West Midlands Things to Do

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West Midlands Things to Do

  • Cadbury World

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Discover the history of chocolate and see it being made. The Cadbury factory at Bournville has a visitor centre that is dedicated to the history of chocolate. Visitors can learn about how cocoa beans are grown, how they came to be imported to Europe and made into the chocolate that we know today. There is also a factory shop where visitors can...

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  • Victoria Square

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Victoria Square, formerly known as Council House Square, is considered Birmingham's central focal point and also this where the city's Town Hall and Council House are situated. The square was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria in 1901, with its statue, just days before her death. The square is where the city's main roads me and is links the...

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  • Bull Ring

    Birmingham Things to Do

    I always go to Birmingham to shop. With four large shopping centres in the city centre, you really are spoilt for choice. Also the main streets in the city centre are full of shops and pubs too. You really can shop until you drop! My usual first port of call is the Bullring centre. This is one of my favourites as it was recently built in 2003 and...

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  • Canals

    Birmingham Things to Do

    It is claimed that Birmingham has more canals than Venice! Birmingham canal was the first one built by James Brindley and his team between 1768 to 1772. The canal travels through the West Midlands and meets the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal near Wolverhampton. Another canal, the Birmingham Fazeley Canal, built in 1784, meets the canal,...

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  • Centenary Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Centenary Square was named in 1989 for the centenary celebrations when Birmingham became city in 1889. Tess Jarray redesigned the square artistically with its paving, railings and lamps. 'The Flame of Hope' was originally erected between Baskerville House and Birmingham Rep Theatre but due to funding issues it was dismantled. At present the new...

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  • Jewellery Quarter

    Birmingham Things to Do

    This attraction can be found within the centre of the Birmingham. Its a small area full of jewellers, where you can find practically any kind of jewellery you could think of. It can (at times) be cheaper to buy your jewellery from here than at retail jewellery shops. This is a great day out if your one of those that love the sparkle of jewels and...

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  • Museum & Art Gallery

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a large Victorian building that opened in 1885 and has the world's largest Pre-Raphaelite collection along with other paintings, silverware, sculpture, metal-wares, glass, ceramics, and wooden objects, ethnographical and archaeological collections. The museum is now also home to the Staffordshire Hoard, the...

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  • National Sealife Centre

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Overlooking the Birmingham's canal network the National Sea Life Centre takes visitors on an undersea voyage with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life, creating a wonderland for visitors of all ages. The attraction boasts an enormous one million litre ocean tank housing giant green sea turtles, black tip reef sharks and tropical reef...

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  • Chamberlain Square

    3 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Chamberlain Square is a public square which goes back to 1886. The square is name after Joseph Chamberlain, a local manufacturer and politician, and a former city major who played a big role in the city's social reforms. The square's main features include the Central Library (due to be relocated at Centenary Square at the end of 2013), Birmingham...

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  • West Midland Safari Park

    Birmingham Things to Do

    basically i am writing this as they haven't had the decency to contact me regarding the written complaint i put in at the end of the visit. i can only assume that the people who rate this place highly have never been to a safari park before. there are so many gates to get through which are totally unnecessary as the animals are kept in cages or...

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  • Star City

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Star City is a fairly new complex that was only opened in summer 2000. It has a forty-screen VUE Cinema which at the time of being built was the largest cinema in Europe. There is also a bowlong alley and arcade, which around Summer time and especially weekends can be very busy, so you may have to wait to get your alley.StarCity is also packed with...

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  • National Exhibition Centre - NEC

    4 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    It's the world's biggest dog show which takes place at the National Exhibition Center next to the Birmingham Airport each year in early March. Even if you only have a pet canine you won't want to miss the SHOPPING!!! Six huge exhibit halls packed with anything, everything and more that you could possibly purchase for your favorite pooch. Of course...

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  • Brindley Place

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The area was heart of Birmingham Industrial past until the 1970s when the its activity went in decline. The area with its building laid derelict for at least a decade until developers expressed an interest in regenerating the area. Work to regenerate the area began in 1993 and now has become a landmark consisting of Brunswick, Central and Oozells...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The Birmingham Botanical Gardens has four glasshouses and 15 acres of ornamental gardens and were opened in 1832. They were designed by JC Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher. Apart from the glasshouses, which were added during the latter half of the 19th century, the layout of the gardens is much the same today...

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  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Built around the preserved workshops and offices of the family-run jewellery firm of Smith and Pepper, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter offers an insight into Birmingham’s historic jewellery trade. When the factory closed in 1981 its entire contents were left exactly as they had been on the last day of production - right down to the workers'...

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  • Black Country Living Museum

    Birmingham Things to Do

    As great as the Black Country Museum is, I would just like to say that the Black Country museum IS NOT in Birmingham, it is in Dudley which is a totally different town. There is a misconception that Birmingham and the Black Country are the same place, how can they be the same when the people in those areas don't even speak with the same accent?

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  • Cathedrals & Churches

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Birmingham Cathedral is dedicated to St Philip and has been a place of worship since the early 18th Century. Thomas Archer designed the church and became the new parish church in then an affluent part of the city. This beautiful Cathedral is known for its Baroque design and its famous stained glass windows featuring the main faith's themes, were...

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  • Sport

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Hall Green dogtrack, racing on Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays. Excellent restaurant (for the money) where they have really good service and a man who comes and takes your bets. The restaurant works out at about £15 per head.

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  • Selly Manor

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Two of the oldest houses in Birmingham, Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves were moved from their original locations by George Cadbury in 1907 as a centre piece to Bournville Village. Selly Manor itself is dated from approximately 1327 and was originally located approximately 1 mile from its current site. It is believed to have been built by the...

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  • St Philip's Cathedral

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Designed in a Baroque style by Thomas Archer, St Philip's Church was consecrated in 1715. It became the cities cathedral in 1905. I didn't have chance to look inside due to a service taking place. I did enjoy sitting in the sun in the cathedral grounds though.

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  • Blakesley Hall

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Blakesley Hall is an Elizabethan farmhouse within the city of Birmingham, it is one of the few black and white timber-framed buildings left standing in the city and was built in 1590 for Richard Smalbroke junior, who wanted to reflect his growing prosperity with a new and comfortable home. The Hall now belongs to the City of Birmingham Museum and...

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  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The Barber Institute has managed to build up a small but excellent collection of paintings and sculptures. It has specialised in pre-twentieth century works so don't expect anything really modern. I was surprised by the number of small scale works by international masters. Turner, Gaugan, Matisse and a surprising number of drawings which were later...

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  • Dudley

    Dudley was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Dudelei with the history of the town dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. Today the town has rather suffered through high unemployment along with the popularity of the nearby Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Must see sights/attractions include: Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle, the Black Country Living Museum and the...

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  • Birmingham

    Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city, it is a diverse and dynamic city, with its fascinating history and world-class cultural scene, combined with superb shopping, major international events and exhibitions and great nightlife. Birmingham's Chinatown boasts a wide range of restaurants and interesting specialist supermarkets, and for Asian...

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  • Coventry

    Coventry previously in Warwickshire and now part of the West Midlands is the largest City in the Warwickshire area. The city developed as the centre of the British Motor Industry and as such has suffered more than most places with the decline of manufacturing.Coventry was the target of large scale bombing during the Second World War where much of...

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  • Solihull

    The name Solihull derives from Anglo-Saxon and means muddy or soiley hill. Prior to this there is evidence of Roman activity in the surrounding areas. Today Solihull is known locally for its shopping.June 2011

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