Birmingham in

Two Days

Start off in the city centre, dropping into the eclectic Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Walk west through Centenary Sq, stopping to check out the Library of Birmingham before reaching the Birmingham Canals. From here you can take a canal cruise or while away an afternoon at the National Sea Life Centre or Ikon Gallery. Dine at one of Birmingham's cutting-edge restaurants, such as Adam's. On day two, indulge your inner shopaholic at the gleaming shopping malls of the Bullring and Mailbox, which both have good options for lunch. In the afternoon, catch up on some social history at the museum Birmingham Back to Backs. After dark, kick off a pub crawl at the Lost & Found.

Four Days

On day three, head north of the city centre to Aston Hall and Soho House, or south to the famous Barber Institute of Fine Arts. End the day with a show at the Repertory Theatre or a concert at the Symphony Hall. Use day four to explore the fascinating Jewellery Quarter and spend the afternoon reliving Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fantasies at Cadbury World.