Black Country Living Museum
Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
In Edgbaston, these are the Midlands' answer to Kew, with grand Victorian glasshouses full of flowers, cacti, palms and a collection of...
Runs popular walking tours and the hop-on/hop-off Big Brum Buz .
The Fighting Cocks
Just off Moseley High St, The Fighting Cocks has a lovely atmosphere and a great range of beers.
Don’t be put off by the faux Roman decor – the Balti here is good and authentic and the service very friendly.
Sarehole Mill information
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Built in the late 18th century, it was a favourite haunt of the young JRR Tolkien, who played here after his family moved to Birmingham in the late 1800s. It’s said the mill and nearby Moseley Bog provided inspiration for the Shire – home to Bilbo, Frodo and Samwise Gamgee in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Travel 5 miles south of the city on bus 11A, 11C or 11E to reach the mill. There you’ll see pulley wheels, sack hoists and lots of worn beams. Then look out for little folk with furry feet.