Kalsoom Begum, Ops Manager at Great Barr Premier Inn says:
“I love the art gallery and museum. You can walk along the canal where there are lots of traditional restaurants. It’s nice to have a drink outside in the summer or by a log fire in the winter”.
Home to extensive collections of fine art, ceramics, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, local and industrial history, a trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will take you on a journey from the prehistoric to the modern day.
The family run jewellers Smith and Pepper produced gold jewellery for over 80 years, before closing their doors in 1981. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter allows you to step back in time in their preserved jewellery workshop.
From sea monsters to steam engines, the Thinktank explores science and technology from the past, present and future. Head to this museum in the Millennium Point complex and you'll find plenty of workshops, classes, laboratory sessions and interactive science to keep young scientists busy.
Established in 1821, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, or RBSA, is an art society which supports artists and promotes the visual arts. Take a look at the free exhibition or, if you’re feeling artistic, why not book into a workshop or demonstration?
Always ahead of the curve, the Ikon Gallery offers the latest and greatest in contemporary art. Exhibitions are regularly changing and always feature a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to film and installation.
From Monet to Magritte, you’ll find some of the greatest names in Western art at the Barber Institute. Step out of the bustling city and inside this haven of tranquillity to explore over 150 major paintings, 800 drawings and prints and a fine collection of sculptures.
Opening in 2008, Eastside Projects aims to support artists, projects and independent culture in Digbeth. This artist-run gallery offers experimental contemporary art exhibitions in a great old industrial space. Regularly changing its displays by re-using and re-working previous exhibits, this gallery really pushes the boundaries with its art.
Whether you want to stay in Birmingham’s city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Birmingham Airport and New Street Station, as well as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and the Bullring.