I’ve lived in Birmingham all my life and I love my City. Of course I’d like to be closer to the sea side, but being central it’s never that far away.
I’d like to share some of my favourite places in Birmingham with you, some are obvious, some not so obvious but I’m sure there is something for everyone.
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Shopping in the Centre.
It’s worth a trip to Birmingham just for the shopping. Come by train and you will most likely to arrive at Grand Central, a brand new station and shopping centre with lots of new shops including a great John Lewis store. There are also many places to grab something to eat. Then right next door you have the Bullring Shopping Centre, three floors of fabulous shops with something for everyone. That’s before you’ve even stepped outside onto the high street! The shopping experience just goes on and on. If you fancy a break there is the Museum and Art Gallery you could visit, or the library. Why would you want to visit a library? Well, just take a trip to the roof garden and soak in that view! If you come around Christmas time (12th November to 22nd December) you can catch the wonderful Frankfurt Market, which extends to the Christmas Market and Craft Fair.
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Just a stones throw from the library you will find Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Maybe you fancy catching a show, coming soon you will find Will Young and Jimmy Carr, or maybe you will like something classical, there is plenty to choose from, from Beethoven to Mendelssohn.
The auditorium is a model of a modern concert hall with superb acoustics so whatever you decide to see you will enjoy.
Or you could even opt for a tour of the hall, they are held frequently.
Just the other side of the Symphony Hall you will find one of Birmingham’s famed canals. The canals have been restored and are now a lively hub of activity with bars and restaurants. You can take a trip on a barge, or just take a barge taxi to another canal area, the Birmingham Mailbox.
On the other side of the City is the Think Tank
, which is Birmingham’s brilliant science museum. It’s a real fun day out for all the family with so much to do and learn. There is even a fabulous science garden to explore on nicer days. It’s a wonderfully interactive museum which will capture imaginations. You can explore the science behind manufacturing, see the world’s oldest working steam engine, find out about the future, visit the planetarium and much more.
Sea Life Centre
Birmingham also has a wonderful Sea Life Centre
which has been voted one of the best things to do in Birmingham. It has an interactive rockpool, a 4D cinema and a colony of Gentoo penguins in the Penguin Ice Adventure. An all time favourite has to be the 360 degrees tunnel with the sharks and giant turtle called Molokai.
If you want to venture out of the City Centre then why not visit the home of chocolate...Cadbury World
. This is where Cadbury’s chocolate began. It’s not just about the factory though, Bournville is a whole community which was built for the workers at the chocolate factory. (Because the Cadbury’s were Quakers by religion, you will not find a pub in Bournville!) The tour of Cadbury World is fun and enlightening, with lots of taste testing on the way. There is a Chocolate shop you can visit, and many photo opportunities. If you visit, do take a look around Bournville village too. Just across the road from Cadbury World you will see a Clock Tower which hosts a Carillon, which is one of the largest and finest in Britain. It is actually 48 bells held in a cupola which are worked by a keyboard, so the tunes that can be played are quite amazing. You can hear the Carillon being played at the weekend in the afternoon.
Whatever you decide to do I’m sure you’ll find plenty to keep you happy and occupied in Birmingham.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.