Attractions

Visit Birmingham and be amazed by the number of attractions on offer. With world-class galleries, stimulating museums and a chocolate factory just for starters, can you pack it all in?

Below are just a few ideas of places you can visit in Birmingham and the region. Find ideas for family days out, free things to do, fun events and more. Use our EXPLORE Birmingham tool to get an extensive overview of all attractions. 

 


 

Discover a whole world of chocolatey fun at Cadbury World

There’s so much to see and do for the whole family. From learning how your favourite confectionery is made and uncovering the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate, to playing in chocolate rain and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk. With fourteen amazing zones, there's something for everyone! 

Join a whole host of Cadbury characters as they whisk you away on an adventurous journey in the 4D cinema experience, complete with motion seats. Dive into a bowl of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk, ride the Crunchie Rollercoaster and take to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship piloted by the Caramel Bunny!  We rode the chocolate adventure, read our blog about it here.

Let Birmingham's flagship National SEA LIFE Centre take you on a spectacular undersea voyage. Walk through a glass tunnel totally surrounded by an enormous one million-litre ocean tank where giant green sea turtles, black tip reef sharks and tropical reef fish swim inches from your head.

Immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle. The castle promises an experience where ancient myths and spell-binding tales will set your imagination alight and your hair on end.

Birmingham's last surviving court of Back to Back Housing offers a step back in time. This National Trust location is a beautifully restored 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses. It’s a story told through the experiences of the people who lived and worked here over four periods from 1840 to 1977.


Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is ten themed galleries of immense, inspiring, interactive fun. It’s the most modern of science museums. Investigate everything from full size locomotives and aircraft to intestines and taste buds - but do so with fun as your focus.

There’s the awe-inspiring, truly gobsmaking planetarium; using state-of-the-art digital technology to present breathtaking images on a 360° domed ceiling. It puts you at the centre of the action - a totally immersive science experience.

The Thinktank Science Garden is an interactive outdoor exploration space that offers an adventurous and entertaining day out for all the family, bringing themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation to life through 42 hands-on exhibits and fun zones.

Fancy yourself as a TV presenter? Visit BBC Birmingham’s Public Space at The Mailbox and read and record a news item or a weather forecast. Take a look through the viewing windows into the BBC WM and Asian Network studios as well as the television gallery where the BBC Midlands Today team chooses shots, cues the studio and keeps everything on air! 

And if you’d like to see even more of your local BBC, then book on a studio tour. BBC Birmingham Tours offer a fascinating insight into the programmes originating from BBC Birmingham. Take a behind the scenes tour of the television and radio studios and share the secrets of getting a programme from script to screen. Read a blog of our tour here.

Spend a little time in a sleepy seaside village in 1930s England before moving on to a 1960s town and take a brief look at war-time Germany before coming up to date on the TGV, Eurostar, ICE and the Japanese Shinkansen.

Back in our parents’ day, the thought of going to a car factory for a nice day out would have seemed crazy. But times have changed, and Jaguar’s modern assembly plant at Castle Bromwich is no ordinary factory.

Built in 1936 to produce the iconic Spitfire fighter that defended Britain against the Luftwaffe, Castle Bromwich has been the home of Jaguar since 1977, and today produces the XJ luxury flagship and the thrilling F-TYPE sports car. The technically-minded will enjoy seeing robots rivet and bond the aerospace-inspired aluminium bodies that make Jaguar cars so light, strong and agile.

But everyone, whether petrolhead or youngster, will enjoy seeing these sleek machines coming together and hearing the rasp of their V6 and V8 engines as they come to life. As a bonus, if you’re considering a Jaguar for yourself you’ll be able to get inspiration from the rainbow spectrum of paint finishes and interior leathers as the finished cars come down the line. “It’s like a toy factory for grown-ups” as one visitor put it.

Explore the newly refurbished British Motor Museum – home to world’s largest collection of historic British cars - from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope’s FAB1.   Experience the sights, sounds and stories of the British motor industry and get ‘under the skin’ with their interactive exhibits. Take a walk down the 'Time Road' and discover how motoring and family life has changed through the decades as the cars are brought to life by costumed explainers and free guided tours.

Get a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into how they store and preserve their vehicles in the new Collections Centre, with over 250 cars from both their reserve car collection and that of the Jaguar Heritage Trust to explore.

The Glee is a unique comedy, music and special entertainment venue with a superb intimate feel that always features the biggest names in the business. If you are in Birmingham it is a must see venue that will have you laughing, crying or cheering, which ever you would prefer. 

 

The Glee offers the highest quality evening entertainment in Birmingham with some of the biggest names in comedy and music every weekend.  Tickets are very affordable starting at just £5 for some events and the club offers a wide range of food and drink so you can make a proper night of your visit. If you are looking for an experience you won’t forget then go and be part of The Glee.

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure and can be found at Cannock Chase and Wyre Forest.  Fly down a huge zip wire or leap off Tarzan Swings and enjoy high rope obstacles in some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery. Or why not get off the beaten track for an hour of fun with our Forest Segway Experience. It's a totally unique way to tackle the trails in the forest at Cannock Chase.

Broadway Plaza offers a number of jam packed activities catering to all ages and occasions. For birthdays, nights out and celebrations - There's the 12 screen Odeon 3D Multiplex, the 20 lane Bowlplex with Sega arcade and pool pit and the Broadway Casino.

Discover the spirit of Africa at Akamba Hertiage Centre in Solihull. The centre houses two acres of exotic plantlife and palms, stunning lifesize animal scultptures and the new African Bird walk where you can see some of the world's most colourful birds up close. Be sure to check out the jungle beer garden and tribal restaurant for some premier African and Caribbean cuisine.  

The Jewellery Quarter has four museums - the Museum of the Jewellery QuarterPen Museum, JW Evans and Newman Brothers at the Coffin WorksWith several art galleries, over 100 jewellery shops and 200 listed historic buildings, the Quarter is a great place to spend the day. Read our blog about the Coffin Works here.

Throughout the year, the Ikon Gallery shows some of the most contemporary and thought-provoking artwork from around the world. Every first Saturday of the month take the family to the Ikon Gallery for free Family Saturdays.

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Built for industrialist John Nettlefold’s growing family in 1903, Winterbourne House and Garden is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden. Now the site is open to the public 7 days a week with a range of beautifully decorated period exhibition rooms offering an insight into Edwardian life both above and below stairs. Outside, the Arts and Crafts garden delights in all seasons and the terrace tea room is a wonderful place to treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea.  See more heritage attractions here.

The Black Country Living Museum is a world class open-air museum; brought to life by costumed characters in an array of original shops, houses, workshops, a school and traditional fairground, all in one canalside village.

Discover the Black Country heritage, enjoy a ride on a tramcar or explore the underground coalmine. This is where the past truly comes to life! Read a blog about our visit here.

From lions and tigers to snakes and spiders - go wild at Dudley Zoological Gardens. Come face to face with lemurs as they roam freely in their woodland home. Walk through a rainforest to see primates and otters. Watch birds of prey as they fly around the Castle. Meet furry friends down on the farm and learn about the horrible history of Dudley Castle and hunt for ghosts!

Solihull, home of The NEC and Genting Arena, has plenty to offer too including the internationally-renowned National Motorcycle Museum and the beautiful Brueton Park.

The great outdoors are never far away in Birmingham. We’ve got parks aplenty in the city itself, with Sutton Park being the largest urban park in Europe. Cannon Hill Park, a stone’s throw from the city centre, is home to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and Midlands Arts Centre. During the summer, it’s possible to hire a pedal boat and float around the lake, dodging the ducks!

In Stratford-upon-Avon The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is transforming New Place, the site of Shakespeare's home for the last 19 years of his life, to create a new heritage landmark where visitors can discover Shakespeare at the height of his success. The project to represent the site will be the single most significant Shakespearian project anywhere in the world to commemorate his legacy. Shakespeare wrote 26 of his best-loved plays as owner of New Place.

His former home has attracted literary fans since the 17th century, long before his Birthplace was rescued for the benefit of the nation. Unfortunately, New Place was demolished in 1759 by its then owner, Reverend Francis Gastrell, who was annoyed by visiting Shakespeare enthusiasts. The re-imagined New Place is scheduled to open on 23 April.

Just outside Birmingham, in the neighbouring counties, we have bountiful farms where you can visit in the summer months and pick your own fruits.

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