Drayton Manor was voted the best UK attraction for children and was the winner for 3 years. It is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Me and Gaz came here on the saturday on our weekend away. It was great, loads of rides to choose from... some were pretty scary but we still gave them a try, and there were lots of nice restaurants to choose from including a pub too if you fancied a beer or anything else you fancy.
There is Europe's onlystand up rollercoaster here at Drayton manor, called Shockwave. There is also Apoclypse the worlds first stand up tower drop voted the scariest ride in the Times.
There are many other amazing rides to choose from whether you want white knuckle rides or just a soft ride for the children.
There are lots of atm machines around the park, there is excellent disabled access to most of the rides for wheelchair users.
Lots of shops to buy food, drink, sovernirs and soft toys etc.
Then theres the Zoo which has over 100 species of animals..... my favourites are the monkeys, tigers and lizards.
The park and zoo opens at 9.30am and rides open at 10am.. the park closes at 6pm.
Prices are £18.95 for over 12 years, £14.95 for 4-11 years and under 4 years are free. See the website for special offers for schools, groups and families.
For a blast of nostalgia make sure you visit the recently reburbished Moor St station.
After dwindling away to virtually nothing for years millions of pounds have been spent on it. Now it sits in it's Edwardian splendour with many good touches of 1930's style in the fixture and fixings of the place.
The station can be used for some local commuter routes, but more importantly for tourists it is the basr for the steam-hauled service to Statford upon avon, Shakesphere's birthplace.
The train leave each sunday in the summer months.
The main Birmingham municpal museum is right in the centre of Birmingham in Chamberlain square - and FREE.
It's a impressive collection of artefacts, paintings and local history housed within an exuberant building of Victorian ironwork.
The Edwardian tearoom is a delight, and very few could fail to be impressed by what is probably the best collection of pre-Rafaelite paintings in the world.
If you only go to see the building itself - do. You are bould to be sidetracked by the well-thought out and well displayed galleries.
Located right in the husltle and bustle of The Waters Edge in Bridley Place, The national Sea Life Centre is worth a visit whilst in Birmingham. It was the first of its kind to come to Birmingham, and it has a lot to show off on display. Thousands of underwater creatures, including starfish, sharks, and perch and underwater plant life are a few of the things that can be seen at The Sealife Centre. The main thing that all kids are dying to see from stepping foot in the Sea Life Centre is the Titanic Adventure, which is a walk through three-dimensional transparent tunnel, viewing marine life on all sides.
No matter what age you are you will enjoy this, especially if you're older you got the benefit of all the pubs right outside the building. Surely its worth taking the kids around for a few hours, when the reward for you at the end is a ice cold pint over looking the canal?f*
The Bull Ring Markets is a great place to pick up a bargain! The Markets are located in the city centre and the scene for centuries of market trading. You can find bargains here every day except Sunday and Monday when it's closed. There are over a thousand stalls selling everything from food to crafts to plants and flowers. You will literally find anything in the markets, if not just pop into the Bull Ring Shopping Centre (see tips) they are sure both put together to complete your shopping lists! The massive market hall is where you'll find fresh fish, chicken and groceries.
Right next to these markets is the actual bull ring shopping centre which has jus been re-modernised
Lickey Hills is small area in the southwest of Birmingham, it's a combination of woods and marshes covers more than 500 acres. In the area you will be able to see a varied collection of wildlife, there is also a playground for young children, it can be a good day out with the right weather with the adults realxing and the children doing as children do.There is also a handicapped-accessible trail. There is always a visitor's center which gives useful information about the area if you feel you want to know more about Lickey Hills, like what they can offer in the area.
On site there is a sall Cafe, which I never used so I can't comment on prices/quality, but I've heard its just an average cafe, nothing to special.
Park Daily; Visitor Center Summer Daily 10am-7pm, Winter Daily 10am-4:30pm
Birmingham Science Museum is located a maximum 5 minute walk away from Birmingham City Centre. Inside the Think Tank has many interactive science exhibits, Planetarium and an Imax cinema as well as their impressive museum collection. The museum also has many major touring exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Birmingham Cathedral, which is smack bang in the middle of Birmingham City Centre was completed in 1725. The Church is in a restored churchyard, also the Cathedral contains four famous Pre-Raphaelite stained-glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
Opening hours: All year round.
Admission: Donations towards upkeep requested.
This nature centre is a great place for children. This small site also known as 'Cannon Hill Park' is home to over 130 species of animals in their natural habitats. The park also features native wildlife. The 6.5 acre park also houses a selection of farm animals it also is surrounded by woods as well as the fields within the 6.5 acres and is a great place to play football, rambling, small park for children.There is also an on-site café and visitors center.
At certain times in the year a fair comes down for roughly 1-2 weeks (i think) once a year. So if you are here at the right time of year (usually comes around Summer time when all the kids are off school) you will be able to catch the fair aswell.
Opening Hours: Apr-Oct Daily 10am-5pm; Nov-Mar Sun 10am-4pm
Sutton Park is actually just outside Birmingam, but the park itself is a National Nature Reserve with around 2,400 acres, of woodlands, fields and bogs. This makes it home to numerous amounts of wildlife and small birds. This park was a gift of Henry VIII and is Birmingham's largest.
Same as Lickey Hills there is a visitors centre here and a few restaurants and cafes in the area/areas surrounding the park.
Park Daily; Visitor Center Mar-Oct Daily 10am-5pm, Nov-Feb Daily 10am-4pm
Award-winning science museum containing ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and fantastic futuristic facts. Visitors can explore everything from aircraft and steam engines to intestines and taste buds - and even emotional robots! Thinktank encourages visitors to question how science and technology affects our daily life past and present, and learn how science and discovery will shape our future.
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Children (3 – 15): £8.40
Ackers is set roughly 2 miles out of Birmingham City Centre, and is home to Europes leading urban outdoor adventurous activity centres. At Ackers you can do skiing, snowboarding, archery, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and tobogganing, all set in around 60-70 acres of land.
I went with both children and the so called adults of the family and they all loved it, its a great day out for all the family of all of ages! I would highly recommend this place to anyone whos in Birmingham it will definatly not let you down!
31st October - 31st March
Mon - Fri 10:00-22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
1st April - 10th October
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
See website for prices for each activity, as the prices vary between activities
If you fancy going to the cinema, out of the cinemas I've been to, AMC at the Broadway Plaza is the best cinema I've been to. Its clean, massive comfortable seats, decent prices for tickets and they always have a wide range of films on show.
The Hall of Memory was built in the 1920's to remember the dead and injured Birmingham citizens of World War I. This beautiful and peaceful building is a fitting place to think about people who sacrificed their lives and health for the good of the country during such a terrible war. Following World War II other memorials were added. The outside of teh building has statues that represent the 3 services - Sea, Air and Land.
The Hall of Memory is not open all the time (10 - 4pm except Sundays) so if the door is open you should take the opportunity to step inside and look at the book of dead servicemen,whose names are recorded and each day a new page is shown. This building is a major part of the Remembrance Day events on Centenary Square and you can read see the memorials given by people that are kept in this hall.
Sarehole Mill was built in 1765 and at the time was one of about 50 watermills in Birmingham. Now only two remain.
JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit lived near Sarehole as a child and as such, a connection with the mill is strong. The rustic village of Sarehole is said to have been the inspiration for The Shire in Lord of the Rings.
I haven't been here for years although for about 3 years I drove past it every day on my way to where I used to work. With the recent LOTR films it seems inevitable that the place will attract more people and I hope to visit there again soon.
Free Admission. Open Easter to the end of October Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 4pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
An interesting website on the Tolkien Discovery Trail is virtualbrum
They always have a Tolkien weekend at Sarehole Mill every year which is a big affair. Not sure on dates but I'm sure an Internet search would help you.
I learned a few things about my own city on this website!
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