Pay a visit to the jewel of the West Midlands, a city with a buzzing, upbeat and artistic atmosphere

Thanks to its manageable centre and warm atmosphere, Birmingham is also a great city to explore with the family. Make your base in one of our Birmingham hotels and look forward to the trip.

birmingham tourist attractions
just outside of the main city sits the stunning jacobean mansion, aston hall. with manicured gardens and lawns as well as a rich history, the hall offers plenty to entertain and educate. in 1643 the mansion survived an attack by the roundheads and you can still view the cannonball that destroyed parts of the building. children will like the experience walk that shows all the huge holes from the shot. for less history, more flavour, don’t miss cadbury world. learn how the delicious bars are made, taste plenty of samples and ride the crunchie rollercoaster. in the purple planet section you can dance in chocolate rain, plant your own cocoa seeds and chase creme eggs. young adventurers will also love birmingham’s thinktank science museum, with ten galleries featuring interactive exhibits that bring science to life. explore the world of natural sciences, spend time in the planetarium or investigate the science behind car manufacture. for a cultural escape visit the midlands arts centre , which has a cinema, café and bar as well as a busy gallery with contemporary photography, performance and sound installations. the centre also lets visitors create their own art, so expect regular classes and workshops for all ages."
retail therapy
looking for great gifts to take home? the jewellery quarter offers a uniquely birmingham-style shopping experience. here, you can purchase new and vintage jewellery by the pound, or mingle with craftsmen selling the goods they’ve created themselves. for another unique shopping experience head to the heath. a short journey out of the city centre, it houses a collection of independent shops and boutiques selling one-off items and tailored clothing. the people shop is particularly popular thanks to its mixture of great customer care and gorgeous, unique home ware, gifts and clothing.
local tips
for an alternative take on the city, head to the digbeth area, where the streets are packed with hipster bars and cafes. the custard factory is a creative hive of independent shops and studios, frequented by some of the city’s artistic types. soak up the atmosphere and grab a coffee at the yumm café before browsing the vintage shops. for a cultural night out head to one of several theatres in birmingham that host a variety of touring productions and local talent too. the children’s theatre stages a lively program of shows for all ages.
transport in birmingham
With your stay in Birmingham, it is a great city to walk around, but if you are heading out of the city centre there are plenty of transport options. black taxis can be hailed on the street, while the extensive bus, tram and train network connects all of the major areas. digbeth high street is easily accessible by bus numbers 56, 58, 60 and 97. for short bus journeys around the city centre you can pay the city hop fare of just £1. if you’re travelling several times in one day the daysaver ticket is just £4.20 and allows unlimited bus trips.
eating and drinking
the award-winning warehouse café in digbeth serves tasty vegetarian and vegan food from above a health food shop, while the digbeth dining club offer simple food that’s cooked in front of you. in brindleyplace you can take a seat on a canal boat for a floating dinner, or for real local flavour head to one of the city’s famous curry houses in the balti triangle. *all prices correct at time of writing, september 2015

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