Birmingham Travel Guide

Introduction to Birmingham

Birmingham, the UK's second city has a rich arts and industrial heritage which is now celebrated throughout the many attractions in the city. Historically, Birmingham’s canals were the city’s lifeblood with more canals in Birmingham than in Venice. Now, these canals are a hive of activity with cafes, restaurants, canalside walks, and boat trips exploring the canal network. Having been transformed from its industrial heyday, Birmingham is now a cosmopolitan city break destination with the Bullring shopping centre, Jewellery Quarter, Cadbury World and the Balti Triangle attracting visitors from far and wide.

Cadbury World - Birmingham

Cadbury World

Discover the history of Cadbury and the chocolate making process - enjoy samples and visit the world's largest Cadbury shop.

Jewellery Shop

Jewellery Quarter

Rich in history this conservation area has over 200 listed buildings, 100 jewellery shops, a Georgian Square and museums.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The world's biggest collection of pre-Raphaelite pieces of art alongside jewellery and pieces covering the history of Birmingham.

Other things to do in Birmingham

Birmingham offers lots of speciality museums which provide a look into the industrial past of the city. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is based in a real jewellery factory; it shows how jewellery is made with opportunities to get involved with fun workshops and continuing with the jewellery theme there's the J.W. Evans Silver Factory nearby which offers a limited number of tours. There's also the Pen Museum, The Coffin Works and Sarehole Mill.

Birmingham is packed with arts and cultural venues – the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is one of the city's arts hubs with regular exhibitions and arts events supporting their permanent collections of art. For contemporary art there's the Ikon Gallery and for fine arts head to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The Birmingham Hippodrome hosts an exciting variety of theatre performances and is home to one of the UK's main ballet companies – Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Kids can be easily entertained with a great choice of things to do in Birmingham for all ages, these include Cadbury World, the ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum, the Wonderful World of Trains and Planes, National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and Drayton Manor Theme Park to the north of the city centre.

Eating and drinking in Birmingham

Birmingham's cafes and restaurant cater for a wide variety of tastes but as the "Curry Capital of the UK" and home to the famous 'Balti Triangle' Indian food is where it excels. There's over 100 restaurants in the Balti Triangle serving a wide variety of curries.

If you want to do something a little different you can dine on a boat on the Birmingham canal, or head to the Glee Club and have soul food with a comedy show. For the best of Birmingham’s clubs, pubs and bars, head to Broad Street for a lively night out. Digbeth has both a large Irish community and a large choice of Irish pubs to choose from, while St. Paul's Square in the Jewellery Quarter is the place to feast on fine food and wine in a choice of up-market restaurants. 

Birmingham climate

Birmingham's temperate maritime climate is typical of that of a UK city, summers are warm with average highs of 20°c and winters are cold with lows of 2°c. Rainfall should be expected throughout the year with on average 19 rainy days each month.

When to go to Birmingham

Birmingham can be visited all year around with indoor attractions suitable for the cooler months, and plenty of outdoor activities, festivals and events during the summer months. July, which is the hottest month has a number of events such as the Birmingham Caribbean Festival (bi-annually), and the Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival. November and December light up for Christmas with the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair and the Birmingham Tattoo at the National Indoor Arena.

Flying to Birmingham

Flights to Birmingham arrive at Birmingham Airport, 7 miles east of Birmingham city centre. Onward travel options to Birmingham include car hire, taxi and the train to Birmingham New Street Station which takes approximately 10 minutes with departures every 10 minutes.

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