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Things to do in Birmingham

Art lovers will find plenty to admire in Birmingham's city centre from pre-Raphaelites at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to innovative visuals at the Ikon Gallery. Explore the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and admire the statues on Victoria Square. Head east to Millennium Point for the innovative Thinktank museum or to the southern suburbs for chocoholic haven, Cadbury World. Most city museums are free with some closed on Mondays.

Brindleyplace and Canalside, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    Middle Eastern treasures and one of the world's largest pre-Raphaelite collections are among highlights of the centrally-located Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The Waterhall Gallery of Modern Art, 19th-century Round Room and impressive Edwardian Tea Room are worth a visit.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm (from 10.30am Fri & 12.30pm Sun)

    Address

    Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 303 2834

    Transport

    Train to New Street station

    Website

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Website

  2. 2. Ikon Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Courtesy of the Ikon Gallery

    The Ikon Gallery, housed in a neo-gothic school in Brindleyplace, is home to innovative modern art exhibitions, an excellent specialist shop and renowned Spanish restaurant. Ride the quirky lift where the voice gets higher as you ascend.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 11am-6pm (open Bank Holidays)

    Address

    1, Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 248 0708

    Transport

    Train to New Street station and then a 10-minute walk.

    Website

    Ikon Gallery Website

  3. 3. St Pauls Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    St Paul's Gallery, Birmingham. Photo by Neil Robinson, © St Paul's Gallery

    From Picasso to Warhol, the Jewellery Quarter's St Pauls Gallery has an impressive collection of modern art. It is renowned for signed, album-cover artwork from iconic musicians like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-4pm

    Address

    94-108, Northwood Street, Birmingham B3 1TH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 236 5800

    Transport

    Midlands Metro tram to St Paul's station

    Website

    St Pauls Gallery Website

  4. 4. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    Hockley's Museum of the Jewellery Quarter retraces Birmingham's 250-year-old jewellery and metalworking legacy with live demonstrations, workshop recreations and pre-booked factory tours. Buy antique to contemporary trinkets from the museum's shop or wander the unique district's 200 listed buildings.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 10.30am-4pm

    Address

    75-79, Vyse St, Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 554 3598

    Transport

    Midlands Metro tram to Jewellery Quarter station or 15-minute walk from Snow Hill station.

    Website

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Website

Attractions

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  1. 5. Birmingham Back to Backs - Attractions

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    Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    Back to Backs, Birmingham's last remaining city-centre National Trust-restored back-to-back housing, reflects four periods from 1840 to 1977. Experience the lives of its residents and stock up at the 1930s sweetshop for nostalgia's sake. Advance booking is recommended.Show this on map

    Cost

    £5.15; children £2.60; family £12.90

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays but closed next day

    Address

    50-54, Inge Street and 55-63, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TE

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 666 7671

    Transport

    Train to New Street station

    Website

    National Trust Website

  2. 6. Cadbury World - Attractions

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    Cadbury World, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    Chocoholics flock to Cadbury World, four miles from central Birmingham, to sample fresh liquid chocolate, explore its Aztec origins, browse the world's biggest Cadbury shop, ride the Beanmobile and chase Creme Eggs in Cadbury World Essence. Advance booking is recommended.Show this on map

    Cost

    £13.45; children £10.10; concessions £10.30; under 4s free

    Opening hours

    Opening hours vary throughout the year

    Address

    Linden Rd, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LU

    Telephone

    + 44 (0) 845 450 3599

    Transport

    Cross-City Line (southern section) from New Street to Bournville station

    Website

    Cadbury World Website

  3. 7. Thinktank - Attractions

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    Thinktank, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    Ten inspirational galleries explore science, history and the world in Thinktank at Millennium Point. They include Power Up's incredible steam engines, and City Stories exploring Birmingham past and future. Enjoy the state-of-the-art Planetarium and surround-sound IMAX cinema.Show this on map

    Cost

    £9; children (3-15 years) & concessions £7.15; family £27.40

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 202 2222

    Transport

    Train to Moor Street station

    Website

    Thinktank Website

Special things to do

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  1. 8. Brindleyplace and Canalside - Special things to do

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    Brindleyplace and Canalside, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    With reportedly more canals than Venice, Birmingham Canal Navigations offer alternative city views from 15 miles of towpath. Start at Brindleyplace's canalside bars, shops and galleries and walk towards Gas Street basin lined with narrow boats. Dinner cruises are popular.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily

    Address

    Brindleyplace, Convention Quarter, Birmingham B1 2JF

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 643 6866

    Transport

    Train to New Street station then 10-minute walk

    Website

    Brindleyplace Website

  2. 9. Victoria Square - Special things to do

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    Victoria Square, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham

    The Grade I-listed Town Hall, a restored neo-classical music venue which re-opened in 2007 following a £35m renovation, dominates Victoria Square, Birmingham's main piazza. Stop to admire the quirky Floozie in the Jacuzzi sculpture and Iron: Man by Antony Gormley.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 121 780 3333

    Transport

    Train to New Street station

    Website

    Birmingham Website

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