Things To Do
There are so many amazing things to do in Birmingham, so why not make a weekend of it and explore this great city!
Thinktank – Birmingham Science Museum
From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology. Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building at Thinktank you will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you, showing you the science of the world all around us.
Come face-to-face with over 900 animals of more than 150 species, including some of the most endangered on our planet, at Twycross Zoo! Set in more than 80 acres, immerse yourself in some of the Zoo’s fascinating exhibits including: the Borneo Longhouse, where a pathway winds through a sequence of exotic bird and animal exhibits surrounded by landscaped aquatic gardens
There has been a mill on this site since 1542, but the current building dates from the mid-18th Century. In the 1850s a steam engine was installed and a chimney built, which provides Sarehole Mill with its distinctive silhouette. The mill has two waterwheels, one of which is operational and is used to grind wheat every Wednesday and Sunday, water levels permitting.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is a firm fixture in the city’s annual calendar and, together with the neighbouring Christmas Craft Market, a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from across the UK and Europe. Birmingham comes alive every winter with the arrival of the Market, a clear sign that Christmas is just around the corner. With more than 80 stalls there is something for everyone.
Winterbourne House and Garden
Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden. Offering colour and interest throughout the year, the seven-acre Grade II listed garden is home to a beautiful walled garden, striking colour themed borders, original sandstone rock garden and stream side planting. Inside, exhibition rooms on two floors tell the history of the house and its owners. The garden also displays plants from around the globe with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the alpine areas of the world.
There’s so much to see and do in Cadbury World’s chocolatey zones. From learning how your favourite confectionery is made and uncovering the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate, to playing in chocolate rain and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk whilst you watch our chocolatiers reveal the secrets of traditional chocolate making. You’ll discover the origins of the cocoa bean amidst trees and waterfalls in the Aztec Jungle, before jumping on board the magical Cadabra ride and visiting the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone.
Land Rover Experience Solihull
The ultimate thrill-seeking adventure. Explore our vehicles full off-road capability on 14 miles of varied terrain. We guarantee you a warm welcome and an unforgettable day either on one of our off-road driving challenges at Land Rover Experience Solihull, including our One Hour Taster Drives, Half Day and Full Day Experiences and a raft of unique activities.
Lapworth Museum of Geology
The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK. From fossils to volcanoes, diamonds to dinosaurs the museum captures the imagination of all ages. The collections contain in excess of 250,000 specimens. In addition to rocks, fossils and minerals, there are large collections of early geological maps, equipment, models, photographic material, and zoological specimens and stone axes.
The Coffin Works
The shelves and workbenches at Newman Brothers are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery working again, you can truly experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including the fittings for the funerals of Churchill, Chamberlain and the Queen Mother. Travel back in time to experience how Newman Brothers operated during its heyday, entering a 1960s time capsule where the sounds of the day mingled with the industrial sounds of a working factory.
The Electric Cinema
The Electric Cinema is the oldest working cinema in the UK. First opened on December 27th 1909, it has undergone many changes from a classic News and cartoon theatre to the thriving independent cinema it is today. At the Electric we offer much more than just watching a movie. Experience the latest independent and intelligent mainstream films in a relaxed, grown-up environment, with comfy sofas, waiter service and a venue that is licensed in the theatre!
Resorts World Birmingham
Welcome to the home of outlet shopping in the West Midlands. At Resorts World Birmingham you can enjoy your favourite brands like Kurt Geiger, Next, Gap, H&M and Nike (to mention just a few) at outlet prices with up to 70% off on RRP. The Resort goes beyond outlet shopping with an array of fantastic dining options; enjoy well-known names you love like Nando’s, TGI Fridays and Las Iguanas or discover something new and exciting like a Singapore Chilli Crab to share at Robata Bar & Grill.
For further information on the above sites or to see what else Birmingham can offer please visit https://visitbirmingham.com/things-to-see-and-do