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Things to do in Birmingham

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“A 12 minute train ride will take you straight to Birmingham New Street, where you can shop until you drop at Birmingham Bull Ring, enjoy a sip or two at the Colmore Row bars or dine in the newly constructed Grand Central! ”
  • 73 locals recommend
History Museum
“Some great art here - classic , contemporary , crafts and Burne Jones masterpieces - great Edwardian tea room too - free. In City Centre ( 35 Bus by house or taxi Uber £6)”
  • 45 locals recommend
Aquarium
“This place never fails to amaze. Located in the centre of Birmingham on the canal, it's appeal continues to endure. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Cadbury World is a tourist attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury Company which created the world famous Cadbury chocolate brand. It's what "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" film and novel are based on. Cadbury World is an adventure into the world of chocolate. From humble beginnings in a shop in Birmingham the Cadbury brothers created a chocolate empire that has factories around the world. The Cadbury factory at Bournville has a visitor centre that is dedicated to the history of chocolate. Both educational and excitingly portrayed, the visitor 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. How has chocolate changed over the years, and what made Cadbury's so successful. There is also an excellent factory shop where visitors can purchase a wide range of Cadbury products at factory prices. A restaurant/cafeteria can be found on site and there is a play area for children. Special features include a 3D video story and an interactive theatre which deals not only with chocolate, its manufacture and its advertising but also provides an insight into the Cadbury ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Convention Center
“The NEC has a variety of exhibitions, they vary from career related fares to The Good Food Show. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Library
“The library is not only a good representation of incredible architecture but a huge example of the beauty and development the city has to offer. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Entertainment
“When first built reckoned to be the best acoustic space for live music performance in the world and still fantastic!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Music Venue
“National venue for the music and arts. Have a look at what's on for the weekend.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Amazing place to go for a walk by canal. Enjoy cocktails and city view on top floor from "Marco Pierre White"”
  • 30 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Night clubs, bars, pubs, entertainment, food in the heart of Birmingham you will find plenty of evening events”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Fantastic bars and restaurants Shopping, Concerts at Resorts arena Walking distance to the N. E. C for exhibitions and events and The Bear Grylls Adventure”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“UK's largest city centre based shopping centre. An important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Connected to Grand Central Station making it easy to access without having to go outdoors.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“Iconic factory tour with chocolate included. One of a kind and well worth a visit. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“A park with good walks and cycling, river walks and lake, the Midlands Art Centre with theatre, cafe, cinema, art gallery and small zoo (West Midlands Conservation Park and Zoo). Visit the Warwickshire Cricket Ground (International cricket stadium) opposite and the cricket stadium shop. Book inadvance and see a cricket match. Spend two days there. Open all year. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Transportation
“Birmingham New Street is the largest and busiest of the three main railway stations in the Birmingham City Centre, England. It is a central hub of the British railway system.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“historical town with museum, restaurants, pub etc. its a little 💎 for Jewellery lovers 😁”
  • 26 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“Stunning views in open setting on top of iconic John Rocha designed "Cube" building in Birmingham, a must go-to for drinks food, hanging out”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Whether it's the playful banter of bright young things over hot samosas and cold beer, or the contagious happiness of intrepid foodies, Lasan has a vibe that's difficult to resist...the atmosphere pulsates with laughter and fun, witnessing milestone celebrations, grand plans and some truly beautiful love stories.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pub
“Massive old Birmingham classic, old man pub collides with Friday night hedonists. Massive covered beer garden at the back to explore with cocktail bar, wine bar and often some street food.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“A fabulous cafe in the day and the most intimate acoustic music venue by night! I cannot recommend this place highly enough. However, you'll need to drive there as it is the other side of the city centre. Check out their website to see who's on. Tickets are very reasonable - usually about 12 pounds - and they have some fantastic acts. kitchengardencafe.co.uk THE KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE IS A TRANQUIL OASIS IN THE HEART OF KINGS HEATH By day our Cafe serves delicious home-cooked food, Fairly Traded coffee & tea and homemade cakes & pastries. All with a nod to local and ethical sourcing. We cater for Vegetarians, Vegans and dietary issues, just ask if you need anything not catered for on our menus. We also have a Delicatessan serving our own home-cooked food daily. EVENTS On Sunday to Thursday evenings we host the best acoustic music in the City, specialising in Folk, Roots and Americana. Check out the events page for our programme. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Michelin-starred restaurant open for lunch and dinner with an emphasis on seasonal, British ingredients.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Upscale choice for acclaimed modern British tasting menus, in a chic, contemporary dining room.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fumo was launched in June 2012 and is part of the award-winning San Carlo Group which operates outstandingly successful, modern Italian restaurants throughout the UK. They include venues in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the legendary Signor Sassi opposite Harrods in London's fashionable Knightsbridge Green - now in its 28th year. San Carlo also has a portfolio of stunning Signor Sassi restaurants in capital cities across the world which currently include Kuwait, Beirut and Bangkok. The independent, family-owned business was founded in Birmingham in 1984 by Carlo Distefano and is recognised for its superb freshly prepared regional food, impeccable service and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Each week the best quality ingredients are bought from the markets in Milan to ensure Carlo's high standards, passion and insistence to "never compromise on quality" are maintained. San Carlo Group restaurants epitomise all that is best in genuine Italian hospitality. Traditionally Italian. Fumo Birmingham is the latest concept in a chic cocktail bar, restaurant and late lounge from the award-winning San Carlo Group of independent Italian restaurants. Situated in the smart banking district, Fumo serves expertly crafted Cicchetti dishes and an unrivalled cocktail menu. Join us at the grand, feature bar or take a table and enjoy a relaxed yet atmospheric, stylish dining experience seven days a week.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Smart, airy gastropub with velour banquettes and outside decked area, serving seasonal British menu.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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