Top 5 places to visit in Birmingham

Birmingham is an action packed, fun-filled City, with plenty to see and do. To experience everything Birmingham has to offer would take a while, the local attractions and experiences are gaining in numbers as are the number of people wanting to visit them. If you are visiting Birmingham for a holiday, or a break away, the likelihood is you won’t have the time to experience everything, however, what you can do is visit the top 5 places in Birmingham.

View from the new Birmingham Library, Symphony Hall on the right.

What is considered to be the top 5 places to visit in Birmingham varies depending on who you ask, everyone’s list is different, therefore we decided to check with Trip Advisor for some good suggestions. Here are our the top 5 things to do and see in Birmingham:

1. Symphony Hall

symphony hall birmingham

This world famous and acoustically refined Concert Hall has a capacity of 2262 people and hosts a diverse range of concerts, shows and events, from jazz, folk, rock, pop and classical music concerts to dance recitals, educational and community performances, conferences, business meetings, graduation ceremonies and even major broadcasts.

2. The Library of Birmingham

The New Birmingham Library
The new Library of Birmingham

For an interesting and informative day out for the kids, visit The Library of Birmingham. With a pricetag of £189 m it’s the largest library in Europe, housing over a million books, 200 public access computers, music rooms, theatres and an exhibition gallery. It is situated on the west side of the city centre just short walk from Birmingham New Street station.


3. Birmingham back-to-backs

Back to Backs

Call to book your tour of the traditional Birmingham back-to-back houses, be shown around this historical site by your very own guide, and see how people in Birmingham used to live. Tour parties are made up of 8-10 people, booking is essential, with lots of narrow stairs to navigate this is not suitable for anybody with mobility problems.

4. Barber Institute of Fine Arts

This art museum was founded in 1932, since it has collated an impressive collection of 19th century art, including masterpieces from famous artists Gainsborough, Bellini, Simone Martini, Murillo and Rubens. Though this is a small museum, there is still plenty to see.

5. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham is considered the centre of Britain’s jewellery industry, this museum allows visitors to see 200 year history and the various crafting skills used, furthermore, visitors are given a tour of an original jewellery factory.

Other interesting places to visit in Birmingham are:

The Electric Cinema
The Sea Life Centre
Birmingham Hippodrome
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Old Iron Bridge
Birmingham Nature Centre
Thinktank Science Museum
National Motorcycle Museum
Grand Prix Karting

For an exciting and action packed city break, Birmingham is the place to visit.