Let’s start with the obvious. Birmingham is amazing for shopping.

There are over 160 of the most imaginative and desirable shops for you to explore in the Bullring alone and New Street and The Mailbox have hundreds more. And if you visit in early December you could also nip over to The National Exhibition Centre, just ten minutes by train from the city centre, for the celebrity-packed Clothes Show Live, the UK’s largest fashion and beauty event.

If you’d prefer to get your kicks from the thrill of live competition, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. From international athletics and test cricket to Premiership football, Birmingham is the home of live sport. Check what’s on at the Arena Birmingham or if Aston Villa, Birmingham City or West Bromwich Albion are playing at home when you visit. There might also be a one day test at Edgbaston if cricket’s your thing.

Junior Golf lessons at Edgbaston Golf Club are run throughout the year. Overseen by Director of Golf David Fulcher and delivered by PGA Professional Craig Boland & University of Birmingham AGMS student Thomas Hefford, juniors will be given the appropriate tuition in order to help them reach a standard where they can apply for membership of the golf club. Find out more get an up to date list of coaching dates, programmes and booking forms here.

Did you know J.R.R. Tolkien was from Birmingham? The Lord of the Rings author grew up in the city during the late 19th and early 20th Century and it inspired his most famous works. Why not take a look at some of the locations that influenced Tolkien by following one of the special Tolkien Trail maps.

If it’s wheels that you’re into then the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, just a few minutes’ walk from The NEC, is recognised as the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the world. But if you want to see bikes in action, then head over to the Birmingham Brummies Speedway Team who meet regularly in Perry Barr, just north of the city.

Birmingham has a massive live music and clubbing scene. Live music venues in Birmingham and the surrounding area include the O2 Academy, Arena Birmingham and Genting Arena. For older teens there’s also the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, a pub renowned for live music.


Check out our EXPLORE Birmingham section for information on bands playing whilst you’re visiting and a complete directory of clubs and nights.



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