A Day in Birmingham

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Are you taking a day trip to Birmingham? If this is your first visit, you’re in for a treat. While it’s seen a surge in popularity in recent years, thanks to the hugely successful BBC show, Peaky Blinders.

But while it might be on your bucket list because of this gritty portrayal of post-World War One Birmingham, there’s also a diverse range of attractions and experiences waiting to be discovered.

To help you plan your day in the UK’s Second City, read on.

Getting there

As it’s the largest city outside of London, Birmingham is well connected. On average you can get to 90 per cent of the UK from the city in under four hours.

There are several ways to get there, but it’s worth planning your day so that you can avoid the congestion that’s common here. Instead, you can hop on the train to Birmingham to get your day trip started.

What to see

There’s so much to see and do in this diverse city in the heart of the West Midlands. There are over 600 public parks and if curry’s your thing, Birmingham is the birthplace of the Balti so you can take your pick from over 100 Balti houses.

Here are some more inspired ideas for your day trip:

  • Peaky Blinders

We’ve already mentioned that Peaky Blinders was filmed here. If you’re a fan, you can indulge in some activities that are inspired by the show. Visit the Black Country Living Museum, where you can see one of the major filming locations up close. Or there are walking tours that take you to some familiar spots.

Balti curry

Balti curry image by Joanna Wielgosz from Pixabay

  • Brindleyplace and the Canal Quarter

Take your Birmingham adventure canal side when you head to Brindleyplace. Home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, this area is perfect if you’re a foodie. Tuck into some delicious cuisine while enjoying the picturesque canal views.

For those intrigued by marine life, the National Sea Life Centre offers a fascinating underwater journey, showcasing an array of sea creatures. You’ll find the Ikon Gallery here too. This internationally acclaimed art venue is home to captivating exhibitions.

  • Legoland Discovery Centre

A visit to Legoland Discovery Centre in Birmingham promises a day of fun and creativity. This attraction is ideal for children and adults alike, featuring interactive rides, live shows, and, of course, endless Lego-building opportunities. Unleash your inner architect as you explore different areas and join themed events.

  • Mosley Bog

Step into the magical realm of J.R.R. Tolkien by visiting Mosley Bog, the inspiration behind the Shire in “The Lord of the Rings”. Nestled in the heart of Birmingham, this tranquil and enchanting nature reserve provides a serene escape from the urban hustle. Stroll through the lush greenery and immerse yourself in the landscapes that sparked the imagination of one of the world’s greatest fantasy authors.

  • Cadbury World

Venture to the outskirts of the city for a sweet treat at Cadbury World, England’s premier chocolate-focused attraction. Unleash your inner chocoholic as you explore the interactive exhibits, learn about the chocolate-making process, and indulge in delightful tastings. From the history of the cocoa bean to the story behind iconic Cadbury creations, this immersive experience is a treat for the senses.

Birmingham is a vibrant destination, filled with attractions and sights that will keep everyone entertained. Where will you go on your day trip in the city?

Top image of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre by Nick Stafford from Pixabay

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