Birmingham Travel Guide

BirminghamCity in England

Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region, with multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars. In the city centre, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter tells the story of its namesake neighbourhood and the jewellery workshops that thrived here in the early 1900s. At Birmingham Back to Backs, visitors can admire surviving examples of the cosy, terraced homes that filled the city’s 19th-century working-class neighbourhoods. Contemporary attractions include the futuristic-looking Library of Birmingham, with a significant Shakespeare collection, and the Thinktank, an interactive science museum. Just outside town lie Cadbury World, which celebrates the famous confectionery maker, and Bournville Village, built for former Cadbury factory workers.

Cadbury World

Chocolate history & interactive exhibits

Self-guided tours through colorful interactive displays about chocolate-making & Cadbury history.

National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

Octopus, aquarium, otter, and penguin

The National Sea Life Centre is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, England. Its ocean tank has a capacity of 1,000,000 litres of water

Black Country Living Museum

Reconstructed, industrial-era landscape

Exploration of life in an 1850s iron-working town, with a coal seam, forge, steam engine and shops.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Pre-Raphaelites, city history & treasure

Victorian building with domed Round Room showing Pre-Raphaelites, Staffordshire hoard and artefacts.

Bullring & Grand Central

Large, revamped indoor mall & dining

Contemporary, landmark mall with diverse high-street fashion and household shops, plus restaurants.

Library of Birmingham

Large, contemporary building with a cafe

Europe’s largest public library is a modern, 31,000-sq-m. building with a cafe & a gift shop.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Plants, flowers, butterflies & birds

16-acre site with exotic flora in elegant Victorian glasshouses, Bonsai garden and bird collection.

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

Hands-on science & technology displays

Close encounters with technology past, present and future in family-friendly interactive displays.

Birmingham Back to Back

Houses reflecting life from 1840 to 1977

Guided tours of 4 fully restored historic houses that show how life changed between 1840 and 1977.

Aston Hall

Early-1600s mansion with tours & gardens

Jacobean-style mansion with tours of its period rooms, scenic gardens & occasional special events.

Dudley Zoological Gardens

Fun zoo with many endangered species

Walkthrough zoo in grounds with exotic mammals and reptiles, plus a farmyard area and face painting.

Cannon Hill Park

200-acre Victorian municipal park

Tennis courts, bowling green, boats on the lake and walking trails in 120 acres of woodland.

Winterbourne House & Garden

Historic Art & Crafts style villa

Antiques and botanical gardens with 6,000 plants in Edwardian industrialist’s grand country house.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery heritage in preserved factory

Live demonstrations of the jeweller’s craft with legacy tours of time-warp workshops.

The National Motorcycle Museum

Sprawling display of classic motorbikes

Large exhibition hall filled with hundreds of fully restored British motorcycles, plus a restaurant.

Jewellery Quarter

St. Paul’s Church & jewellery shops

The Jewellery Quarter is an industry hub, home to more than 100 retailers, diamond dealers, and workshops, as well as the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, with a preserved 1980s workshop. Georgian

Sutton Park

Vast parkland area for walks & picnics

2000 acres of parkland with bike/bridle paths and lakes, for walking, jogging, cycling and angling.

Kingsbury Water Park

Lakes & wildlife in a vast country park

600-acre park with 15 boating and fishing lakes, plus bird-watching hides, walking and bike trails.

Sandwell Valley Country Park

Woods & farmlands for fresh air pursuits

Outdoor action in 660 acres of woods, farmland, lakes and streams with hiking and biking trails.

Dudley Castle

Ruins of a castle at Dudley Zoo

Stone remains of a medieval castle at Dudley Zoo, with a courtyard used for various open-air events.

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Animal conservation & breeding centre

Small zoo with focus on endangered species, conservation and captive breeding.

Lickey Hills Country Park

Vast grounds for walkers & plant lovers

Sprawling woodland with walking trails, a sculpture walk and over 380 species of flowering plants.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club

First-class cricket on a Test ground

Top-flight county cricket team’s home at an England Test venue with a kit and memorabilia shop.

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Canal

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is a canal in the south Midlands of England. The canal, which was built between 1793 and 1816, runs for 25.5 miles in total, and consists of two sections. The dividing

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Small museum of great artists & coins

Art deco stone-and-brick gallery with small collection of great artists, sculpture and coins.

St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham

18th-century CofE place of worship

Georgian baroque cathedral with notable stained glass, holding regular Mass and events/concerts.

Ikon Gallery

Free showcase for contemporary art

Free-admission venue for exhibitions across a range of media from global contemporary artists.

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Canal and marina

The Worcester and Birmingham Canal is a canal linking Birmingham and Worcester in England. It starts in Worcester, as an ‘offshoot’ of the River Severn and ends in Gas Street Basin in Birmingham

Gas Street Basin

Canal basin where 2 canals meet up

Historical canal basin where the BCN Main Line connects with the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

Walsall Arboretum

Victorian public park with play areas

A historic public park with formal gardens, children’s play area, lido and outdoor fitness trail.

Sarehole Mill Museum

Watermill museum with Tolkien exhibition

Restored 18th-century working mill with Victorian bakehouse and family-friendly Tolkien exhibits.

Victoria Square, Birmingham

Queen Victoria

Victoria Square is a pedestrianised public square in Birmingham, England. It is home to both the Town Hall and the Council House, and directly adjacent to Chamberlain Square. The square is often

The Coffin Works

Iconic museum of coffin making

Unique museum about coffin making, with tours & stories of the funerals of famous people in history.

Clent Hills

Low peaks with monuments & bright blooms

Scenic set of hills featuring historic structures & seasonal nature walks to view bluebells.

Custard Factory

The Custard Factory is an independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Deritend Birmingham, England. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard

Blakesley Hall Museum

16th-century Tudor farmhouse museum

This stately merchant’s house takes visitors back 400 years with its original fixtures and fittings.

Edgbaston

Edgbaston Stadium cricket & gastropubs

The affluent suburb of Edgbaston is renowned for international test cricket and T20 matches at modern Edgbaston Stadium, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Tree-lined Cannon Hill Park

Pen Museum

Victorian pen factory with displays

Exhibition and demonstrations of pen-making, writing equipment, accessories and calligraphy.

Soho House Museum

Recreated home in Georgian mansion

Industrialist Matthew Boulton’s 17th-century home and garden with ormolu and silver pieces.

Woodgate Valley Country Park

450 acres of ponds, woodland & meadows

Rural park with brook running through middle offers pony trekking, visitor centre and play area.

Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple

Hindu place of worship & event site

Spacious Hindu temple with many shrines, hosting regular events & pre-booked guided tours.

Ash End House Children’s Farm

Animal-oriented fun for all the family

Farm with tractor and pony rides, lamb feeding, goat milking and lots of animals for kids to meet.

Escape Live Birmingham – Live Escape Game Rooms

Dudley Canal

Canal

The Dudley Canal is a canal passing through Dudley in the West Midlands of England. The canal is part of the English and Welsh connected network of navigable inland waterways, and in particular

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust

Extensive & classic floral gardens

Run by volunteers, a walled, 10-acre garden with over 600 species of plants, plus a holly maze.

StarCity

Family entertainment & leisure centre

Leisure and entertainment hub with cinema, bowling alley, mini-golf course and indoor climbing wall.

Saint Martin in the Bull Ring

Victorian religious edifice with tearoom

Neo-Gothic religious building, designed by Alfred Chatwin, with CofE services and a tea lounge.

Birmingham City Centre Path

Kinver Edge

Nature

Kinver Edge is a high heath and woodland escarpment just west of Kinver, about four miles west of Stourbridge, and four miles north of Kidderminster, and is on the border between Worcestershire

Lapworth Museum of Geology

Rock, fossil, gem & mineral collections

Fossils in local Wenlock limestone, plus colourful gems and crystals in an airy Edwardian building.