Best Places To Visit In Birmingham
Home to countless museums, arts venues, heritage sites and family attractions, the UK’s “second city” has way more to offer than a good balti. Read on “top 7 best places to visit in Birmingham” to plan your perfect weekend here.
7 Best Places To Visit In Birmingham
1. Victoria Square & Birmingham City Center
The heart of Birmingham revolves around the pedestrian-friendly Victoria Square, and can be explored via the Birmingham City Centre Path. Along the way, you’ll discover the attractive old Town Hall, built in 1832 and a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Resembling a Roman temple, this impressive structure features 40 ornate Corinthian columns made of Anglesey marble, and has been the center of the city’s music scene since hosting the first performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 1847.
Nowadays, its impressive Symphony Hall, with its world-class acoustics and stunning auditorium, regularly features A-list singers and performers and is also home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
2. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, opened in 1885, is considered one of the finest such museums outside London. Its art treasures include a collection of works by Pre-Raphaelite painters, as well as artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries and sculptures by Rodin and James Tower.
There are also interesting displays related to the city’s history, including archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age, along with the impressive Pinto Collection, with its 6,000-plus toys and other items made of wood. A gift shop is located on-site, and if you’re interested in a great high tea experience, the exquisite Edwardian Tearooms is worth a visit.
If there’s time in your schedule, pay a visit to The Ikon Gallery, a contemporary art museum located in a heritage building that’s worth exploring.
3. Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Families traveling with budding young scientists won’t want to miss Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. This award-winning museum includes a large number of fascinating science-related exhibits, many of them hands-on and interactive.
Highlights include an impressive collection of steam-powered machines, from locomotives to tractors, as well as industrial machinery, many related to Birmingham’s important role as an industrial center through the centuries.
Other fun displays include a chocolate packaging machine; the Spitfire Gallery, with its authentic WWII-era aircraft (including one of 10,000 Spitfires made locally); the Science Garden, with its human-sized hamster wheel; and the Thinktank Planetarium, with its fascinating tours of the stars and planets.
4. National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham
One of Birmingham’s most-visited tourist attractions, the National SEA LIFE Centre is home to an impressive 60-plus exhibits related to marine life. Pride of place goes to the aquarium’s massive million-liter ocean tank, with its unique underwater tunnel, which allows visitors an uninterrupted view of the diverse sea life on display, including everything from reef sharks to giant turtles.
All told, some 2,000 critters call the aquarium home, including numerous rare seahorses, giant octopi, lobsters, crabs, stingrays, as well as otters (look out for Mango and Starsky!).
5. Winterbourne House and Garden
A unique Edwardian-era site, Winterbourne House and Garden, is one of the best places to visit in Birmingham, situated in Edgbaston near to the University of Birmingham campus. Events there include art exhibits, theatre, craft workshops and live music – something for everyone. The main building was built in the Arts and Crafts style for John and Margaret Nettlefold in 1903, and has its own rustic outbuildings, large gardens and even a selection of 19th-century printing presses.
6. The Coffin Works
Have you ever wanted to visit the firm that produced the coffin furniture for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother? Now you can! The Coffin Works, home to the Newman Brothers Museum, is situated in Bimingham’s picturesque Jewellery Quarter. Visitors can enter this time capsule, preserved by the Birmingham Conservation Trust, and see how the factory was in its 1960s heyday, complete with the music of the period.
Home to a range of restuarants, cafes and bars, the Brindleyplace estate showcases the regions canals in all their glory. Enjoy a bowl of ramen while you watch the narrowboats glide past, or sip a hand-crafted cocktail in the cool breeze coming off the water. Home to events such as an open-air film festival, Birmingham Chilli festival and the BP Dragonboat Race, there’s always something to see or do.
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