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…
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…
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. …
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…
Cathedral in Birmingham

Birmingham Cathedral

Dedicated to St Philip, this small but perfectly formed cathedral was constructed in a neoclassical style between 1709 and 1715. Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones was responsible for the magnificent stained-g…
Museum in Birmingham


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…
Arts Centre in Birmingham

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

Local artists and artisans have exhibited their work at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists since 1814.
Gallery in Birmingham

Ikon Gallery

Within the glitzy Brindley Pl development of banking offices and designer restaurants, a converted Gothic schoolhouse contains the cutting-edge Ikon Gallery. Prepare to be thrilled, bemused or outraged, depending on…
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

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…