Birmingham has something to offer every day trip shopper, from traditional British markets and the famous Bullring Shopping Centre (home to more than 160 favourite retailers), to the city’s Jewellery Quarter, where around 40% of British jewellery is made. With onsite workshops, you could even have jewellery made as a special treat!
Love chocolate? Birmingham is the proud home of Cadbury World, home to the world’s most famous chocolate bars. Like a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, you can explore the many exciting attractions that bring this unique world to life. Also be sure to visit the world’s biggest Cadbury shop for some sweet-toothed souvenirs!
Birmingham is also home to the National Sea Life Centre. Here you can explore a treasure trove of more than 1,000 sea creatures; you can help out at feeding time and enjoy a wealth of interactive exhibits. From Clownfish (of Finding Nemo fame) to the strangely-shaped Guitar Sharks, the Sea Life Centre is a true haven for rare, beautiful and endangered underwater life. There’s even a 4D cinema, for those who want to get interactive with the animals!
The Think Tank is a unique science museum that really needs to be seen to be believed. The venue was created with the idea of redefining the concept of a science museum – and it certainly does that. From steam engines to human intestines, this exciting museum has over 200 hands-on displays of science and technology, including a digital Planetarium, science experiments, and technology from bygone days to cutting edge.
Dining & Shopping
Birmingham is the UK’s curry capital, and home to the famous Balti Triangle, where more than 50 Asian and Indian restaurants can be found.
If that’s not your style, there’s also Michelin-starred restaurants to try, and contemporary cafes on many city centre streets.
Did you know?
Birmingham has more miles canal than Venice (35 miles compared to Venice’s 26).
The pneumatic tyre was invented in Birmingham, by John Dunlop in 1888.
Birmingham’s Centenary Square is made up of more than half a million individual bricks – all hand laid!