West Midlands Things to Do

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West Midlands Things to Do

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hall of Memory

    Birmingham Things to Do

    This war memorial is know as the City's Hall of Memory. The hall was erected just after World War I to commemorate the 12, 320 residents who died in during the war. Prince Arthur of Connaught opened the hall in 1925 and since then memorials of the Word War II and of wars abroad have been added to the Hall of Memory

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  • St Martin in the Bull Ring

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    There has been a church on the site since 1166, when the first was established by Peter de Bermingham - this is the place where Birmingham began. Although no records exist from that time, it is belived a simple place of worship was likely to be situated. However, the first records noting a church date to around 1290. That church was built by...

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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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  • Selly Manor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bus Tours

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Yes, its' a beautiful ad with a catchy Beach boys tune, and their chocolate is delicious so going to the SOURCE of the industry that brings us pleasure is "Cadbury World". Your visit will be enriched if you walk around the model village of Bournville which George Cadbury made possible over 100years ago. The timber-framed shops and village Green...

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  • Mailbox

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The Mailbox falls into 2 categories - designer shopping and designer nightlife. In reality, yes, there are many designer shops. They have Armani, Hugo Boss, Harvey Nichols, Jaeger, Bang & Olufsen, to name a few. The nightlife... many are chains. They have HaHa, BarRoomBar, Zizzi, Pizza Express, Strada, Red Peppers, Bar Estilo, Cafe Rouge and a...

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  • Barber Institute of Fine Arts

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Symphony Hall

    5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    It's quite a piece of engineering, Birmingham's Symphony Hall. The can alter the height of the roof to change the acoustics depending on what is being done in there. Furthermore, is is constructed on a floating base with acoustic curtains and a reverberation chamber. The effect is breathtaking sound. They have all sorts of music here, from Rock...

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  • St Laurence Church

    Birmingham Things to Do

    A Grade I listed building is indicative of the historic important of St Laurence. Of Norman origin (11th century) but it is likely that there was a church on the site long before. The church contains some of the finest Early English church work in the country (hence its listing status), with the north doorway dating from approximately 1170. It is...

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  • Sculptures & Statues

    Birmingham Things to Do

    This is William Boyle's statue of Boulton, Murdock which the work was started in 1938 and erected in this location in 1956. Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), James Watt (1736-1819) and William Murdock (1754-1839) were Birmingham famous men during the 18th and 19th Century. Please check out the traveloge I've done on Matthew Boulton.

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  • Sarehole Mill & Moseley Bog

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Birmingham Things to Do

    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...

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  • Floozy in the Jacuzzi - River Goddess...

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Statue – River Goddess Fountain Known locally as the Floozy in the Jacuzzi, the massive water feature was designed by renowned sculptor Dhruva Mistry and installed in 1993 when Victoria Square was pedestrianised and remodelled. April 2011

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  • Cricket

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The local venue for Test Match Cricket and One Day Internationals. Catch a day/nighter if you can. I sometimes head down here after work... it beats sitting in the pub (if the weather is nice that is!)

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  • Blakesley Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Drayton Manor Theme Park - Daytrip

    Birmingham Things to Do

    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...

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  • Ikon Gallery

    Birmingham Things to Do

    One of Birmingham's contemporary culture flagships, the Ikon Gallery is an internationally renowned contemporary art gallery and visual/multi media educational centre. And the development of Brindley Place has certainly brought in new audiences to this converted Victorian school. Ikon itself has been in existence for 40 years - it started off in a...

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  • University

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The University of Birmingham is classified as a red brick university, which means that it was established a very very long time ago!! The University has many departmental buildings, as well as many eateries and restaurants, all at low, student prices!! The sports facilities are fantastic and open to the public! The main sports hall is called the...

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  • Old Joint Stock Theatre & Pub

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Built in 1864, this grade two listed building is situated opposite the cathedral. On entering through the huge front doors you are greeted by a magnificent room of restored Victorian splendour. Above the central bar is a glass domed ceiling. It became a 'Fuller' pub in 1997 and serves a selection of ales & pub food. I enjoyed one of its famous...

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  • Sutton Park - Daytrip

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Sutton Park is the largest urban park in Europe & is situated just 7 miles (11 km) from the centre of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. The park is some 2,400 acres (970 hectares) in area. There are seven pools, with associated streams and wetland areas.The park is now closed to through traffic, although there are entrances for vehicles...

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  • Go Karting

    Birmingham Things to Do

    TeamSport, Europe’s largest and most successful indoor go karting operator has recently opened the longest, fastest indoor karting track in the West Midlands. With a full upgrade and revamp to offer state-of-the-art karting for thrill seekers of all ages. Located just off the M5 at Oldbury, the new-look karting centre is slap bang in the heart of...

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  • Erasmus Darwin House - Daytrip

    Birmingham Things to Do

    it is few miles away from city in Lichfield. The name of Erasmus Darwin is not as famous as that of his grandson, Charles. But Erasmus had his own theories of evolution and was friends with such great men as Boulton and Watt, whose statues stand in Broad Street in Birmingham city centre.

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  • Coventry Transport Museum - Daytrip

    Birmingham Things to Do

    Coventry is but a short distance from Birmingham and has this museum, which is the largest devoted to British-made motor vehicles. Here, you can see nearly 200 cars, 75 motorcycles and 200 cycles, including some once-famous names that are now no more. There are also Edwardian vehicles as used by royalty of the time and there is a display of model...

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  • Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm -...

    Birmingham Things to Do

    The Stratford on Avon Butterfly Farm is the largest in Europe, and lies just a half hours drive (or less) from Birmingham. It is home to many different species, including tropical ones. This makes it particularly attractive in winter - the chance to wander through a tropical rainforest and watch beautiful butterflies in January is too good to miss.

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