West Midlands Things to Do

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West Midlands Things to Do

  • Cadbury World

    4 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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  • Coventry Cathedral- St Michael Ruins

    Coventry Things to Do

    One of the famous landmarks in the centre of Coventry is the old Cathedral. It was destroyed during an infamous air raid on 14 November 1940 leaving just the shell, the tower and spire. At one end is on an altar is the Coventry Cross of nails as a symbol of forgiveness and reconciliation. At the opposite end is the spire and information centre. The...

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  • Bullring

    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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  • Coventry Cathedral

    Coventry Things to Do

    Coventry's new St Michael's cathedral, adjoining the ruins of the old and completed in 1962, is a very impressive piece of modern architecture. I don't like modern architecture much, but I appreciated the skill, craftsmanship and ...yes...love which went into creating a suitable replacement for Coventry's spiritual heart. The architect was Sir...

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  • Canals

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Seeing Britain from a canal boat offers a unique view of English vistas tied resolutely to their historical past, whilst providing both accommodation and transport at the wonderfully slow five kilometres an hour. We started our family holiday in the UK with 10-days around the Birmingham canals in a deliberate attempt to curb that initial rush at...

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  • Holy Trinity Church

    Coventry Things to Do

    Holy Trinity church is a few minutes' walk from the cathedrals and is well worth a visit. It's an ancient church, with its North Porch dating from the mid-1200s (and there was a church on the site long before that). The building has been changed and extended over the centuries, obviously, but includes some interesting bits & pieces: * A 'Doom...

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  • Victoria Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The Town Hall was designed by Joseph Aloyisus Hansom, based on the Roman Temple of Castor and Pollux, and opened in 1834. It originally served as a democratic meeting point and local Government meeting point until the opening of the Council House later on in the 19th Century. Since then it became an entertainment centre which hosted a variety of...

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  • Bayley Lane

    Coventry Things to Do

    'The Cottage' at 22 Bayley lane was built about 1500 and is the only remining example of numerous timber framed housed which stood in this area. It is notable for its' original carved and traceried woodwork. Chimneys were added in the 17th Century and the shop window is early 19 Century.

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  • Museum & Art Gallery

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Familiarly known as BMAG, the 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...

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  • Coventry Transport Museum

    Coventry Things to Do

    I decided to try a visit to the Transport Museum in Coventry. I was a bit disappointed but it was probably my fault for choosing a period when the museum is undergoing a huge renovation program and I would guest that half of the exhibits were not on display. I will have to revisit at a later date when the renovation is complete. The museum has on...

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  • West Midland Safari Park - Daytrip

    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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  • Stratford-upon-Avon - Daytrip

    Coventry Things to Do

    Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, for a visit to the theatre, Shakespeare's birthplace, Ann Hathaway's cottage, Mary Arden's house, etc, etc, etc. Well, Shakespeare was born there, and retired there, which makes it fairly important! It is also a pleasing little town - though prone to tourists in high numbers - but go and you'll see why. It's great in 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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  • St Mary's Guildhall

    Coventry Things to Do

    St Mary's Hall is a fantastic looking red sandstone building. It was built between 1340-1416. The South wall is thought to include parts of a 12th Century castle. The building was originall the guild hall and chambers for the merchants Guilds of St Mary and holy trinity founded 1340 and 1364. It became the first seat of local Government in the...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    As a resident of Birmingham I signed up to a 1 year family membership with the Botanic Gardens to take my kids. A few weeks passed and I heard friends talking about how they received parking fines in the post from Botanical gardens despite free parking for members. Having now received a parking fine myself despite inputting my car registration...

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  • Lady Godiva Statue

    Coventry Things to Do

    According to the popular story, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband's oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and...

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  • Chamberlain Square

    3.5 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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  • Spon Street - Conservation Area

    Coventry Things to Do

    In Medieval Spon Street you will find a high concentration of Tudor aged buildings. Many are not original to the street and have been rebuilt there after being saved from demolition in other streets and a preservation order is in place to ensure their survival. Spon street also has many lovely looking bars and resturants... I had my eye on a...

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  • Jewellery Quarter

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The Findings Trail is a series of 26 markers set into the pavement each indictaing a bit of information about the history of the Jewellery Quarter. The markers are square stones about 12-15inches square each with a letter of the alphabet inside a footprint shape and a small cast model relevant to the point being denoted. The trail runs all the...

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  • War Memorial

    Coventry Things to Do

    War Memorial The Coventry War Memorial is the most prominent construction in the Memorial Park and stands 90 feet (27 m), built in 1927 it was designed by local architect T. F. Tickner and £5,000 was raised from a public appeal that commenced in 1924 to fund the building work. The memorial is made of Portland stone to an Art Deco design and...

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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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  • Priory Row

    Coventry Things to Do

    Priory Row contains some fine Georgian houses which sit behind an elaborate set of iron railings. The front of the house in the main picture is now sadly the only original part remaining of the 18th century building after a direct hit during World War Two. However, the rest of the house has been restored sympathetically. It was first built between...

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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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  • Midland Air Museum

    Coventry Things to Do

    The Midland Air Museum is an aeronautical collection started in 1967 by a small group of local aircraft enthusiasts and now consists of approximately sixty aircraft. The museum also includes the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre (named after the local aviation pioneer and inventor of the jet engine, who also attended the same school as yours...

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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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  • Whittle Arch

    Coventry Things to Do

    Paying tribute to the inventor of the jet engine Sir Frank Whittle who was born in Coventry this Magnificent arch is formed from two aerofoil sections covered with perforated stainless steel sheeting, its internally lit so looks spectacular at night

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  • Architecture

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The BT Tower is the tallest structure in Birmingham. Found in Lionel Street, the 26-story building is a telecommunications tower, as well as providing valuable office space. The tower was completed in 1966 and has been part of the Birmingham skyline ever since, rising 152 metres above the city.

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  • Kenilworth - Daytrip

    Coventry Things to Do

    A strange mix of old and new - there is an ancient ruined castle here, along with some old cottages, shops and pubs in a street near the castle. The town centre of Kenilworth itself is much more modern, at first glance having not much to offer, but the shops are actually very nice, as are some of the pubs and restaurants. Worth a couple of hours,...

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  • Brindleyplace

    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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  • Millennium Bridge - Glass Bridge

    Coventry Things to Do

    To me this spectacular piece of engineering reflects Coventry’s engineering heritage, its formed from a tubular spine with radiating coloured glass fins, it starts in millennium place and curves round over Lady Herbert’s gardens and the old city walls

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  • Star City

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Star City is an shopping, entertainment and restaurant complex located just off the M6 at Birmingham. It has the UK's largest Casino and Cinema,a 22 lane Megabowl and over 10 restaurants and bars offering food from around the world. It has excellent facillities and over 3,000 free parking spaces.

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  • Canal Basin

    Coventry Things to Do

    The Canal Basin is a lovely waterside area of gift shops, cafe's and commercial dwellings. It is a lovely place to take a stroll around or you can take a longer walk up the towpath and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife before you.

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  • King's Norton - Daytrip

    Birmingham Things to Do

    There has been a church on the site since the 11th century (it is unclear whether there was an earlier Anglo-Saxon church), although what is see today is primarily 15th century (spire), 17th century (southside) and 19th century (particularly the interior). Until the 1846, St Nicolas had been a chapel, part of the 'mother church' in Bromsgrove. In...

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  • Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

    Coventry Things to Do

    The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is named after Sir Alfred Herbert, a local industrialist who founded Alfred Herbert Limited, at one time the world's largest machine toolmaking company. In 1938, Sir Alfred donated £100,000 to the City of Coventry to pay for the construction of an Art Gallery and Museum. Building work started in 1939 on a site on...

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  • National Motorcycle Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Out near Birmingham Airport where the A46 crosses the M42 motorway is the National Motorcycle Museum. The museum is dedicated to British motorcycles (and a few cars made by motorcycle companies). Once Britain led the world in motorcycle production (BSA, Norton, Triumph, AJS, Matchless, Royal Enfield, the list is seemingly endless and all have sadly...

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  • Golden Cross Pub

    Coventry Things to Do

    The Golden Cross is one of the oldest pubs in Coventry, it was built around 1583 and is one of the oldest surviving medieval timber framed buildings in Coventry. Nowadays the pub hosts regular gigs featuring the best local bands from Coventry & Warwickshire.

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  • Shakespeare Express Steam Train

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    A great day out! Why not take a traditional steam train to one of the many locations around the country. It's a great day out, you get to travel in style, enjoy amazing food on a great traditional steam train and visit great cities around the country. I recently took a train from Birmingham to York to visit the Xmas market and the highlight of...

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  • Council House

    Coventry Things to Do

    Built in the early 20th century to a Tudor designs, building started in 1913 but due to the First World War wasn’t completed until 1917 Above the central main doorway is a carved and painted coat of arms, but the three large statues Leofric, Godiva and Justice overshadow this. Another interesting feature is the Clock, which was designed by Edward...

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  • New Street

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Although named New Street, there is documented evidence of this modern day thoroughfare dating back to 1398, making it one of the cities oldest streets! During the 18th and 19th Centuries, this became one of the cities most important streets, being nick- named The Bond Street of Birmingham, due to its impressive buildings and shops. Today, it is...

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  • Reconciliation Statue - Coventry...

    Coventry Things to Do

    In 1995 after 50 years of Second World War, this sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos has been given by Sir Richard Branson as a token of reconciliation to the people of Coventry. Same sculpture was given by the people of Coventry to Japanese people and it has been placed in Peace garden Hiroshima Japan. Both sculptures remind us the devastating...

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  • Council House

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Birmingham's Council House was designed by Yeoville Thomason and was built in 1879. The Grade II listed classical building is used today to house Council offices including the Council Chamber, Lord Mayor's Suite, Committee Rooms and holds civic events in its banqueting suite. There is an exterior balcony used for addressing crowds assembled down in...

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  • University

    Coventry Things to Do

    It is five minutes away from main bus station, Pool Meadow. University has been providing high standard of education for last one hundred and fifty years. There are many Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses available for students. It seemed to me that half of the city was part of Coventry University as the campus is very wide spread and centrally...

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  • Dudley Zoo & Castle - Daytrip

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Dudley Castle was founded in 1071, and underwent many changes over the following centuries. In 1530 it was rebuilt as a Renaissance palace, by John Dudley, During the Civil War the Castle was a Royalist stronghold, but surrendered in 1645 following the capture of Charles I. The living accommodation was used by the Earls of Dudley until 1750 when it...

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  • Ecce Homo Sculpture

    Coventry Things to Do

    Ecce Homo A sculpture depicting Christ before Pilate in the grounds of the old cathedral. The sculpture, called Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) is by Jacob Epstein and dates from 1934-35. Ecce Homo is in the middle of the cathedral and when you are in there you can’t miss it.

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  • St Philip's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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