Top things to do

Top Choice Pub in Birmingham

Jekyll & Hyde

Potent cocktails (or rather 'elixirs, concoctions and potions') at this trippy spot are served in sweets jars, watering cans, teapots and miniature bathtubs – even a wash bag (with rum-mint toothpaste and Kaffir lim…
Top Choice Modern British in Birmingham


It's worth the 2.5-mile journey southwest of the centre to this gorgeous Georgian mansion in leafy Edgbaston for sensational Michelin-starred menus (kids and vegetarians catered for). You can also stay in one of fou…
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…
Top Choice Coffee in Birmingham

Jake's Coffee Box

A classic red British telephone box on a pedestrian laneway has been ingeniously repurposed as a tiny coffee bar, where Jake brews espressos, flat whites, Americanos, cappuccinos and lattes using Birmingham-roasted …
Live Music in Birmingham

Sunflower Lounge

This quirky little indie bar matches a magnificent alternative soundtrack with a regular program of live gigs and DJ nights.
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…