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The 6 Best Birmingham Attractions

Jan 29, 2024
The top attractions in Birmingham you can't miss

Home to over 35 miles of canals, beautiful greenery and a diverse culinary scene, Birmingham is a brilliant place to call home. The UK’s second-biggest city brims with exciting attractions, from museums and art galleries to family-friendly entertainment.

Whether visiting Brum for the first time or considering relocating here, we’ve picked some of the best things to do come rain or shine.

• Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
• Cadbury World
• National Sea Life Centre
• National Motorcycle Museum
• Birmingham Library
• Botanical Gardens

1. Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter is inarguably one of Birmingham’s best places to visit. According to English Heritage, Europe’s largest hub of jewellery businesses is a ‘national treasure’.

The area boasts over 800 independent jewellery shops and 200 listed buildings, making it popular among history buffs. Stroll through its vibrant cobbled alleys and learn about 250 years of history.

2. Cadbury World

Chocolate lover? Cadbury World deserves a spot on your itinerary. Welcoming around half a million visitors yearly, this Bournville site has been Cadbury’s home since 1878.

You can participate in tours and activities where you’ll learn about the history of confectionery and how to make your own. If you’re travelling with kids, why not book an afternoon tea? Enjoy local delicacies with a chocolate-themed twist!

3. National Sea Life Centre

Regularly ranked among Birmingham’s best attractions, the National Sea Life Centre makes for a fun-filled family afternoon. It’s home to over 60 exhibits about freshwater and marine life, with a giant ocean tank housing sea turtles, sharks and tropical reef fish.

The centre focuses on education and conservation, with a 4D cinema and a busy activities calendar for further learning. The aquarium’s highlight? The UK’s only 360-degree underwater tunnel, which offers stunning views of its friendly residents.

4. National Motorcycle Museum

A must-visit for auto enthusiasts, the National Motorcycle Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. It’s next door to the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham Airport, making it easy to reach.

The museum is home to over 1,000 different motorcycles spanning from the 19th century to the modern day, with the 1898 Beeston Humber Tricycle the highlight.

5. Birmingham Library

Housed within a high-tech postmodern building in Centenary Square, Birmingham Library is a must-see attraction. Famous for being among Europe’s largest, it hosts an extensive collection of children’s books, archives and photography.

One of the library’s highlights is the Shakespeare Memorial Room, designed in 1882 by John Henry Chamberlain. It contains 43,000 books and rare copies, including the First Folio.

6. Botanical Gardens

On Birmingham’s southwestern outskirts, the Botanical Gardens are a haven for nature lovers or those wanting to escape the city frenzy. They cover 15 acres of ornamental gardens, glasshouses and indoor and outdoor aviaries, containing over 7,000 plants.

Don’t miss the butterfly house, with species from the Philippines, Central America and tropical parts of Africa.

This West Midlands powerhouse is packed with exciting things to do, making it a popular destination among homebuyers. Explore our new homes in and around the city and unique offers to help you move. We have schemes for first and second-time buyers, such as Deposit Boost and Part Exchange.

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