1. Explore Victoria Square & the City Center
– The heart of Birmingham revolves around the pedestrian-friendly Victoria Square, an area that can be explored via the Birmingham City Centre Path. Along the way, you’ll discover the attractive old Town Hall, built in 1832 and a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. Resembling a Roman temple, this impressive structure features 40 ornate Corinthian columns made of Anglesey marble.
2. Take a Tour of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
-The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, opened in 1885, is considered one of the finest such museums outside London. Its art treasures include a collection of works by Pre-Raphaelite painters, as well as artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries and sculptures by Rodin and James Tower.
3. See the Blooms at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
– Another great tourist attraction that should be included on your West Midlands travel itinerary is The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Spread across 15 acres in the affluent suburbs of Edgbaston, these 19th-century gardens are easy to get to from the city center and home to countless species. A visit is very much like stepping back in time, thanks to the perfectly preserved Victorian-era glasshouses and other period park features.
4. Get Smart at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
– Families traveling with budding young scientists won’t want to miss Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. This award-winning museum includes a large number of fascinating science-related exhibits, many of them hands-on and interactive.
5. Take the Family to the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham
– One of Birmingham’s most-visited tourist attractions, the National SEA LIFE Centre is home to an impressive 60-plus exhibits related to marine life. Pride of place goes to the aquarium’s massive million-liter ocean tank, with its unique underwater tunnel, which allows visitors an uninterrupted view of the diverse sea life on display, including everything from reef sharks to giant turtles.
6. Wander the Jewellery Quarter
– The Jewellery Quarter is an area of Birmingham that is steeped in tradition. Here, more than 200 jewelers’ workshops and silversmiths produce 40 percent of Britain’s jewelry, chiefly in the vicinity of the Clock Tower on the corner of Vyse and Frederick Streets and around the Georgian church of St. Paul’s.
7. Enjoy a Concert at St. Philip’s Cathedral
– Built in 1715, St. Philip’s Cathedral (the third smallest in England) began life as a parish church and was elevated to its present status in 1905. The cathedral was gutted during a bombing raid in 1940, but foresight saw its famous stained-glass windows by Burne-Jones (1884) removed a few weeks prior.
8. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Cadbury World, Bournville
– Located in Cadbury’s Bournville manufacturing site, just a short drive from Birmingham, Cadbury World is one of the area’s largest (and most popular) attractions. It welcomes more than 500,000 visitors each year. With a focus on fun, visitors get to discover the history of chocolate, as well as the manufacturing process through a number of excellent themed interactive exhibits.