Birmingham is a vibrant city and always busy at the weekend, therefore whichever of the following suggestions you go for, you'd be very well-advised to book ahead to be sure of avoiding disappointment.
- The National Motorcycle Museum. 250,000 people a year visit this the largest collection of British motorbikes in the whole world.
- The Bullring and Grand Central shopping centres. One of Britain's most popular shopping and leisure precincts, the Bullring is a miracle of modern architecture that has been an important trading station since the Middle Ages.
- The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. While away the weekend in the company of the best artists ever to have lifted a paintbrush – Monet, Manet, Renoir, Dali, Degas, Gauguin, Gainsborough and Van Gogh, and many many more.
- Tours. Birmingham has some of the country's best, most immersive and entertaining tours, including walking tours, coach tours and canal tours. There are ghost and murder tours for those who like their history a little darker. There are Tolkein tours, brewery tours, Peaky Blinders tours and more.
- The Jewellery Quarter. Free exhibitions and the chance to be transported back in history to see what life and work was really like in the city's famous Jewellery Quarter.
- Winterbourne House and Garden. Located in seven acres of awe-inspiring botanical gardens only minutes from the city centre, Winterbourne features over 6,000 species of plant and is a wholly immersive and essentially Edwardian experience.
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. A Grade II listed landmark with over 40 galleries of art, archaeology and social history, this is an unmissable treat for the culture-vultures amongst you.
- Library of Birmingham. Over 30,000 square metres of rare books, photography and archives, encompassing the largest collection of books in the whole of the United Kingdom.
- Birmingham Hippodrome. Join the 500,000 annual visitors to one of the best and most exciting experiences in the country, featuring the greatest living artists in music and theatre.
- Symphony Hall. For the best in classical music, not to mention rock, pop and award-winning comedy.
- Birmingham Back to Backs. Enjoy an inspiring and moving holiday experience in Birmingham's last surviving back-to-back houses, lovingly restored by the National Trust.
Then there's The Golden Mile, the National Indoor Arena, the ICC, leafy Edgbaston (home to the international cricket ground), the Custard Factory, Cadbury World, Birmingham's famous and much-loved breweries, the Cube and much, much more.