Rediscover Birmingham attractions

Birmingham, England's second city, was at the heart of the industrial revolution - so much so that it was once nicknamed the 'Workshop of the World'. However, Birmingham has been largely overlooked by tourists, who often visit the city only as a gateway to exploring its historic surrounds (like Shropshire, Warwick, and Stratford-Upon-Avon). But Birmingham has many attractions of its own...

First up it's Cadbury World. Yes it's a little tacky and not as informative as they have you believe, but it smells soooo good. A few free samples are thrown in and then you're let loose in the world's biggest Cadbury shop. Num num num!

Thinktank Planetarium is a really amazing interactive space. It houses the UK's first purpose built digital planetarium and over 200 hands-on science and technology displays.

If the weather is good, take a walk to Winterbourne House and Garden. It's only minutes from the city centre, but you'll feel a million miles away. Some of the many highlights include the woodland walk, the hazelnut tunnel, the 1930s Japanese bridge and the beautifully preserved Edwardian house.

Shopaholics and history buffs shouldn't miss the city's Jewellery Quarter and the surprisingly good Jewellery Museum.

Has exploring all those Birmingham attractions caused you to work up an appetite? Birmingham's famous Balti Triangle is home to over fifty authentic restaurants, dishing out the spicy dish that was perfected in Brum. This area is a melting pot of cultures and flavours, and houses many unique, family run shops and eateries. If your sweet tooth didn't get its fill at Cadbury World, visit the Lahore Sweet Shop on Ladypool Road.

One of the most popular of all Birmingham attractions is the city's nightlife. Some of the most popular clubs include:

  • Ramshackle
  • Snobs
  • Oceana
  • Risa
  • Gatecrasher
  • Rococo Lounge
  • Indi Bar
  • Nightingales
  • Rainbow Warehouse
  • PST
  • Hare and Hounds
  • Bull's Head

Many of these clubs have nightly events, such as entry offers and visiting DJs.

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