The Venice of North. The UK’s second-largest city. The birthplace of Ozzy Osborne, Cadbury’s and Ozzy Osborne. It’s not hard to be curious about a trip to Birmingham, given all these accolades. Birmingham is a vibrant city with many great things to do. Despite the fact that it has the worst accent in the country and the Spaghetti Junction, which can deter day-trippers, it’s worth the visit.
(Is there anyone else who calls Venice the ‘Birmingham of the South?
Birmingham has so many great places you could make a weekend out of it. Attractions like Cadbury World, Sea Life Centre and Botanical Gardens are just a few. There is plenty to do in Birmingham if you are looking for a day out or a stroll around the city. It’s a great city, and we want to share our top picks with you. For those who want to get a sense of the city, here are some day trip ideas.
We’d like you to know that this is not an exhaustive list. There are so many things to do and see in Birmingham, it’s impossible to do them all in one go. We believe we have a great route that will take you to the best parts, make you stop at enough places, and give you a true feel for Birmingham, UK.
A map of our top Birmingham attractions has been included. Click on the yellow star beside ‘things To Do in Birmingham Map’ to save the map. You can access the map from Google maps anytime you want.
Digbeth, a favourite spot for Peaky Blinders lovers, is just five minutes from Selfridges. The city’s best street art is right next to the magnificent Victorian industrial architecture. Peaky Blinders tours are available, but you should at least be aware of the murals that were inspired by the show.
Digbeth, even if it’s not on TV, is well worth the half hour.
The Birds Custard Factory used to be a hub of creativity. It has been transformed into a place for creatives.
Gibb Street has many options for good coffee.
Birmingham’s Old Crown is a must-see. It is located on High Street Deritend and can be easily found in all of its Tudor glory. It was built in 1368 and survived the English Civil War. It is reputed to be the oldest building left standing in Birmingham. Who wouldn’t love to celebrate this with a drink?
The quickest way to get into Birmingham’s centre is from Digbeth. However, you should not leave without seeing the iconic Selfridges building. This building is undoubtedly the most striking in the city.
It is beautiful against the blue sky, and has to be appreciated. It must be something worth seeing in person if it is used as a desktop picture for Windows.
TIP: To get a truly unique view, go to the top of Park Street Car Park.
A 2-metre-tall bronze bull was also unveiled at the Bullring’s 2003 opening. A selfie with Birmingham’s iconic symbol is a must-have on any Birmingham visit.
As you walk around the city center, you will see that the architecture is a mix of Victorian and modern. This is typical of many UK industrial cities to the north. The Victorian arcade is a feature that has remained from the golden age shopping, but you need to know where to find it!
You’ll be able to miss it if you blink, but the Great Western Arcade is a beautiful place to shop in Birmingham!
For just five minutes, you can rewind 150 years to experience glamour. While you’re there, pick up some amazing shopping treasures at great independents.
TIP: Sourdough lovers like me must visit Bread collection at no.1
It was a good thing that someone had the vision to take out the stained glass from St Philip’s during World War II. The church sustained significant damage. These beautiful windows, which were reinstalled after the war, are well worth seeing when you visit Birmingham. These windows are some of the most vivid and detailed I have ever seen.
The church is free to enter and you can also take a tour if you have time.
The Piccadilly Arcade’s frescoes should be a well-known tourist attraction in Birmingham. They are so beautiful that it seems like no one knows they exist! Although the arcade is cool enough on its own, many people only use it to get to the train station. They are missing a hidden gem in Birmingham if they don’t look up.
Six frescoes that look like life are painted on the ceiling. The Chinchillas are referred to as “A Life in the Year of The Chinchillas”, but I am still not sure. You can’t help but feel disorientated by their appearance.
Make sure to see the frescoes on your visit to Birmingham!
My first encounter with a German Christmas Market in Victoria Square was on one of our first Birmingham days many years ago. Since then, I feel that this square is where all the fun happens in Birmingham. We have seen Victoria Square bustle at times with music, dancing, food and illuminations.
Even if there aren’t any events scheduled, it’s still an interesting square to view. It is framed by the impressive-looking Town Hall and Council House on two sides. Sit down for a cup of coffee and people-watch…
Fun Fact: The bronze statue of a female bathing is also called the “Floozie in Jacuzzi”
The city’s funky library is a great place to visit in Birmingham. It’s also free! This magnificent piece of architecture is both impressive inside and outside. It was added to the growing number of buildings that decorated Birmingham in 2013. It’s Europe’s largest public library.
TIP: Take a look at the Shakespeare Room on the 9th Floor and the terrace on the 9th Floor. You can also enjoy the best views of Birmingham from Level 7’s Secret Garden. These areas may be closed for events. Please check ahead.
The canals on Birmingham’s west side are a must-see area. Why? These canals are what put the UK city on the map!
Birmingham is proud of its industrial heritage. It is often called “The City of a Thousand Trades” because it offers trade transportation via waterways. Many businesses were attracted to the city.
They are picturesque and peaceful today, however. You are transported back in time by the Victorian factories and colourful canal boats that line Gas Street Basin. There are many bars and restaurants that offer a view of the canal at The Mail Box and Brindleyplace.
TIP: When you are in Birmingham for Spring sightseeing, take a detour to Oozells Square just behind the Ikon Gallery. The blossom trees will transport you to Japan immediately!
Birmingham, England is a great place to find a delicious curry.
Brum is home to The Balti Triangle and The Curry Mile, as well as many other street-food options.
It was actually in this city that Balti was born. Asian fusion was already happening in the 1970s!
Take a look at this map of Birmingham to see the top places for Britain’s national dish.