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Things to do in Birmingham

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“There are many stores which you can purchase must-have items during your stay! There are many restaurants to choose from if you wish to dine out. It also looks amazing during the Christmas period!!”
  • 71 locals recommend
History Museum
“Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Visit the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham and get closer than ever before to over 2000 creatures including the UK's only 360 degree Ocean Tunnel .”
  • 33 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Cadbury World is a tourist attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury Company which created the world famous Cadbury chocolate brand. It's what "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" film and novel are based on. Cadbury World is an adventure into the world of chocolate. From humble beginnings in a shop in Birmingham the Cadbury brothers created a chocolate empire that has factories around the world. The Cadbury factory at Bournville has a visitor centre that is dedicated to the history of chocolate. Both educational and excitingly portrayed, the visitor can learn about how cocoa beans are grown, how they came to be imported to Europe and made into the chocolate that we know today. How has chocolate changed over the years, and what made Cadbury's so successful. There is also an excellent factory shop where visitors can purchase a wide range of Cadbury products at factory prices. A restaurant/cafeteria can be found on site and there is a play area for children. Special features include a 3D video story and an interactive theatre which deals not only with chocolate, its manufacture and its advertising but also provides an insight into the Cadbury ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Convention Center
“The National Exhibition Centre is an exhibition centre located in Solihull, England. It is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway, and is adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International railway station. Buy tickets to some of the best Birmingham events, Exhibitions and shows.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Library
“The library is not only a good representation of incredible architecture but a huge example of the beauty and development the city has to offer. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Entertainment
“When first built reckoned to be the best acoustic space for live music performance in the world and still fantastic!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Here you can watch your favourite artists perform in concert or attend various events such as conventions and exhibitions.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to shop
“An absolute teat for the food lovers in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Packed with best restaurants and bars in town!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Night clubs, bars, pubs, entertainment, food in the heart of Birmingham you will find plenty of evening events”
  • 14 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Fantastic location for a selection of restaurants, bars, Cinema and Casino. There is a selection of shops too. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“UK's largest city centre based shopping centre. An important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Connected to Grand Central Station making it easy to access without having to go outdoors.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“At just over an hours drive away uncover a world of chocolatey delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed day out at Cadbury World! You’ll learn how your favourite confectioneries are made, play in virtual chocolate rain, and add your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm melted Cadbury Dairy Milk. Discover the origins of the cocoa bean, before hopping aboard the magical ‘Cadabra’ ride, and meeting the infamous Cadbury drumming gorilla!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“A park with good walks and cycling, river walks and lake, the Midlands Art Centre with theatre, cafe, cinema, art gallery and small zoo (West Midlands Conservation Park and Zoo). Visit the Warwickshire Cricket Ground (International cricket stadium) opposite and the cricket stadium shop. Book inadvance and see a cricket match. Spend two days there. Open all year. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Transportation
“Birmingham New Street is the largest and busiest of the three main railway stations in the Birmingham City Centre, England. It is a central hub of the British railway system.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“you get to see how favourite jewellery are made and the efforts putting into making them. also a chance to grab a bargain too.”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“Stunning views in open setting on top of iconic John Rocha designed "Cube" building in Birmingham, a must go-to for drinks food, hanging out”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Whether it's the playful banter of bright young things over hot samosas and cold beer, or the contagious happiness of intrepid foodies, Lasan has a vibe that's difficult to resist...the atmosphere pulsates with laughter and fun, witnessing milestone celebrations, grand plans and some truly beautiful love stories.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pub
“Massive old Birmingham classic, old man pub collides with Friday night hedonists. Massive covered beer garden at the back to explore with cocktail bar, wine bar and often some street food.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Cafe, garden and evening live music (mostly folky). Great daytime food, particularly good for families.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Michelin-starred restaurant open for lunch and dinner with an emphasis on seasonal, British ingredients.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Upscale choice for acclaimed modern British tasting menus, in a chic, contemporary dining room.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fumo was launched in June 2012 and is part of the award-winning San Carlo Group which operates outstandingly successful, modern Italian restaurants throughout the UK. They include venues in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the legendary Signor Sassi opposite Harrods in London's fashionable Knightsbridge Green - now in its 28th year. San Carlo also has a portfolio of stunning Signor Sassi restaurants in capital cities across the world which currently include Kuwait, Beirut and Bangkok. The independent, family-owned business was founded in Birmingham in 1984 by Carlo Distefano and is recognised for its superb freshly prepared regional food, impeccable service and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Each week the best quality ingredients are bought from the markets in Milan to ensure Carlo's high standards, passion and insistence to "never compromise on quality" are maintained. San Carlo Group restaurants epitomise all that is best in genuine Italian hospitality. Traditionally Italian. Fumo Birmingham is the latest concept in a chic cocktail bar, restaurant and late lounge from the award-winning San Carlo Group of independent Italian restaurants. Situated in the smart banking district, Fumo serves expertly crafted Cicchetti dishes and an unrivalled cocktail menu. Join us at the grand, feature bar or take a table and enjoy a relaxed yet atmospheric, stylish dining experience seven days a week.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Smart, airy gastropub with velour banquettes and outside decked area, serving seasonal British menu.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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