West Midlands

Hippodromes, bullrings and sky domes. You'll know when you've hit the West Midlands. Brummies know how to have a good time. Birmingham is packed with dazzling theatres, colossal exhibition centres, balti restaurants and shiny shopping malls. Shrines in Coventry include super-size sports and music arenas and cathedral ruins alike. There are endless ancient woodlands, heaths and wetlands to explore and parks with off-road bike trails and boating lakes. And with premiership football, county cricket and rugby union in abundance in this west-central county, sports fans are in heaven too.

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Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill and you will be too

Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill and you will be too

Experience The Hobbit’s ‘Shire’ for real or watch bread being made the traditional way, at the idyllic Sarehole Mill.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Budget
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Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up from some of the world’s top comedians and then learn how to be funny yourself at the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Cadbury World

Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Castles and Historic Properties
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Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Unique Experiences
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Geocaching in the Clent Hills

Geocaching in the Clent Hills

Discover your new favourite places.

Location: West Midlands

Countryside
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Discovering Digbeth

Discovering Digbeth

Discover Birmingham's beating heart - a hub of pubs, clubs and creativity.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Neighbourhoods
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See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Performing arts
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Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

You can lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand at the oldest working cinema in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Literature, film and TV
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Fine Dining at Simpsons

Fine Dining at Simpsons

Swap places with the chef and make the food yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Eating out
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Find something dazzling in Europe’s largest jewellery quarter

Find something dazzling in Europe’s largest jewellery quarter

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in Europe.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Shopping and fashion
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Dine at Birmingham’s Michelin-star restaurants

Dine at Birmingham’s Michelin-star restaurants

Birmingham’s food scene is quickly gaining international culinary recognition due to the city’s impressive collection of Michelin-star restaurants.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Eating out
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The world's best luxury never looked so Brummie

The world's best luxury never looked so Brummie

Indulge yourself in style, at Birmingham's ritziest shopping centre.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Lifestyle
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Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a veritable friend factory.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Budget
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Fall in love (all over again) at Malmaison Birmingham

Fall in love (all over again) at Malmaison Birmingham

Topping the list as England’s fastest growing Valentine’s Day destination, where better to rekindle a romance than in Birmingham?

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

City
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Discover green Birmingham

Discover green Birmingham

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks – more than any other European city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

City
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Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, combine it with its food culture, mix in local chefs and producers and you get the Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Food markets
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See a great British institution, up close and personal

See a great British institution, up close and personal

Visit the Beeb's home in Birmingham, and see how some of its best shows are made.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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