The best things in life are free, the next best things are very expensive.. But lets focus on the FREE! Below is a guide to the top free things to see and do in Birmingham.


Key to the City

So you already have your Key to the city? If you have, you still have access to the secret public and private spaces until 7th August. The keys, usually only given by a mayor or city council to a dignitary will be accessible for thousands of people, and will provide access to 21 Gardens and buildings you never knew existed.  Once 7th August comes, the keys will no longer work and these places will close again for maybe years to come. It is a brilliant way to bring a new perspective to Birmingham.


Library of Birmingham

Visit the biggest Library in Europe that is Library of Birmingham. The library that is 10 levels high houses some of the rarest books and archives. Not only this but it boasts an outdoor amphitheatre, surrounded by wild-flower planting and two outdoor garden terraces, where visitors are able to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Birmingham cityscape.


Gas Street Basin

So, you may have heard it before, but Birmingham has more Canals than Venice! Yep that’s right, Birmingham has 35 miles of Canals, an impressive reminder of the Industrial Revolution. The canals are a unique way to see the city, whether on a boating trip or just walking on the numerous tow paths that the city has to offer. Start at Brindley Place and walk to the Mailbox, and you will witness the spectacular buildings by the canal side and the magnificent boats towed up. Stop for a drink maybe at the Canal House, and take in the extraordinary views of the canal basin from the outdoor terrace.


Jewellery Quarter 

The Jewellery Quarter is one of the most original destinations in the UK with an extraordinary history, home to over 700 Jewellers. Whether you’re looking for a gift, an engagement ring or just fancy some window shopping, the Jewellery Quarter has everything you need. Maybe you aren’t looking for anything and just after a drink or a bite to eat, the Jewellery Quarter has a range of bars and restaurants.


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Visit this Museum and Art Gallery that dates back to 1885, recently home to displays and live events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Festival. The museum also has an Edwardian Tearoom that has delicious brunch, lunch and snack options complemented by its historic setting.


Cannon Hill Park

There is something for everyone at Cannon Hill Park, for families, couples, individuals, friends. Birmingham’s most outstanding Green Space with a range of activities and facilities from walking, picnics in the park, Swan Lake Boating and the Midlands Art Centre.

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