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Top Things To Do In Birmingham

From museums, art galleries and cultural hotspots to historic houses, medieval castles and big-name concerts, there are a whole host of things to see in Birmingham and the surrounding area. This energetic, multicultural city is undergoing a major renaissance, meaning you'll never be short of things to do in Birmingham. Just click through our 360° views to make virtual visits to some of the city’s must-see landmarks.

Victoria Square
  • Victoria Square
  • This pedestrianised square in central Birmingham is distinctive for its grand civic buildings and its public artworks. Its most striking feature is an impressive former fountain built during the square's redevelopment in the early 1990s, though the council turned it into a flowerbed in 2013. Designed by Dhruva Mistry, the work is officially called The River, and has a central bronze sculpture of a reclining woman. Victoria Square is a hotspot for public events, including film screenings and Birmingham's annual Christmas market.

  • This pedestrianised square in central Birmingham is distinctive for its grand civic buildings and its public artworks. Its most striking feature is an impressive former fountain built during the square's redevelopment in the early 1990s, though the council turned it into a flowerbed in 2013. Designed by Dhruva Mistry, the work is officially called The River, and has a central bronze sculpture of a reclining woman. Victoria Square is a hotspot for public events, including film screenings and Birmingham's annual Christmas market.

  • Guide to Exploring Victoria Square
Warwick Castle
  • Warwick Castle
  • About an hour's drive from central Birmingham, Warwick Castle is often ranked among the most popular historic attractions in the UK. Part medieval castle, part 17th-century country house, it boasts an extensive programme of exhibitions and events, including live jousting shows and bird of prey displays. Apart from the castle itself and the various historic exhibitions, there are also other on-site attractions, including a Horrible Histories-themed maze, and a creepy walk-through horror experience in the castle dungeons. The grounds of Warwick Castle also feature a recreation of a medieval trebuchet, which happens to be the largest and most powerful piece of siege machinery in the world.

  • About an hour's drive from central Birmingham, Warwick Castle is often ranked among the most popular historic attractions in the UK. Part medieval castle, part 17th-century country house, it boasts an extensive programme of exhibitions and events, including live jousting shows and bird of prey displays. Apart from the castle itself and the various historic exhibitions, there are also other on-site attractions, including a Horrible Histories-themed maze, and a creepy walk-through horror experience in the castle dungeons. The grounds of Warwick Castle also feature a recreation of a medieval trebuchet, which happens to be the largest and most powerful piece of siege machinery in the world.

  • Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford Day Trip
Symphony Hall
  • Symphony Hall
  • Opened in 1991, its innovative modern design means the acoustics at Symphony Hall are regularly ranked among the best in the UK, and even worldwide. It's home to the celebrated Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, but a visit to Symphony Hall doesn't have to be about classical music. It also hosts gigs from pop, jazz and world music artists, as well as spoken word acts and other performances. And, of course, there are foyer bars, a cafe bar and a champagne gallery for those interval drinks. As part of Birmingham's International Convention Centre (ICC), Symphony Hall also hosts conferences and other major commercial events.

  • Opened in 1991, its innovative modern design means the acoustics at Symphony Hall are regularly ranked among the best in the UK, and even worldwide. It's home to the celebrated Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, but a visit to Symphony Hall doesn't have to be about classical music. It also hosts gigs from pop, jazz and world music artists, as well as spoken word acts and other performances. And, of course, there are foyer bars, a cafe bar and a champagne gallery for those interval drinks. As part of Birmingham's International Convention Centre (ICC), Symphony Hall also hosts conferences and other major commercial events.

  • Guide to Exploring Symphony Hall
Birmingham Cathedral
  • Birmingham Cathedral
  • Dedicated to St Philip, this imposing Baroque-style edifice is one of England's smaller cathedrals. It was built in the 18th century, and extensively renovated after being bombed during the Second World War. It features several stained-glass windows by the famous pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. Apart from a broad variety of church services, Birmingham Cathedral is particularly well-known for the wide range and high standard of its musical offerings. From lunchtime performances to classical concerts and choral evensongs, there's a full programme of entertainment that also encompasses story sessions for children and educational talks for the grown-ups.

  • Dedicated to St Philip, this imposing Baroque-style edifice is one of England's smaller cathedrals. It was built in the 18th century, and extensively renovated after being bombed during the Second World War. It features several stained-glass windows by the famous pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. Apart from a broad variety of church services, Birmingham Cathedral is particularly well-known for the wide range and high standard of its musical offerings. From lunchtime performances to classical concerts and choral evensongs, there's a full programme of entertainment that also encompasses story sessions for children and educational talks for the grown-ups.

  • Guide to Exploring Birmingham Cathedral
Aston Hall
  • Aston Hall
  • Set in an elegant red-brick mansion from the 1600s, Aston Hall is set among formal gardens and public parkland, a few miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's played host to royals, writers and industrial pioneers, and been shot at with cannons during the English Civil War. Fortunately, things are a bit quieter these days, and Aston Hall is now a museum, with many of the rooms restored to their former glories and furnished with items from the Birmingham Museum. Aston Hall hosts regular events, including guided tours and storytelling for children. And if you're feeling really brave, you could try signing up for one of their famous ghost tours.

  • Set in an elegant red-brick mansion from the 1600s, Aston Hall is set among formal gardens and public parkland, a few miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's played host to royals, writers and industrial pioneers, and been shot at with cannons during the English Civil War. Fortunately, things are a bit quieter these days, and Aston Hall is now a museum, with many of the rooms restored to their former glories and furnished with items from the Birmingham Museum. Aston Hall hosts regular events, including guided tours and storytelling for children. And if you're feeling really brave, you could try signing up for one of their famous ghost tours.

  • Guide to Exploring Aston Hall
Library of Birmingham
  • Library of Birmingham
  • This visually striking modern building is one of the largest libraries in the UK. Opened in 2013, the inside is almost as impressive as the intricately decorated Postmodern exterior. It's home to a host of intriguing collections, from railway memorabilia and children's books to engineering archives and antique greetings cards. Most famous is its Shakespearean collection, which includes Shakespeare's first folio edition. Apart from its collections, the library also hosts regular arts events, including poetry readings and family-friendly activities. It's also an active community resource, with an extensive programme of workshops aimed at locals and visitors alike who want to broaden their skill sets.

  • This visually striking modern building is one of the largest libraries in the UK. Opened in 2013, the inside is almost as impressive as the intricately decorated Postmodern exterior. It's home to a host of intriguing collections, from railway memorabilia and children's books to engineering archives and antique greetings cards. Most famous is its Shakespearean collection, which includes Shakespeare's first folio edition. Apart from its collections, the library also hosts regular arts events, including poetry readings and family-friendly activities. It's also an active community resource, with an extensive programme of workshops aimed at locals and visitors alike who want to broaden their skill sets.

  • Guide to Exploring Library of Birmingham
Shakespeare's New Place
  • Shakespeare's New Place
  • The Bard's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon is just under an hour's drive from Birmingham, and is full of Shakespeare-themed attractions. One of the most popular is Shakespeare's New Place, the site of the great man's family home between 1597 and his death in 1616. The house itself was knocked down 250 years ago, and these days the site is mostly made up of picturesque gardens. Some are historical, while others are more modern, laid out along the lines of the original property. There are artworks and exhibitions around the site, and Shakespeare's New Place also hosts occasional theatrical and dance performances.

  • The Bard's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon is just under an hour's drive from Birmingham, and is full of Shakespeare-themed attractions. One of the most popular is Shakespeare's New Place, the site of the great man's family home between 1597 and his death in 1616. The house itself was knocked down 250 years ago, and these days the site is mostly made up of picturesque gardens. Some are historical, while others are more modern, laid out along the lines of the original property. There are artworks and exhibitions around the site, and Shakespeare's New Place also hosts occasional theatrical and dance performances.

  • Shakespeare's Family Homes
Sutton Park
  • Sutton Park
  • Sutton Park has a reputation as one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Essentially a giant nature reserve, it's set 6 miles from Birmingham City Centre, in the nearby town of Sutton Coldfield. Mostly woodland, wetland and heath, it features 7 lakes, plus Exmoor ponies and, in some places, freely grazing cattle. Sutton Park offers plenty of attractions for young and old, including playgrounds, restaurants, and golf courses, and the size of the place means it caters to all kinds of hobby groups. It's popular with pony trekkers and cyclists, while several of the lakes allow seasonal fishing. Even the local model aeroplane club gets a look-in.

  • Sutton Park has a reputation as one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Essentially a giant nature reserve, it's set 6 miles from Birmingham City Centre, in the nearby town of Sutton Coldfield. Mostly woodland, wetland and heath, it features 7 lakes, plus Exmoor ponies and, in some places, freely grazing cattle. Sutton Park offers plenty of attractions for young and old, including playgrounds, restaurants, and golf courses, and the size of the place means it caters to all kinds of hobby groups. It's popular with pony trekkers and cyclists, while several of the lakes allow seasonal fishing. Even the local model aeroplane club gets a look-in.

  • Guide to Exploring Sutton Park
High Street
  • High Street
  • High Street is one of the main shopping arteries of central Birmingham. It's home to plenty of big-name stores, and if the weather's good, you might see a street performer or two. At the end of High Street is the Bullring shopping centre, one of Birmingham's most recognisable features. Ask anyone from the UK to pick out one distinctive landmark from Birmingham, and chances are it'll be the ultra-modern exterior of the Selfridges building at the Bullring. With more than 160 retailers, plus various bars and restaurants, it's one of the busiest shopping centres in the country.

  • High Street is one of the main shopping arteries of central Birmingham. It's home to plenty of big-name stores, and if the weather's good, you might see a street performer or two. At the end of High Street is the Bullring shopping centre, one of Birmingham's most recognisable features. Ask anyone from the UK to pick out one distinctive landmark from Birmingham, and chances are it'll be the ultra-modern exterior of the Selfridges building at the Bullring. With more than 160 retailers, plus various bars and restaurants, it's one of the busiest shopping centres in the country.

  • Guide to Exploring High Street

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