Top Things To Do In Birmingham

Here, for your delectation, we have chosen the top ten things to do in Birmingham, listed in reverse order…

10. The National Motorcycle Museum. You don't have to be a motorcycle nut to enjoy this the world's largest collection of British motorbikes. (Although it would help.) Be one of the quarter of a million annual visitors to be wowed by this reminder of our country's industry and genius for engineering and design.

9. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Take all the time you want to browse the work of some of the greatest artists in the history of human creativity, for free, including Monet, Magritte, Renoir, Rubens, Degas, Turner, Gauguin and Van Gogh, to name but a few. There's also an astonishing coin gallery and an exciting and ever-changing programme of concerts, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and other exciting family activities

8. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Constructed around a brilliantly preserved jewellery workshop that stopped trading in 1981, this remarkable museum offers a glimpse of what working life was like in the city's famous Jewellery Quarter. Guided tours allow you to explore this extraordinary snapshot of a time gone by.

7. Coffin Works. Another historic factory from the Jewellery Quarter brought back to life. Enjoy free exhibitions as you're transported back in time to the factory's heyday. And of course, have a good browse around the Jewellery Quarter itself and treat yourself to a bit of bling.

6. Winterbourne House and Garden. A unique and extraordinary heritage attraction, Winterbourne sits within 7 acres of breathtaking botanical gardens only minutes from the centre of Birmingham. Home to more than 6,000 plant species from all around the world, you can easily spend the whole day getting lost in and around this quintessentially English Edwardian home.

5. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This Grade II listed landmark building opened its doors in 1885 and has more than 40 galleries of art, archaeology, social history and ethnography. An absolute must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in human culture.

4. Library of Birmingham. An amazing collection of rare tomes and photography that includes the country's largest collection of books. With over 30,000 square metres to explore, this major cultural destination is an unmissable experience for book-lovers and culture-buffs.

3. Birmingham Hippodrome. An independent, not-for-profit charity that hosts an average of half a million visitors every year, making it the country's most popular single auditorium. With an incredibly eclectic programme of events, the Hippodrome really does have something for everyone.

2. Symphony Hall. Featuring the world's best performers in classical music, as well as rock and pop and award-winning comedians, Symphony Hall has no shortage of events to entertain, inspire and move you.

1. Birmingham Back to Backs. In the heart of the city, 52 and 54 Inge Street represent Birmingham's last surviving back-to-back houses, where you are welcome to stay, becoming a part of urban history in this truly inspiring National Trust Holiday experience.

If you're more the outdoorsy type and you'd prefer one of the city's excellent and varied, multi-themed tours – which you can take by foot, by bus, by canal boat or private car, then there's plenty to choose from. From ghost tours, leisurely cruises on Birmingham's canals to Peaky Blinders tours, you're sure to find something to keep you entertained.


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