Best places to visit in Birmingham

Whatever you’re into and whoever you’re going with, Birmingham has loads of attractions to suit everyone.

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For the Families

Planning a family trip? Booking an exciting city break can be a cost effective way to spend some quality time together. With great transport links by rail and national express, Birmingham is easily accessible, even if you’re planning a short weekend away. And that weekend certainly won’t be boring when it comes to Birmingham.

Go See The Sea Life

The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is a major attraction for all ages. The Centre offers exciting underwater worlds and fascinating exhibits for children (and grownups!) to enjoy. Special events and exhibitions are put on throughout the year; a magical octopus hideout revealed earlier this month is a recent example. With great links to marine conservation, Birmingham Sea Life also offers the opportunity to learn about how we can help to protect our oceans and marine life. It’s such a great attraction that it’s popular with families throughout the year. To guarantee your spot under the sea, it’s advised you book your tickets online. On the Centre’s website, you can also get a look at what events are coming up, as well as any special offers or discounts that are currently available.

The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham. By Gp258 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Staying over in comfort

If you’re looking for more than just a day trip, Comfort Zone offer a range of cosy serviced apartments at reasonable prices. You can book an apartment in Birmingham under £100 per night and stay right in the city centre to be close to all of Birmingham’s major attractions.

The apartments are of a high standard, decorated with all the usual home comforts, and come with on-site security and parking. They also provide a range of family friendly services. A standard room comes with free Wi-Fi, an LCD flat screen TV, laundry services, fridge and freezer, microwave, crockery and cutlery and just about everything else, meaning you have everything you need to enjoy your stay – including the kitchen sink! Perfect for a family stay, you can also book cots and high chairs, as well as extra fold away beds. A maid service, express check-out and taxi calling services all help to take the stress out of your stay. With top notch apartments like these, booking accommodation in Birmingham is like booking your home away from home.

For the Romantics

If you’re searching to share your stay with that special someone, Birmingham offers great dining and night life scenes. The Mailbox offers everything from a quick coffee to a romantic meal at the side of the canal. There’s also the Everyman Cinema, if you fancy catching the latest flick for date night. Events are always being organised, with the latest being an afternoon of ‘cosmetics and cocktails’ – a perfect treat for the ladies by any standard!

The Mailbox

For the Lads

A magnet for party-goers, Broad Street offers a fantastic night out. Packed chock full of eateries, bars and clubs, it’s the perfect place to get your party on! For a proper night out from food to fab tunes, Broad Street gives you the chance to pop from one party scene to the next with ease. Walkabout, Reflex, The O Bar, Popworld, Revolution, Mooch Bar, Brasshouse and Velvet Music Rooms are just some of the popping hotspots to visit in Birmingham. Everything for a great night rolled up into one street!

Reflections on a Canal - Birmingham

For the Girls

Fancy a girl’s day out? Birmingham Bullring is famous nationwide for its excellent shopping experience. With over 160 stores and loads of popular eateries, the Bullring is a shopoholic’s dream and has plenty to offer for a whole day out. With easy links to public transport and 3,000 parking spaces, the Bullring Shopping Centre is easy to get to, even if you’re just visiting for a day. The centre also offers facilities such as free Wi-Fi, Amazon lockers, and customer lockers to keep your shopping experience fun and easy. There’s also an event space showcasing exciting activities and exclusive shopping offers.

Bullring Bull. By w:en:User:Zukeylukey (Taken by Luke Byfield) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

For the Foodies

Food lovers, look no further. Especially if you’re a curry lover. Birmingham currently has the finest Indian cuisine in the West Midlands region and Bombay Brasserie is renowned as one of the best Indian restaurants in Birmingham. The eatery offers exquisite ambience, friendly service and fabulous food. The cuisine is modelled around the authentic tastes of Bombay, and takes inspiration from European flavours to create unique flavour sensations. Freshly prepared ingredients offer an authentic taste of India for passionate foodies. For a stellar show stopper, the restaurant also offers an inspired monthly special from their master chef. Providing an intimate and relaxed dining experience complete with a rustic bar, Bombay Brasserie is bound to leave a lasting impression.

So whether you’re looking for some exciting retail therapy, a cracking night out, or a fun day trip with the kids, Birmingham has it all. So get those bags packed, book those tickets, and get going!

About Emily Luxton

An award-winning writer and travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper, more intelligent travel. Seeking out adventure, cultural exchanges, food experiences and more as she attempts to get to know the world. Lover of the great outdoors, sunsets, good food, and the odd bit of luxury!

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