Things to do in Birmingham, United Kingdom

things to do in Birmingham

Written by Sarah Mukaddam

An engineer turned content writer, Sarah is a self-proclaimed bookworm. Armed with a keen sense of story and the gift of the gab, she works as a content writer at UniAcco.

Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. It is the second-largest city and metropolitan area in England and the United Kingdom and it is commonly referred to as the second city of the United Kingdom. Located in the West Midlands county and region in England, approximately 100 miles (160 km) from Central London, Birmingham, as one of the United Kingdom’s major cities, is considered to be the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of both the East and West Midlands.

Here are some of the top things to do in Birmingham. Hope this helps you to build your Birmingham itinerary better.

Top Attractions in Birmingham:

top attractions in Birmingham

Seeing attraction are a great way to know the city’s history, its culture and meet its people. Attractions are the identifying markers of a city most of the times. Here are some of the famous attraction in Birmingham, England-

  • Birmingham Back to Backs- Birmingham Back to Backs are the city’s last surviving court of back-to-back houses. They are preserved as examples of the thousands of similar houses that were built around shared courtyards, for the rapidly increasing population of Britain’s expanding industrial towns.
    • Address: 50-54, 55-63 Inge St, Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TE, United Kingdom
    • Hours:
      • Monday – Closed
      • Tue to Thur – 1-3 pm
      • Fri to Sun – 10am -3pm
    • Tickets: £5–19
    • Phone: +44 121 666 7671

  • Steelhouse Lane Lock-up- Steelhouse Lane police station is a former police station in central Birmingham, England. It was built for the Birmingham City Police and opened in 1933 as their Central Police Station, replacing a Victorian station on the same site. The station sits on a plot of land at the rear of the former Victoria Law Courts (now a magistrates’ court), which was originally acquired for the extension of the court building. A tunnel links the cell block to the courts.
    • Address: 6NW, Steelhouse Ln, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Hours: Prison Open Day once a month and private tours on request
    • Tickets: £0 – £6

  • Highbury Hall- Highbury Hall, now a Grade II* listed building, was commissioned as his Birmingham residence by Joseph Chamberlain in 1878, two years after he became a member of parliament for Birmingham. It took its name from the Highbury area of London, where Chamberlain had lived as a child. Joseph Chamberlain was a British statesman who was first a radical Liberal, then, after opposing home rule for Ireland, a Liberal Unionist, and eventually served as a leading imperialist in coalition with the Conservatives. He split both major British parties in the course of his career.
    • Address: 4 Yew Tree Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QG, United Kingdom
    • Hours:
      • Mon to Sun – 8am-12am
    • Phone: +44 121 303 2050

Top Museums in Birmingham:

“A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can.” – Maira Kalman. Here’s a list of some of the museums in Birmingham to help you search for beauty, truth and meaning in your lives,

  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery in Birmingham, England. It has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.
    • Address: Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH, United Kingdom
    • Hours:
      • Mon to Thu- 10am-5pm
      • Fri- 10:30am-5pm
      • Sat to Sun- 10am-5pm 
    • Tickets: free 

  • The National Motorcycle Museum- The National Motorcycle Museum occupies an 8-acre site in Bickenhill, Solihull, England and holds the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. In addition to over 850 motorcycles, which cover a century of motorcycle manufacture, the museum has conference facilities.
    • Address: Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EJ, United Kingdom
    • Hours:
      • Mon to Sun- 8:30am-5:30pm
    • Tickets:
Adults£9.95
Senior Citizens£7.95
Children (5-15-year-old)£7.95
Family Ticket£25.95
  • Phone: +44 1675 443311

  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter- The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a museum at 75-79 Vyse Street in Hockley, Birmingham, England. It is one of the nine museums run by the Birmingham Museums Trust, the largest independent museums trust in the United Kingdom.
    • Address: 75-80 Vyse St, Birmingham B18 6HA, United Kingdom
    • Hours:
      • Mon & Sun – Closed
      • Tue to Sat – 10:30am-4pm 
    • Tickets: £5–7
    • Phone: +44 121 348 8140

Top Nature & Parks in Birmingham:

things to do in Birmingham

“When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?” -Ralph Marston. Here’s a list of green spaces in Birmingham for you to enjoy that quiet moment in life,

  • Winterbourne House & Garden- Winterbourne Botanic Garden is the botanic garden of the University of Birmingham, located in Edgbaston, Birmingham. It is adjacent to Edgbaston Pool, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
    • Address: 58 Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham B15 2RT, United Kingdom
    • Hours: 
      • Mon to Sun – 10:30am–4pm
    • Prices:
Ticket TypeEntry PriceGift Aid PriceMembership
Single£7.20£8£32
Child (5-16)£6.20£7
Over 65/Student£6.20£7
Family (2+4)£22£25£60
1+1 and Joint£50
  • Phone: +44 121 414 3003

  • Lickey Hills Country Park- Lickey Hills Country Park is a country park in England. It is 10 miles southwest of Birmingham and 24 miles northeast of Worcester. The 524 acres park is situated just south of Rednal and close to Barnt Green. It is half a mile west of Cofton Hackett. It is one of the oldest parks managed by Birmingham City Council.
    • Address: Warren Ln, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8ER, United Kingdom
    • Hours: 
      • Mon to Sun – Open 24 hours
    • Phone: +44 121 445 6036
    • Website: birmingham.gov.uk/info/20089/parks/406/lickey_hills_country_park

  • Cannon Hill Park- Cannon Hill Park is a park located in south Birmingham, England. It is the most popular park in the city, covering 250 acres consisting of formal, conservation, woodland and sports areas. Recreational activities at the park include boating, fishing, bowls, tennis, putting and picnic areas.
    • Address: Russell Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8RD, United Kingdom
    • Hours:
      • Mon to Sun – 8am-6pm 
  • Phone: +44 121 303 111

Top Shopping Places in Birmingham:

things to do in Birmingham

“The thing about shopping is that you never know exactly what you are going to find. A shopping experience can be filled with joyous surprises or unexpected pitfalls. No matter how hard you try, you cannot plan every detail of a shopping trip, and you never know exactly how it will end up” – Amanda Ford, Retail Therapy. 

  • The Drinks Emporium Birmingham- A specialist wine and drinks merchant with a tasting room, wall to wall spirits, a mouth-watering choice of fine and eclectic wines, boutique and craft beers from around the world and one of largest champagne gift collections in the UK. Located less than half a mile from Birmingham City Centre we hold wine schools & tasting events every week, and have a climate-controlled ‘Fine & Rare’ room. Hailed as one of the UK’s premier drinks destinations.
    • Address: 217 Aston Road, Birmingham B6 4LH, England
    • Hours: 
      • Tue to Sat – 10:30am-7:00pm
    • Phone: +44 121 271 0000

  • Grand Central- Bullring & Grand Central is the glamorous heart of Birmingham and home to one of the country’s most popular shopping destinations. Discover over 240 of the most imaginative and desirable shops, catering for all your fashion and lifestyle needs – including Selfridges, John Lewis and Debenhams department stores – all right here, in the centre of town. There’s plenty of choice at Bullring & Grand Central with flavours from around the world to delight your taste buds and diet.
    • Address: Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham, B5 4BU
    • Hours:
      • Bullring: Mon to Sun – 10am-8pm
      • Grand Central: Mon to Sun 9am-8pm
    • Phone: +44 121 632 1500

  • Birmingham Rag Market- Open 4 days a week, the Birmingham Rag Market provides market shopping at its best and is home to 350 stalls, and 17 perimeter shops, selling a massive and diverse range of goods. ‘The Rag’ is renowned for the extensive range of fabrics it has to offer, in addition to general and alternative goods. The Rag Market is one of three Bull Ring Markets. The other two are the Bull Ring Open Market and The Bull Ring Indoor Market. The Big Brum Antique Market is also held 10 times a year – see website for details and dates.
    • Address: St. Martins Market Edgbaston Street, Birmingham B5 5BB, England
    • Hours: 
      • Tue – 9:00am-5:00pm
      • Thu – Sat – 9:00am- 5:00pm
    • Phone: +44 121 464 8349

Top Fun Things to do in Birmingham:

Birmingham, think-tank

“ We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”- Benjamin Franklin. So, here are a few places for you to keep the kid in you alive and well, 

  • Escape Live – Birmingham- Escape Live is Birmingham’s premier live escape game for groups of 2-6 people. You have 60 minutes to complete a mountain of puzzles and mysteries. The aim is simple: get out… before it’s too late.
  • Address: Flat 18-24 Bismillah Building 14 Constitution Hill, Birmingham B19 3LY, England
  • Hours:
    • Sun to Sat – 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Tickets: £17.50 pp
  • Phone: +44 121 572 3131

  • Teamworks Karting Birmingham- 10 racing simulators, all housed in our unique vRacing room and networked together to create the most exciting simulated racing experience possible. Our simulators have been crafted to feel like F1 cars, complete with Corbeau race seat, force-feedback steering wheels, race pedals and huge screen displays. Our darkened vRacing room heightens the sensations and quite simply this is awesome
    • Address: 202 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5SE, England
    • Hours:
      • Mon to Fri – 10:00am-10:00pm
      • Sat to Sun – 9:00am-10:00pm
    • Tickets: 
Open Grand Prix £46.95 
Karting 30 £28.95 (off-peak) £32.95 (peak)
Karting 60 £48.95 (off-peak) £52.95 (peak)
Unlimited Racing £25.95
Laser Tag £6.50 (1 game) £15.00 (3 games) £16- £24 (1-hour party)
vRacing £18  (40 mins) £15 (unlimited) £160- £300 (exclusive parties)
  • Phone: 202 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5SE, England

  • Adventure Island Mini Golf- Welcome to Adventure Island Mini Golf ­ England’s first-ever indoor adventure golf complex featuring two brilliantly themed 18-hole courses! We are located indoors on our own lush tropical ‘adventure island’ at Star City, Birmingham. Our courses have been built across three levels and wind past palm trees and volcanoes, through caves, behind waterfalls and through Tiki Villages.
    • Address: Unit 20/21 Star City Watson Road | Star City, Birmingham B7 5SA, England
    • Hours: 
      • Sun to Thu – 10:30am-10:00pm
      • Fri to Sat – 10:30am-11:00pm
    • Tickets: 
18 HolesCastaways£4

Adventurers£8.50

Family £28
36 HolesCastaways£5

Adventurers£13.50

Family £38
  • Phone: +44 121 328 7474

Top Accommodation in Birmingham: 

Top Accommodation in Birmingham:


When travelling for either leisure, work or education, accommodation is the most important aspect to consider. Without a good night’s rest, one cannot function properly and one cranky person can ruin the trip for everybody. Here are some of the best accommodation Birmingham has to offer.

  • The High Field Town House- Boutique hotel just five minutes from Birmingham’s city centre. Your haven in the city.
    • Address: Gemstone House 23 Highfield Road Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3DP England
    • Price: £96
    • Phone: 0121 647 6466

  • Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre (New St Station) hotel- It’s hard to think of a more central spot. From Premier Inn Birmingham New Street, above the station, the whole of the city (and most of the UK) is at your feet. You’re just minutes from all the major business centres, epic shopping and amazing sights. Track down big brands and off-the-beaten-track bargains in (and around) the Bull Ring and Jewellery Quarter. Explore the huge exhibitions at the NIA and ICC. Or catch the big-name acts at the Hippodrome – at under half a mile from the hotel, ‘it’s behind you!’. And, whether you’re here for work or leisure, return to our tasty restaurant, spacious rooms and extra-comfy beds.
    • Address: Birmingham Exchange Buildings Stephenson Place, Birmingham B2 4NH England
    • Price:  £46
    • Phone: 00 44 333 777 4656

  • Staying Cool at Rotunda- 
    • Address: 150 New Street Rotunda, Birmingham B2 4PA England
    • Price:  £129
    • Phone:  0044 121 285 1250
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