Birmingham

You know when you’ve arrived in Birmingham. England’s second biggest city is defined by its swirling ring roads and streets lined with Victorian redbrick houses. Packed to the brim with heritage museums, mega arenas and space-age stores, you’ll leave Birmingham with full-to-bursting bags and purse strings stretched to the max. And after a hard day shopping and enjoying the arts scene, take a walk down the Curry Mile or treat yourself to the finest Michelin-starred restaurants that the city can offer. Barges drift down this West Midlands city's sleepy canals reminding you of a busy industrial past, while cycle routes lead to greener vales and country parks.

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You know when you’ve arrived in Birmingham. England’s second biggest city is defined by its swirling ring roads and streets lined with Victorian redbrick houses. Packed to the brim with heritage museums, mega arenas and space-age stores, you’ll leave Birmingham with full-to-bursting bags and purse strings stretched to the max. And after a hard day shopping and enjoying the arts scene, take a walk down the Curry Mile or treat yourself to the finest Michelin-starred restaurants that the city can offer. Barges drift down this West Midlands city's sleepy canals reminding you of a busy industrial past, while cycle routes lead to greener vales and country parks.

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Strike gold at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Strike gold at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Find hidden treasures at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to the famous Staffordshire Hoard and extraordinary art exhibitions.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

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

 
October events: Laugh out loud at Birmingham Comedy Festival

October events: Laugh out loud at Birmingham Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up performances from some of the world’s top comedians, then learn the tricks of the trade for yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Rainy Day Activities: Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Rainy Day Activities: Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand and watch the latest blockbusters at the UK's oldest working cinema.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Discover the 18th century’s greatest minds, admire baroque architecture and gaze at the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for literary classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Don your chef’s hat at Birmingham’s Michelin-starred eateries

Don your chef’s hat at Birmingham’s Michelin-starred eateries

At the elegant Simpsons restaurant you’ll do more than enjoy a tranquil lunch. You’ll be swapping places with the chef and making the food yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Birmingham's Bullring, books and boutiques

Birmingham's Bullring, books and boutiques

Enjoy contemporary architectural and cultural gems as well as its shopping and nightlife.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
Discover distinctive Digbeth

Discover distinctive Digbeth

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

Location: Digbeth, Birmingham

 
Meet the new arrivals in Birmingham

Meet the new arrivals in Birmingham

There are bundles of new baby animals to make the acquaintance of from all corners of the globe at Sea Life UK Birmingham and Dudley Zoological Gardens.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Golf, off-roading and long boating in Birmingham

Golf, off-roading and long boating in Birmingham

From a round of golf to a Land Rover off-road experience, Birmingham will keep you busy whatever you fancy and whoever you’re with.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
May events: Stay glued to the screen with Flatpack Festival

May events: Stay glued to the screen with Flatpack Festival

Flatpack is a film event like no other; celebrate the wonders of film and TV in cultural venues across the whole of Birmingham every April.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Learn how to cook healthy, sustainable food at Birmingham’s newest food school.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Lift the lid on Birmingham's heritage

Lift the lid on Birmingham's heritage

Be transported back to the 1960s at the Newman Brothers Coffin Works.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
Visit Europe's largest library

Visit Europe's largest library

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Learn about the history of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Learn about the history of Birmingham’s 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

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