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The most populated city outside of London in the UK, there’s no shortage of attractions around Birmingham to keep its visitors entertained. With so much to do you might find it hard to pack everything into just one trip, with world-class art galleries, theatres and a chocolate factory it’s hard to know where to start!
If you have children, try and fit in a trip to the Sea Life centre. Located in the heart of the city, its home to over 1000 types of underwater creatures, including hammerhead sharks, otters and rays. Kids will also love Cadbury World. Half a million people visit each year to learn all about making chocolate and to discover the history of Cadbury.
The musical heritage of Birmingham is said to rival Liverpool’s, with plenty of concert venues around the city that play host to world famous artists. There’s the imaginatively named National Indoor Arena, the Adrian Boult Hall, the CBSO Centre and the O2 Academy for contemporary music gigs, while fans of classical music can see Birmingham’s city orchestra at Symphony Hall.
Birmingham is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, all of which are world famous.
If you fancy some fresh air, wander along the canals or through some of Birmingham’s eight thousand acres of green space. Try Sutton Park, which is the biggest urban nature reserve in Europe, the Victorian Birmingham Botanical Gardens or Cannon Hill Park, which also has the Birmingham Nature Centre.
Science and culture lovers will be impressed by the museums and galleries around Birmingham. Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is made up of ten themed galleries of interactive fun. There’s the planetarium, which uses digital technology to present images on a 360° domed ceiling, and the Science Garden, which brings the themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation to life through 42 exhibits. It’s sure to keep you entertained for an afternoon.
If you’re into art, try the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with Old Masters paintings, seventeenth century Italian paintings and collections of ceramics and fine metalwork.
For theatre, the main venue is the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which has seen acclaimed actors such as Lawrence Olivier and Albert Finney over the years. Then there’s the Alexandra Theatre and the Birmingham Hippodrome which both put on big name touring performances.
This just scratches the surface of all the things to explore in and around Birmingham. Browse the latest fashions and grab something to eat in the Bullring shopping centre, have drinks at the best bars and clubs in the city, or just wander through the city and see what you can find. You won’t be stuck for things to do in this vibrant city.