Top 10 things to do in Birmingham

15 September 2016

Who says you have to travel overseas to experience a vibrant city break? Book yourself a stay in Birmingham with one of our travel partners and you'll have a perfect base to discover our top 10 things to do...

1. Visit museums and galleries

Culture vultures will enjoy the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's interesting insights into the city's history whilst interior decor fans will appreciate the sumptuous ceilings and sweeping staircases within. A world-class fine art collection can be found at the Barber Institute too.

2. Shop 'til you drop

Birmingham is mecca for shoppers. From the colossal malls at the Bull Ring to the quirky markets that surround this iconic building, you'll find it quite easy to burn a hole in your wallet. Stay in the heart of the action at the Crowne Plaza hotel so you won't have to carry those heavy bags too far.

3. Stroll the canals

A stay in the Hilton Garden Inn at Brindley Place will place you in the prestigious canal area of the city. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along these charming waterways or hop on board a narrowboat cruise.

4. Take a tour of the BBC studios

Take a glimpse behind the scenes with a tour of the BBC Studios at the Mailboz building. Explore the world of radio and television broadcasting over time - you can even have a go at presenting your own show!

5. Discover beautiful churches

As well as two stunning cathedrals - St. Philip's and St. Chad's - Birmingham offers a collection of atmospheric churches to explore. Seek out St Edburhga's, St Laurence's, St Martin and St Giles, to name but a few.

6. Window shop in the Jewellery Quarter

Have a little browse in the area that boasts Europe's largest concentration of jewellery businesses. Even if you don't treat yourself or someone special to something sparky, why not splash out a little on a hotel? The Macdonald Burlington Hotel offers luxury four-star accommodation, fine dining and a central location for a very affordable price.

7. Follow the Tolkien Trail

Renowned author JRR Tolkien grew up in Birmingham and drew inspiration from the city to weave into his captivating tales. Pick up a leaflet detailing the trail and you can follow in his footsteps to the local nature reserves of Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood as well as see where he once lived and studied.

8. Relax in the Martineau Gardens

This community garden is a city oasis made up of meticulously tended landscapes, complete with nature trail, orchard and its very own woodland habitat. Bring a picnic - there is indoor and outdoor seating around the pavilion.

9. Indulge in Indian food

The dining in Birmingham is exceptional but the variety of Indian restaurants might be one of the very best you can find in the UK. There is even a part of the city with the moniker 'the Balti Triangle' due to its high concentration of curry houses. Indian food aficionados will be spoiled for choice.

10. Go to the theatre

As well as the Hippodrome, check out the listings at others such as Alexandra Theatre, The Old Rep and The Crescent Theatre, to name a few. Combine with a stay at the chic Hotel Indigo for the ultimate sophisticated city weekend.

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