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Birmingham offers many fantastic things to do for Brummies and first-time visitors, with plenty of museums, parks, and excellent places to eat and drink. Not quite sure where to get started in Birmingham? With these tips and recommendations from Groupon you can get the best out of your time in this wonderful city, whether it’s enjoying a Sunday roast in Moseley or making your own chocolate at Cadbury World.

#1 Cadbury World

Chocolate Themed Attraction

About 6 miles from the centre of Birmingham, Cadbury World is a hands-on chocolatey day out for the whole family. The attraction is based on the site of the original Cadbury factory and gives you the chance to learn about the brand’s history and how chocolate is made, while giving it a go yourself with interactive workshops.

Cadbury World

 

#2 Bull Ring

Historic Shopping District

The Bull Ring has been Birmingham’s main shopping area ever since it was a marketplace in the Middle Ages. Here you’ll find every type of shop you could want and if you venture into the iconic Bullring shopping centre, you’ll have even more choice. From trendy clothes shops to tasty restaurants, the Bullring has it all.

Bull Ring

 

#3 Dudley Zoo

Zoo & Castle Estate

A short trip from Birmingham in the nearby town of Dudley, Dudley Zoo is a haven for a stunning variety of animals and wildlife. There, enjoy a range of activities for visitors and learn all about the lives of your favourite animals, from tigers to orangutans. Entrance to the zoo includes access to the grounds of the fantastic Dudley Castle.

Dudley Zoo

 

#4 National SEA LIFE Centre

Aquarium & Conservation Centre

Making a splash in Birmingham, the National SEA LIFE Centre is overflowing with fantastic fishy friends to see and things to do. Featuring the UK’s only transparent 360⁰ aquarium tunnel, the National SEA LIFE Centre offers the chance to really get up close to life underwater. Visitors can even reach in and touch some of the animals in the rockpools.

SEA Life Centre

 

#5 Museum and Art Gallery

Civic Museum & Gallery

In the very heart of Birmingham, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is jam-packed with interesting exhibits and artworks, from the mummies of ancient Egypt to the golden Anglo-Saxon jewellery of the Staffordshire Hoard. Once you’ve had your fill of the displays, head to the Edwardian Tearooms for tasty food and drinks in a historic setting.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

 

#6 Black Country Living Museum

Open Air Museum

The Black Country Living Museum offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the industrial history of the area across the 26 acres of its 18th Century town reconstruction. A short journey away from Birmingham, the Black Country played a huge role in Britain’s development. This open-air museum is one of the best ways to see and feel how life was at that time.

Black Country Living Museum

 

#7 Cannon Hill Park

City Park

Birmingham’s favourite park, Cannon Hill Park isn’t your usual city green. While you’ll still find all the mainstays like trees, waterways and trails, Cannon Hill Park also has lots of other things to see and do. From the rides at the Fun Park to the animals at the Wildlife Conservation Park, there’s no better place to spend a laid back afternoon.

Cannon Hill Park

 

#8 Moseley

Trendy Suburb of Birmingham

This area of Birmingham is known for its creative atmosphere and trendy businesses, with lots of unique sights and entertainment. Moseley is full of fantastic places to eat and drink, from BBQ at The Dark Horse to all day brunch at Lewis’s café. Be sure to pop into some of the area’s museums too, like the famous Sarehole Mill.

Moseley

 

#9 Selly Manor

Timber Framed Manor House

A popular local venue for weddings, this gorgeous 14th Century manor house is one of Birmingham’s most attractive destinations. Selly Manor now functions as a museum, offering a chance to see how people lived in Tudor Britain – complete with interactive activities and dress-up for children. Tours are available as well.

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#10 Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Shopping District

The Jewellery Quarter is home to Birmingham’s biggest concentration of craftspeople and jewellery shops, as well as a growing arts community. In one of Britain’s best spots for jewellery shopping, pick up dazzling diamond-studded accessories or just enjoy spending time in the area’s many picturesque streets and museum.

Jewellery Quarter

 

#11 Sandwell Valley Country Park

Large Public Country Park

660 acres of greenery between Birmingham and West Bromwich. Sandwell Valley Country Park offers countless opportunities for walking, cycling, and enjoying nature, but there’s more unusual activities as well. The Sandwell Park Farm is a beautifully restored Victorian farm building, where you can meet some rare breeds of farmyard animals.

Sandwell Valley Country Park

 

#12 Alton Towers Trip

Theme Park Day Trip

With good connections from Birmingham, it’s easy to visit one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. An Alton Towers trip is perfect for a family day away from the city, with lots of fantastic rides to keep all ages entertained. Keep an eye out for some of the park’s seasonal events and activities, like Scarefest around Halloween, for some unequalled fun.

Alton Towers Trip

 

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MAKING THE MOST OF birmingham WITH GROUPON

Visiting Birmingham for the first time but you’re not quite sure where to get started? Are you a long-time resident looking to rediscover your city? You’re in the right place – at Groupon we have lots of tips, tricks and advice to help you find the very best things to do in Birmingham today, from family days out to romantic date nights.

Things to do for free in Birmingham

Finding free things to do in Birmingham is a breeze, thanks to the wealth of activities and fascinating sights that won’t cost you a penny. Admission to some of Birmingham’s best museums is free – this includes The Lapworth Museum of Geology and its stunning collection of fossils. General admission to the Midlands Art Centre (MAC) is also free, so you can browse some of the region’s best contemporary artworks without having to pay a fee.

Romantic things to do in Birmingham

There’s so much on offer when you’re heading out for a romantic date in Birmingham. If you’re after a traditional dinner date, head to Moseley or the Chinese Quarter for a huge range of options, from intimate meals at The Village to a bouncing lunch at Chung Ying.

Looking for things to do in Birmingham at night together? Why not sample some of the city’s vibrant nightlife with stand-up at the Cherry Reds Comedy Club or a music performance at Symphony Hall.

If you’re after some more unusual or laidback things do in Birmingham as a date, try some of the other activities, like mini golf for two at Cannon Hill Park or an afternoon wandering around the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

What can I do in Birmingham with kids?

Birmingham has a wide variety of things to do and places to see for a family day out. If you’re looking for exciting family things to do in Birmingham this weekend, the best place to start is probably the Rush Trampoline Park, for an entire afternoon packed full of bouncing and hopping around.

After something with a little more educational value? The ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point is a particular standout, offering a science-packed day out for the family, with hand-on activities and dynamic experiments. Aston Hall is another great museum to visit, with stunning sights throughout its rooms, and family-friendly ghost tours for those feeling brave.

Things to do in Birmingham City Centre

Home to some of Birmingham’s oldest and best attractions, the city centre is a historic area of the city and the perfect to spend some time. Both Birmingham Town Hall and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery can be found here – they give fascinating insights into the past of the city. The Town Hall is also a popular venue, where you can catch regular live performances.

The Electric Cinema in Birmingham City Centre is the UK’s oldest working cinema, complete with tours and showings of contemporary and classical films. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, you could visit the BBC Visitor Centre and Blue Room at the Mailbox. With free admission, you can get an understanding of how programmes are made at the BBC and even try making your own shows.

Essential travel tips & hacks for Birmingham

  • If the sun is out, make sure to visit the Gas Street Basin and take a scenic boat ride through the area
  • Book tickets for activities in advance to grab extra discounts and avoid waiting in queues
  • If you’re heading to the Birmingham Open Market, try to visit in the morning for the best experience and more choice
  • It’s best to avoid the Bullring shopping centre on the weekend, as it can get very busy.

What’s the weather like in Birmingham

Birmingham’s weather is much like what is typical for the rest of the UK, though snow can be more likely during the winter. Make sure to check an up-to-date forecast before you head out, especially if you’re planning to spend time outside, as the weather can be a little unpredictable.

Season 

Min. temperature 

Max. temperature 

Winter 

+1.4°C 

+6.7°C 

Spring 

+4.2°C 

+12.7°C 

Summer 

+12.1°C 

+21.3°C 

Autumn 

+6.8°C 

+13.6°C 

How do I get around Birmingham?

The main method of public transport around Birmingham is by bus. Birmingham doesn’t have a central bus station, but you can catch buses from a few different locations in the city centre, mainly Bull Street, Moore Street, Colmore Row, and Priory Queensway. Check the Network West Midlands website for the most up-to-date information on Birmingham’s bus services.

Much of Birmingham can be enjoyed on foot or by bike too, especially the city centre. If you’re heading out from Birmingham, then the Midland Metro runs from Snow Hill Station and serves Worcester, Solihull and Wolverhampton. Or, you can catch national connections from Birmingham New Street train station. A limited tram system also runs from Snow Hill Station to Bull Street in the city centre, and on to New Street train station.

For convenience, you can also rely on Birmingham’s many local private hire taxis, Uber, and black cabs. In a pinch you can usually catch a cab from the Hill Street taxi rank in the city centre.

With our handy tips, tricks and advice there’s now nothing standing between you and an amazing time in Brum – all courtesy of Groupon.