshop gives visitors the chance to see what working conditions were like and also tells the story of the jewellery quarter, a famous part of Birmingham’s heritage. With live demonstrations, tour guides and additional galleries telling the story of jewellery making, this fascinating museum will keep you busy for hours. To book onto a tour of the workshop and see opening times and prices,

Cadbury World

The chocolate making company Cadbury’s is a well-known name in confectionary all around the world. The company has been in operation since 1824 and this tour shows the history of the company, along with the history of chocolate and a chance to see how they make some of their most famous bars. The tour is exceptionally popular with children, who love to discover the history of chocolate, but adults will also find this tour interesting as it gives a really good, in depth insight into what goes off behind the scenes. Cadbury World is split into different sections with the chocolate making section and the 4D chocolate adventure cinema experience being the most popular sections. To book tickets to visit and to see opening times and prices,

National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum holds the largest collection of British motorcycles anywhere in the world, totalling over 1000. The museum opened in 1984 and initially had 350 different motorcycles, still an impressive number but also one that shows how much the museum has improved and grown in recent years. The museum takes visitors on a journey through sixty years of motorcycle manufacturing, showcasing some great examples of bikes from different time periods. For anyone who is a motorcycle enthusiast or people who want to learn a little more about them, this museum is a look back on the motorcycle industry and has enough to keep visitors busy for a full day. To view opening times and prices, v

National Sea Life Centre

The National Sea Life Centre is an indoor aquarium that has over 60 different displays. Within those displays, the centre has over 2000 creatures that live underwater. The main attractions are the sharks, turtles, stingrays and octopus but with a wide variety of fish on show, the smaller animals are also very popular with visitors. The centre has opened a penguin enclosure that is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins and this is another very popular area with guests. For those looking to get close to some great wildlife and have a day out indoors, the National Sea Life Centre is full of exciting and interesting exhibits that will keep you entertained all day. To see prices and opening times

Think Tank Science Museum

The Think Tank Science Museum is a fun, hands-on museum experience that all the family will love. With over 200 hands-on displays situated across four levels, the museum has a great variety of things to view and with plenty of hands-on opportunities, children will find it a lot more interesting than a standard museum. With such a big variety of displays there is something for everyone at the Think Tank and all visitors should enjoy the day thanks to a great variety and a great hands on experience on offer. To take a look at entrance prices and opening times

Shopping at the Bull Ring

For those who like to spend a day shopping on the high street, the Bull Ring will provide you with everything you need. From major designers to independent stores offering unique items, the Bull Ring area of Birmingham is a great place to shop and somewhere that you will find everything you are looking for. You will find enough to keep you busy all day at the Bull Ring and when you are ready to stop, the area is home to many restaurants and bars where you can enjoy some food and drink after a hard days shopping. For more information

Aston Hall

Aston Hall is a Grade I listed building that was built sometime between 1618 and 1635. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of a Jacobean Prodigy House. The building was renovated in 2009 and is now open to the public during the summer months for guests to take a look around. Aston Hall is a building full of character and stories from the past and offers visitors a great opportunity to step back in time and see what the building was like at various different times. To view opening days and prices about

The Pen Museum

The Pen Museum in Birmingham is the only museum in the country dedicated to the pen making industry. The museum is located in the Jewellery Quarter inside a building that used to be a pen factory which makes the setting for the museum even more interesting. Alongside various pieces on display, the museum gives visitors the chance to write with various old style pens and also the opportunity to make a pen nib. This museum is a unique and very different day out that gives people the opportunity to experience something they can’t find anywhere else in the country. To view prices and opening times

House and Garden Winterbourne

House and Garden is a tranquil place to visit, ideal for those wanting a quiet day out. The house is unique as it is set within seven acres of botanic gardens, giving visitors two places to view, the gardens and the house itself. The house is home to many beautiful antiques and the garden is home to over 6000 plants species, giving visitors a vast array of things to look round. The botanic gardens are split into different areas and with a variety of different things happening throughout the year who knows what will be in bloom when you visit. To see opening times and prices