Attractions

Top Choice Library in Birmingham

Library of Birmingham

Resembling a glittering stack of gift-wrapped presents, the Francine Houben–designed Library of Birmingham is an architectural triumph. Opened in 2013, it features a subterranean amphitheatre, spiralling interior, v…
Top Choice Gallery in Birmingham

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

At the University of Birmingham, 3 miles south of the centre, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts has an astonishing collection of Renaissance masterpieces; European masters such as Rubens and Van Dyck; British greats…
Museum in Birmingham

Cadbury World

The next best thing to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is Cadbury World, 4 miles south of Birmingham. It aims to educate visitors about the history of cocoa and the Cadbury family, but sweetens the deal with free sa…
Arts Centre in Birmingham

Custard Factory

Just over a mile southeast of the centre, Digbeth's creative quarter centres on the Custard Factory, a hip art and design enclave set in the converted buildings of the factory that once churned out British favourite…
Aquarium in Birmingham

National Sea Life Centre

The Sir Norman Foster–designed National Sea Life Centre is England's largest inland aquarium. Its tanks teem with exotic marine life including razor-jawed hammerhead sharks, turtles and otters. Prepurchase tickets o…
Museum in Birmingham

Soho House

Situated 1.5 miles northwest of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Soho House is where industrialist Matthew Boulton lived from 1766 to 1809. Among the restored 18th-century chambers is the dining room where Boulton an…
Historic Building in Birmingham

Birmingham Back to Backs

Quirky tours of this cluster of restored back-to-back terraced houses take you through four working-class homes, telling the stories of those who lived here between the 1840s and the 1970s. Book ahead by phone for t…
Museum in Birmingham

Thinktank

A 10-minute walk northeast of the centre, surrounded by the footprints of vanished factories, the Millennium Point development incorporates this entertaining and ambitious attempt to make science accessible to child…
Museum in Birmingham

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

The Smith & Pepper jewellery factory is preserved as it was on its closing day in 1981 after 80 years of operation. Guided tours lasting around one hour explain the long history of the trade in Birmingham and le…
Historic Building in Birmingham

Aston Hall

Set in lush grounds 3 miles north of the centre, this well-preserved hall was built in extravagant Jacobean style between 1618 and 1635. The sumptuous interiors are full of friezes, moulded ceilings and tapestries. …