Things to do in Birmingham
Cadbury World is a chocolate lover’s dream. Get interactive and learn about chocolate’s discovery, the iconic Cadbury packaging, those unforgettable adverts and much more. The world’s biggest Cadbury shop is the grand finale.
At BBC Birmingham’s Public Space, you can have a go at reading the news or weather - perfect for wannabe primetime news anchors. For a more in-depth insight into the beeb, go on an official tour of BBC Birmingham’s studios.
Featuring over 160 shops from Selfridges and Whistles to the Apple Store and All Saints, you’ll want for nothing once you’ve spent some time - and presumably a fair bit of money - inside this architectural wonder.
And if you’re in the market for some luxury and designer goodies, make a beeline for The Mailbox. Here you’ll find Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani alongside some snazzy places to eat, drink and get pampered.
Birmingham Back to Backs
Birmingham’s only surviving street of back-to-back houses has been lovingly restored by the National Trust. Get a glimpse and whiff of what life was like for those who lived and worked there from the 1840s to the 1970s.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Be amazed by artefacts from the most fascinating of ancient cultures, travel back in time to chaotic 18th-century Birmingham, admire Pre-Raphaelite beauties and marvel at the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham’s 200-year history of jewellery production is told right here. Go on a guided tour of the Smith & Pepper jewellery factory, check out jewellery made from the most exotic of materials and treat yourself to some locally made bling. Definitely a ‘to do’ if you’re on one of those weekend breaks in Birmingham.
In the 19th-century, 75% of everything written in the world was done so with a pen from Birmingham. Which, in case you were wondering, explains why there’s a pen museum in Birmingham. Take part in a calligraphy session, make your own pen nib or check out the fine writing instruments on display.
Wonderful World of Trains & Planes
Travel the world, fly a Boeing 747 over Vegas, test your slot car skills and add to your Hornby collection at Birmingham’s world of miniature transport.
Getting around Birmingham
When it comes to getting around, Birmingham’s public transport network is top-notch - great to know if you’re in town on business. State-of the-art trams connect Birmingham to Wolverhampton via West Bromwich as well as link up various areas of the city. Birmingham Airport is easy to get to (it’s about 6 miles from the city centre). New Street train station has direct lines to most the UK’s main cities, and Snow Hill and Moor Street stations serve local and national destinations - including London. What’s more, New Street and Snow Hill are only a five-minute walk from the Colmore Business District, so if you’re looking for Birmingham business hotels, staying at a Premier Inn will put you close to where you need to be.