What to do and see in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

August 13, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

The geographical heart of England, Birmingham started life as a sixth- century Anglo-Saxon village. Today, much of this city of over a million dates back to post-WWII redevelopment in the 1950s and 60s. Cutting edge museums and galleries, innovative theaters and excellent shopping have contributed to Birmingham's appeal as a weekend break destination. Don't miss the hopping bars and cafes of Gas Street Basin or the fascinating creatures at the National Sea Life Centre.
Restaurants in Birmingham

1. Birmingham Back to Backs

50 - 54 Inge St / 55 - 63 Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TE, England +44 121 666 7671
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5 based on 2 reviews

Birmingham Back to Backs

Reviewed By sonalan - Birmingham, United Kingdom

We were presented with this stay as an anniversary gift from our daughter's. What a fantastic experience it was too....
We were greeted and shown around the house...the stairs are a challenge but we had so much fun. There is everything you need here modern facilities cleverly hidden away. The only thing I would change is the t.v...I'd take it out...we were so busy exploring the place role playing and generally living in the past that we really didn't switch the t.v on! We didn't miss it...so close to city we popped out later for a couple of drinks then returned where we were entertained by the revellers coming and going in town. So much fun well worth a stay!

2. Symphony Hall

Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA, England +44 121 780 3333
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5 based on 2 reviews

Symphony Hall

Birmingham's world-famous acoustically refined 2262 capacity concert hall presents a diverse programme of jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and classical music Concerts, organ recitals, spoken word, dance, family, educational and community Performances each year, as well as conferences, graduation ceremonies, business meetings and major broadcasts.Symphony Hall is managed alongside sister venue Town Hall, by the registered charity Performances Birmingham Ltd, and is home to the Birmingham International Concert Season and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Reviewed By Mark D - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Stunning Architecture - World Class Acoustics - Brum's Symphony Orchestra based here - C. B. S. O.
Look for the terrific organ.
Get in out if the rain; gaze in awe and, picnic in ' style '.
Open to the public daily, Symphony Hall, offers a great tour experience, with leisurely indoor picnic space.
Look out for free, mid-day  organ recitals; city's organists often play practice pieces - whilst locals and city workers take their lunch break here !


3. Coffin Works

13-15 Fleet Street | Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1JP, England +44 121 233 4790
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4.5 based on 651 reviews

Coffin Works

A Victorian Coffin Fittings factory, restored by Birmingham Conservation Trust and opened as a museum in October 2014. 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 Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.

Reviewed By Alba_dPG - Barcelona, Spain

Coffin works is a small Victorian factory in the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. It's history is amazing. The guided tour was very instructive and entertaining, and our guide was amazing. Definitely worth a visit!Thank you so much for leaving this review - especially glad that you found the tour entertaining as well as instructive. Amazing is a word I use to describe our volunteers all the time- we have a very special team!

4. Birmingham Hippodrome

Hurst Street | Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB, England +44 844 338 5000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity. The unsubsidised Hurst Street based venue averages over 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. With no public revenue funding, it is home to Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange, presents all of Welsh National Opera's repertoire, welcomes the best in international dance, West End and Broadway musicals and is home to the world's biggest Pantomime. Birmingham Hippodrome is currently expanding its Creative Programme building on its successful work in schools and in the community, and with free outdoor Performances. With partners including Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and private funders, the Hippodrome has recently enjoyed co-producing and producing new events including Six Summer Saturdays, International Dance Festival Birmingham, The Voyage (for the London 2012 Festival) and Summer in Southside.

Reviewed By Alan A - Redditch, United Kingdom

Parking for us was in the Arcadian and at £6 for the evening not too bad: just remember to choose the early evening parking when you prepay. The Hip doesn't have its own parking but the Arcadian isn't miles away, a bit of a pain when its chucking down or as tonight..freezing, but Ok. 6 out of 10 for parking.
£50 each for me and my daughter, £100 certainly is not cheap but it seems to be the price the Hip is charging lately for some events. Often wonder if these theatres are going to price themselves out of the regulars that is so important. Also, not sure when the Hip started allowing pints to be brought into the auditorium, a nasty habit I so hate in theatres today, yes i know it brings in money, but still hate it. Overall 7 out of 10 for that lot. Would have scored 8 but will always knock a point off for the drinking in the auditorium.
Interval drinks were where they should be and the atmosphere chatting was great. Lovely place to meet other opera lovers. 10 for that.
Good view from out seats and to be honest I can't remember ever having a bad seat where ever I've sat. Problem we did have was the subtitles were whizzing past high up on the stage so us at the front could barely see them. Seats Ok which weren't too uncomfortable, important if you have a bad back so 7 for that.
Usual crush to get you coats back after the performance but nothing unusual there,5 out of 10 for that.
overall 35 out of 50 isn't too bad, a bit pricey but OK.
The Hippodrome did the WNO proud tonight where a top opera was staged in a top theatre. Memorable.

5. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

75-80 Vyse Street | Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA, England +44 121 348 8140
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4.5 based on 968 reviews

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Discover the skill of the jeweller's craft and enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, which traces the 200-year history of the ancient crafting skills that made Birmingham the centre of the British jewellery industry.

Reviewed By oldsue - Winchester, United Kingdom

A really interesting tour with lots of information about the business. family etc. There is also a small museum and a tearoom Our guide was excellent and did a really good job - thank you.

6. Winterbourne House and Garden

Winterbourne Botanic Garden 58 Edgbaston Park Road | University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2RT, England +44 121 414 3003
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4.5 based on 834 reviews

Winterbourne House and Garden

Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic Gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English Edwardian home.

Reviewed By annemariemctavish - Coventry, United Kingdom

I was taken here by a colleague from our Edgbaston campus as a thank you for some advice. She knows I like walking and a brisk hour on a sharp winter day wa highly enjoyable when finished off with a lovely lunch in the tea rooms. I will definitely return with my own family when the weather picks up as it deserved longer and had much I didn’t get to explore. Lovely place.

7. National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road | Bickenhill, Solihull, Birmingham B92 0EJ, England +44 121 704 2784
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4.5 based on 759 reviews

National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museums award winning facilities provides a truly unique venue for your conference, seminar, banquet or function. Breathtaking displays of literally hundreds of fully restored British motorcycles are on hand to provide an extra attraction to your delegates. We aim to offer more than a unique venue, however. We know that the success of any function is dependent upon the backing and support of an experienced and caring staff. 13 luxuriously appointed and newly renovated suites, ranging from just 5 to up to 1000 delegates offer the flexibility to suite most requirements. The National Motorcycle Museum is at the hub of the country’s motorway system and rail network, with Birmingham International railway station just five-minutes taxi ride away. Access from everywhere within the UK is direct and overseas visitors praise the excellent international services provided at Birmingham Airport, which is less than two miles in distance away. The National Exhibition Centre is also near the Museum complex and we offer vast car parking facilities.Many of our clients are ‘blue-chip’ companies from home and overseas. They come back to us time after time – we know you will too, and look forward to seeing you to discuss your requirements in the near future.

Reviewed By PGB2018 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

I dropped in during a few days visiting other things on a 3 day trip. I was a little surprised to see that most of the bikes are in better than new condition. Very easy to reach the museum. I made 2 complete circuits with a coffee stop in the middle. Allow 3 hours to do this place justice.

8. Soho House

5 Soho Avenue | Handsworth, Birmingham B18 5LB, England +44 121 348 8150
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4.5 based on 304 reviews

Soho House

Tour the home of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809,) made famous for his associations with James Watt and the Lunar Society, which left his mark on industrial development in Birmingham.

Reviewed By richardalan - Halesowen

This is part of the Birmingham Museums trust which covers a number of important and interesting houses etc in the outer parts of Birmingham. This is the house of Matthew Boulton, one of the triumverate of engineers/scientists who played significant roles on the development of...MoreThank you very much for your review, our volunteers are indeed very knowledgeable and we agree that a trip around Soho House accompanied by one is well worth it.

9. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd.

Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP, England +44 121 236 4455
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4.5 based on 288 reviews

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd.

Reviewed By LT170611 - Bridgnorth, United Kingdom

We were here to see Kneehigh Theatre's brilliant adaptation of Brief Encounter. Thoroughly enjoyed the show and the experience of visiting this top notch theatre. Only grumble - and it's not unique to this venue - is about the procession of morons who choose to go to their seats to coincide with the starting time of the production. On Saturday night they succeeded in delaying kick-off by almost ten minutes. We reckon all theatres need to sort this out. Still looking forward to our next visit though.

10. Broadway Casino

1-4 Broadway Plaza | 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8LP, England +44 121 456 5557
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

Broadway Casino

WELCOME TO Broadway CASINO, BIRMINGHAM'S LEADING INDEPENDENT CASINO. As well as our fantastic gaming floor and housing one of the leading poker rooms in the UK, we also have our beautiful fusion restaurant The Mirage and our stylish bar and lounge area the Manhattan Suite for all our guests to enjoy. So pay us a visit because we're so much more than just a casino.

Reviewed By busterSolihull - Solihull

Having visited Broadway Casino in August for a birthday party evening meal and having a very enjoyable night my wife and I decided to join with friends for the New Years Eve Menu (£30). Our meals of starter smoked salmon/giant prawn.. main.. monkfish wrapped in Parma ham/grilled halibut...desserts...lemon cheesecake/torta ameretto were good. The service was overall good but at sometimes slow ( to which they offered us a bottle of wine).
The entertainment of a trio ( very good lounge music) and a Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra tribute were very good for the evening.

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