The 8 best things to do for the whole family in Birmingham, UK

Birmingham

Birmingham (UK) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. Birmingham’s main attractions with descriptions, guides and maps.

City of Birmingham (UK)

Birmingham is Britain’s second largest city and the center of the West Midlands. Once the flagship of the Industrial Revolution it is now a modern metropolis with a vibrant cultural life. Birmingham is a city with an important industrial heritage and rich history, which in Victorian times was nicknamed “the workshop of the world” and “the city of 1,000 crafts”. Its most notable feature is considered to be its extensive network of canals, a testament to past industrial development. Birmingham has more canals than Venice or Amsterdam. Unfortunately the historical center of the city was largely destroyed during WWII, and modern architecture has greatly distorted the look of the city.

Things to do (UK):

Tour of the Tower of London

£230 per tour.

Tower of London tour

Highlights of British history, the Crows, the Tudors and the Crown Jewels

Masterpieces of the British Museum

from £125 per guided tour

Masterpieces of the British Museum

Explore the English collections and discover the history behind some of their most interesting pieces.

Geography and climate

Birmingham is located in Central England on a hilly plateau between the Severn and Trent river valleys. The city has a temperate maritime climate with slightly cooler winters and warmer summers than the rest of the UK.

Birmingham

Birmingham

Tourist Info

  1. Population – more than 1.1 million people.
  2. Area – 267.8 km².
  3. Currency – pound sterling.
  4. Language – English.
  5. Time – UTC 0, in summer UTC +1.
  6. The United Kingdom is not a member of the Schengen Agreement. Visas can be obtained by personal visit to accredited visa centers located in Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg.
  7. Birmingham has a large airport which connects it to major European cities and some North American cities.
  8. Birmingham is a major transportation center in Britain. It is easily accessible by train and bus from London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Cardiff.
  9. Birmingham is famous for its jewelry. The jewelry quarter, just north of the city center, contains several hundred small shops and retail stores.
  10. Many cheap eateries can be found in the Bristol Road area.
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History

Birmingham as a settlement was founded in the 6th-7th century. The modern name comes from the Old English Beormingahām, which means “house” or “village”. The first mentions of the city date back to 1166. By the 13th century, Birmingham had become a major trading center and was famous for its fairs.

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham’s heyday begins in the 16th century, when ironworks were built here. By the 18th century the city had become one of the largest industrial centers in England. Birmingham also attracted many famous scientists and engineers who lived and worked here during this period.

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham Canals

In the 20th century, the city became a major center of military industry. This was the reason for the massive bombing of the city by German aircraft, which significantly damaged the historic center.

Sightseeing

Birmingham City Hall

Birmingham City Hall

The historic center of Birmingham was severely destroyed during World War II. It is now a mixture of classic Victorian architecture and modern buildings. One of Birmingham’s most beautiful buildings is the City Hall, considered a masterpiece of 19th century architecture. The impressive structure is reminiscent of an ancient Roman temple and features 40 ornate Corinthian marble columns.

Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham’s pride and joy, the Jewellery Quarter is an area steeped in tradition, boasting 200 jewellers. There’s also a Jewellers’ Museum.

St Philip's Cathedral

St Philip’s Cathedral

St. Philip’s Cathedral is a cathedral built in the first half of the 18th century. It was destroyed by bombing in the 1940s and rebuilt in 1948.

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham’s canals are a real landmark. The oldest of them date back to the 18th century and were built during the Industrial Revolution. The total length of these waterways is several hundred kilometers, which exceeds the length of the canals of Venice.

Broad Street Presbyterian Church

Broad Street Presbyterian Church

Broad Street Church is a former Presbyterian church built in the mid-19th century.

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St Martin's Church

St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Church is an original neo-Gothic building completed in 1855.

Birmingham Museums

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is one of Britain’s finest cultural sites with superb archaeological finds and works of art from the 17th-19th centuries.
  • Birmingham Science Museum – an interesting collection of steam engines from locomotives to tractors to industrial equipment.
  • National Center for Marine Life – a huge ocean aquarium with a unique underwater tunnel and many other sea-related exhibits.

Excursions of interest

History of London's Coffee & Tea

£130 for a guided tour

History of coffee and tea in London

Discover where and how the culture of tea and coffee drinking originated, and experience the atmosphere of those glorious times

Robert Lewis Stevenson's pictorial notes

Lera 5 26

£150 for a guided tour

Robert Lewis Stevenson’s pictorial notes

Discover Edinburgh as seen through the pages of the Scottish author’s work

Where to go with kids in Birmingham?

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Birmingham is a fun and lively city, perfect for visiting with even the youngest members of the family. Here are some ideas and practical tips for your family visit to Birmingham.

Thinktank Entertainment Center.

A place where science and history are presented to visitors in the most surprising ways. In ten interesting and inspiring galleries, you can learn a lot through interactive exhibits. The museum is about our world and how we live in it; here you will find new ways to look at the past, present and future. Each room has been designed to teach everyone, regardless of age. You’ll also find a digital planetarium with the most advanced digital projection system. Using state-of-the-art digital technology, spectacular 360-degree images are recreated under a dome-shaped ceiling with the audience right in the middle of the action – a completely immersive experience. With a daily program, entertaining shows, astronomy lessons and lectures, this center awaits young guests who want to explore the night sky and galaxy.

The IMAX hall is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the country. A screen as tall as a five-story building and four buses wide is impressive, 2D presentations on such a screen are understandably spectacular, but 3D films are simply out of the question. The crystal-clear image and 42 speakers provide a truly captivating experience . The entertainment center has a nice ThinkTank Cafe that serves light snacks and hot and cold meals. There is a bar and another cafe in the Millennium Resort part of the complex where you can order delicious meals, fresh rolls and sandwiches with toppings. In the store in the complex you will find strange and surprising memorable souvenirs, as well as unusual gifts for special occasions. Various gadgets, puzzles, and toys are sold here, including kits for young scientists. Restrooms are on all floors; adult and children’s locker rooms are also available, and there is a changing table (in the handicapped restroom on level G1 next to the school locker room). There are seating areas on each floor of the museum. If you come to this entertainment center with babies, make sure you have enough baby food – you definitely can’t buy it anywhere, but they certainly won’t refuse you a request to heat up milk.

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Address: Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Prices: Adults £12.25, children (3 to 15 years) £8.40, disabled £8.40, family of 4 (maximum 2 adults) £39

Opening hours: Every day except Christmas Day, 10am to 5pm ( you can only buy tickets before 4pm).

Leisure Box

The best place to come to this entertainment center is to play bowling. The complex offers 24 lanes of classic family bowling, with ramps for the little ones. Also here you can find a small skating rink for kids (“Planet Ice”), where special skating hours are set aside for the youngest ones, and animators in funny costumes take the kids for a ride on the ice. There is also a swimming pool on the territory, where funny games and competitions are held.

Address: 73 -75 Pershore Street.

Prices: Ice rink for everyone- £9 ( for the whole day), bowling (for 1 game)- £3, ice rink for kids- £5 ( animators to help- £3). Pool- £1 per game.

Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 12:00-18:00, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-22:00, Friday and Saturday 12:00-00:00, Sunday 12:00-22:00

Teamworks Karting Birmingham

The minimum age for visiting the center – 8 years. The minimum height of visitors-150cm. This is a fairly popular center that provides visitors with modern cars and tracks that challenge the most experienced drivers. For those under the age of 16, there are separate, simpler tracks available. The tracks are specially designed to allow youngsters to race at their own pace, meaning a discount is made on the fact that young speedsters are still learning. The center can arrange for a children’s party, for a fee, of course.

Address: 202 Fazeley Street.

Prices: £23-£30 per rental.

Birmingham Museum and Gallery

In this museum you can learn about creative techniques from painting, woodcarving, bronze casting to ceramic, jewelry and stained glass techniques. The artists themselves talk about their work, revealing all the secrets – you can listen to the interviews and watch them on large screens in the halls. It’s all in English, though, as you can guess. The presented artworks span seven centuries of European history and culture. It is not without interactive gizmos that provide a hands-on experience for children. For example, you can try on period costumes, discover hidden treasures in chests, and more. There are regular family events every weekend (13:00-16:00): during these lessons you can learn more about arts and crafts. Admission to such an event costs £1.50 for a child and free for accompanying adults. During the school vacations ( British vacations, of course) there are additional activities at the museum.

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Address: Chamberlain Square.

Admission: Free ( some exhibitions have a fee)

Opening hours: Monday through Thursday – 10am-5pm, Friday 10:30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5pm. The museum is closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January.

BBC Centre (BBC Birmingham Public Space).

Visit the BBC Public Space to find out more about this important area of information. Here you can try your hand at being a news or weather presenter. You can take pictures with local broadcasters, play and treat yourself in the BBC Shop. For parents we offer a tour of the radio studio, where you can learn from the inside how radio presenters work and how things work in general. Read more about the tours here: bbc.co.uk/tours

Address: 7 Commercial St, The Mailbox

Admission: Free ( some tours have a fee)

Hours of operation: All year round except Christmas and Easter. Monday to Saturday 09.30 -17.30, Sunday 11.00 – 17.00.

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