Things to do for free

There’s plenty to do if you’re visiting on a budget. Here’s just a taster.

If you're looking to break from routine, to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life or to find a peaceful place to enjoy a spot of lunch, why not take a stroll along the canal. With so much to do and see, your canal is ideal for meeting friendly, like-minded people or spending quality time with your family and friends. Or just bring yourself and book for a moment of peaceful solitude.

A stroll along the canal takes you from cosmopolitan Brindleyplace to the stylish Mailbox where you can try your hand at TV presenting in the BBC’s Public Space. The Public Space at BBC Birmingham is open seven days a week and admission is free.

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The city skyline, from St Philip’s Cathedral and Birmingham Central Mosque to the iconic Selfridges building, illustrates Birmingham’s unique fusion of cultures, its’ industrial heritage and bold, ambitious future. Make sure you pop into the historic Town Hall concert venue too. It’s stunning!  Town Hall and Symphony Hall have a number of free concerts and events throughout the year across a wide range of musical genres including folk, jazz classical and family.

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An outdoor Amphitheatre, surrounded by wild flower planting, in Centenary Square provides a performance space for music, drama, poetry reading and storytelling.

There are two outdoor garden terraces, children’s spaces and a panoramic viewing gallery at the summit, where visitors are able to enjoy stunning views from one of the highest points in the city.

If you’re looking to relax, spend a lazy hour in one of our beautiful parks, admire the narrow boats as they float under Broad Street bridge or listen to some lunchtime jazz in Symphony Hall.

Alternatively, why not spend a few hours at Eastside City Park - the first urban park in Birmingham for 130 years. Features include include 310 trees, formal lawns, public squares and a canal feature running 188m and incorporating 21 jet fountains. The park also incorporates the existing Science Garden, which forms part of the neighbouring Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

No visit would be complete without calling into the outstanding Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home of the extraordinary Staffordshire Anglo Saxon Hoard.

Not far from the city centre there are plenty more places to explore. There’s a free bus to the aircraft viewing area at Birmingham Airport, just a short hop from the main terminal facilities. And a whole host of festivals and events in Solihull Town Centre.

There is an abundance of nature and countryside to explore throughout the Black Country. Despite its industrial heritage the Black Country is surprisingly a peaceful haven for walkers and much of the countryside of the area can be seen from the many canals that wind through the area.

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