5 Must See Attractions In and Around Birmingham
Planning a trip to Birmingham? From bustling canal-side bars and Michelin starred restaurants to lively music venues and spectacular parks, Birmingham has it all. The city is brimming with world-class sights and landmarks. Below we’ve picked five of our favourites for you to explore.
1. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
A tour of the collections at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a must when you visit the city. Located in the city centre, BMAG contains over 40 galleries covering social history, ethnography, Pre-Raphaelite art – and plenty more. Highlights include the Ancient Egypt Gallery, which features artefacts from over 3000 years of Egyptian life, and the new Faith in Birmingham Gallery, which explores the many faiths that make up Birmingham’s rich and diverse community.
Top tip: Looking for somewhere to take the kids this half term? Pay a visit to the Mini Museum – you’ll find everything you need to keep under 5s entertained, including storybooks, games, and dressing up.
2. Winterbourne House and Garden Winterbourne House is set within seven acres of spellbinding botanic gardens and is home to over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Located only a short drive from the city centre, Winterbourne truly is a hidden gem and the site’s beauty is guaranteed to leave you awe-struck. The house itself dates back to 1904, when John Nettlefold and his wife commissioned Birmingham architect Joseph Lancaster Ball, who followed the style of the Arts and Craft movement, to design the house.
Top tip: Take a leisurely stroll to the 1930s Japanese Bridge and sandstone rock garden on the edge of the site – you won’t be disappointed.
3. Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall is renowned for its glorious 2262 capacity concert hall and superb acoustics. Opened in 1991, the venue quickly became recognised as one of the finest concert halls in the world. Want to catch a performance? Whether you’re a fan of classical music, comedy shows or jazz and blues music, you’re guaranteed to find a show that suits your tastes.
Top tip: Want to learn more about the history of the Symphony Hall? Tours are held throughout the year, giving visitors the opportunity to explore behind the scenes and learn all about the world-famous acoustics and design.
4. Jewellery Quarter
For a taste of the history of the city, head to the Jewellery Quarter. Only a short walk from the city centre, the area is home to more than 200 listed buildings and an array of independent cafes, bars and restaurants. Of course, the area is also the place to find high quality handcrafted jewellery and contemporary designers.
Top tip: Whether you’re a fan or jewellery or not, you’re sure to enjoy a tour of the iconic Museum of the Jewellery Quarter where you can learn more about the history and practices of the historic Jewellery Quarter. The live demonstrations are not to be missed!
5. Birmingham Back to Backs
The Birmingham Back to Backs is a historically significant landmark located in the city centre and managed by the National Trust. The 19th century courtyard of ‘ordinary people’s’ houses is an incredibly well-preserved slice of local history. Tours offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of the people who lived in the properties between the 1840s and 1970s.
Top tip: If you would like to tour the site, visiting is by guided tour only. Be sure to book your ticket well in advance to avoid disappointment. The site is especially busy during school holidays.