14 Amazing Things to Do in Birmingham

by Paul T
Last Update: 17 July 2023

Looking for something to do on your next Birmingham break? We’ve got you covered.

Did you know Birmingham was named as the UK’s top destination for tourism outside of London?

With dozens of attractions to choose from, a thriving nightlife, and a cultural scene to keep you hooked, Birmingham is the place to be.

However, with fresh adventures and attractions coming out every month, and a plethora of things to see, do, and try, we know how overwhelming it can feel finding somewhere to start!

We’re here to help! Keep reading for a diverse and exciting list of things to do in Birmingham, whether you have plans to visit Birmingham or just want to explore the city you already know and love.

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Fun Things to Do in Birmingham

We’ve put together some fun ideas for some days out in Birmingham’s city centre and surrounds, and let us tell you, there’s plenty to do. Whether your tastes range from cultural experiences to adventures, history or walking tours, Birmingham has something to offer.

1. Victoria Square and City Centre

No trip to Birmingham is complete with a visit to Victoria Square, a pedestrian-friendly area that can be explored via the Birmingham City Centre Path. It’s the beating heart of Birmingham and boasts countless experiences and sights. Why not stop by Old Town Hall on the way for some classic Victorian architecture?

While you’re there, pay a visit to Symphony Hall, which has world-class acoustics and a magnificent theatre that attracts A-list musicians and singers, or stop by Central Library, which is home to the largest collection of Shakespearean works outside of the US.

There’s a lot to see and do, and it’s well worth adding to your agenda.

2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Boasting collections of fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history and archaeological artefacts, the museum and art gallery both are well worth the visit.

Birmingham Museums Trust, the UK’s largest independent museums trust, manages the museum/gallery, as well as eight other museums throughout the city. The Museum and Art Gallery are free to enter, however, some big exhibitions in the Gas Hall require a ticket.

3. Birmingham Botanical Garden

A great day out would be remiss without a visit to the world-famous Birmingham Botanical Garden, with 15 acres of 19th-century gardens and a collection of over 7,000 plants from across the world.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the Garden’s collection of bonsai trees, which includes a particular specimen that is over 250 years old! The Garden’s also boast a phenomenal tearoom, kids playgrounds and a gift shop to make your trip complete.

4. Moseley Bog – The Inspiration for Lord of the Rings

This lovely little nature reserve is rich in wildlife, history, and community. Oh, and it was a beloved walking spot for JRR Tolkien and inspired his works on Lord of the Rings. Tolkien lived nearby, and this park was his childhood playground.

Immerse yourself in the fantasy world of elves, hobbits, and wizards, and see for yourself the sprawling wilds that inspired one of the world’s most iconic works of literature.

5. Bear Grylls Adventure Park

Escape the mundane and try something truly extraordinary. Test your shooting skills on the archery range, or try out one of the intriguing escape rooms. Jump, climb, and swim your way out of danger, all in the safe and trusted hands of your adventure guides.

They will inspire, motivate, and assist you along your journey, no matter which adventure you pick, so that you can push your limits and achieve new, remarkable goals with each challenge.

Kid-Friendly Excursions

All the below excursions are suitable for children 4 and up, with some allowing even younger children to explore the exciting offerings. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks, or dig into the delicious foods and sweets available. Best of all, there’s learning involved for everyone!

6. National SEA LIFE Centre

There’s plenty to see for children and parents alike, with the UK’s only 360° ocean tunnel, giving you a safe and cosy place to marvel at giant turtles, manta rays, sharks, and hundreds of tropical fish.

When you’re done with that, head on over to meet the UK’s first sea otters, Ozzy and Ola, before popping over to the Penguin Ice Adventure event, where you’ll get to see the cheeky antics of the Centre’s Gentoo penguins, diving and playing beneath the freezing waters they call home.

7. Thinktank – Birmingham Science Museum

With several fascinating science exhibits and plenty of hands-on and interactive experiences, the Thinktank Science Museum is the place to be for anyone travelling with budding young scientists.

Some highlights definitely include an impressive collection of steam-powered machines, from locomotives to tractors, as well as industrial machinery, a chocolate packing machine, and an authentic WWII-era aircraft in the Spitfire Gallery.

There’s even a human-sized hamster wheel in the Science Garden! You can’t beat that!

8. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park hosts a wide and unique collection of animals from all over the world, including red pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a huge troupe of monkeys.

The zoo was established in 1964 and has become an important location for research, breeding programs, and animal conservation. The Park has a fun variety of experiences for kids, including some amazing hands-on activities about the care and upkeep of some of the world’s gentler species.

9. Cadbury World

We can’t imagine anyone saying no to a visit to the country’s chocolate centre. Cadbury World welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually to its site and visitors get to discover the history of chocolate, as well as how Cadbury makes their special treats through a series of excellent interactive exhibits.

While you’re there, try your hand at making your own confectionary, and be sure to get in some shopping at the world’s largest Cadbury’s sweet shop.

Enjoying the Nightlife

Sometimes we need a bit of time away from young kids and work obligations. We all need to have fun, and sometimes we just want to enjoy a good drink out with friends. Why not throw in a show at the same time?

10. The REP Theatre

Looking for a night of culture and high-quality theatre? Look no further than the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This dynamic theatre welcomes hundreds of external theatre groups throughout the year, in addition to shows by the REP’s Company.

There’s something to suit all tastes, from major productions by renowned West End companies to smaller up-and-coming organisations. And you can grab a drink after in the theatre’s bar, Marmalade!

11. The Custard Factory

The Custard Factory, located in the heart of Digbeth in central Birmingham, is a real gem if you’re ever in the city and want to get away from the bustling Bullring!

While there is more than enough to do during the day in the sprawling fifteen acres of restored Victorian buildings, the Custard Factory comes alive in the evening, with restaurants, bars, and exciting game cafés to visit.

12. Ghetto Golf

The beautiful graffiti artwork on the walls, the exciting and demanding eighteen-hole course, and the fantastic street food and cocktails on offer at the famed bar set this indoor crazy golf experience apart from the others.

If you’re searching for a fun way to compete with your friends and family, Ghetto Golf is the place to be.

Day Trips Out and About

For something a little further afield, we’ve got two suggestions that are well worth the drive out of Birmingham. Neither is more than an hour out and are more than doable for a day out. In fact, you can even consider staying overnight and making a weekend out of it!

13. Alton Towers

With the theme park typically being open from late March through to early November, there’s plenty of time to get in on the action, and even explore some of their special events, like the Alton Towers Scarefest, and a Mardi Gras festival to close off the season.

Alton Towers Theme Park has something for everyone, with over 40 rides and attractions and a bevvy of things to see, do, and experience.

14. Warwick Castle

Start your quest today and live out a day in the life of a gallant knight or expert marksman. Warwick Castle hosts a variety of live shows and attractions year-round!

It’s well worth a stay at the Knight’s Village for an exciting sleepover, giving you plenty of time to see all the live acts and entertainment, which includes everything from archery competitions to medieval jousting and knights tourneys.

While it’s a 40-minute journey from Birmingham, it’s well worth the trip, with plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy.

Stay Up to Date With New Events and Things to Do

With major locations opening their doors after the plethora of lockdowns, and events starting anew now is the time to get out there and explore the many amazing things to do in Birmingham. We recommend staying in Birmingham overnight for the full experience, and to ensure you get the most of your time there.

Whether you’re interested in daring adventures or historic tours, there’s something for everyone on the Keetoo app. For some truly unforgettable experiences, download your Keetoo app today and get going! P.S Keetoo is free!

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