Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham has majestic waterways, lined with history, culture & lifestyle. From a real-life chocolate factory to a vintage clothes festivals, there’s heaps of things to do in Birmingham.
The city has an eclectic mix of attractions, so you’re sure to find something fun to do. Looking for the things you really should do? We’ve got you sorted with 7 of the best.
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1. Check out The Custard Factory
The Custard Factory is the very heart of Birmingham’s cultural revival – with small creative cafes, digital businesses and independent shops in a beautifully restored Victorian factory.
There’s cute design stores, vintage flea markets, Bingo nights and street food festivals on alllll the time, as well as lots of other quirky events.
2. Take a trip to Cadbury World
If the idea of a chocolate factory conjures up drool worthy memories of Willy Wonka, then take note that if you visit Birmingham you’ll be able to visit the real thing at Cadbury World.
We’ve put together the ultimate guide to visiting Cadbury World here.
3. Stroll around Aston Hall
A grade I listed building, this 17th-century hall is restored to its former Jacobean splendour. You can explore the house and gardens, spend time in their coffee shop and just soak in all the magnificence of this beautiful building from another era.
4. See a concert in Birmingham Symphony Hall
Considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, Symphony Hall is a truly unique venue in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. They host everything from rock to jazz concerts and it looks just as good as it sounds.
5. Hop on a Water Bus along the canals
Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice? For real. For just £4 you can hop on a water bus that will bring you on a little tour of the canals of Birmingham all year round.
It’s no Venetian Gondola, but it’s still very cute.
6. Experience the ‘Rage Room’
Want to let off some steam? One of the more unusual things you can do in Birmingham is smash stuff up. Literally. In the Rage Room, you can smash up keyboards, office phones, flatscreen monitors, home printers and laptops to your heart’s content.
Your booking is for 30 minutes, and includes various items for you to destroy.
7. Take a Peaky Blinders tour
Discover the dark past of Birmingham in the 1880s and early 1900s when gangs roamed the streets in this unique Peaky Blinders tour.
You’ll hear all about the Real Peaky Blinder gangs, taking in the Rainbow Pub close to where the term “Peaky Blinder” was first penned.