Birmingham Activities

  • Canals and waterways covering 56 miles
  • Heritage buildings and castles
  • World-class galleries and museums of all kinds
  • Hippodrome, Symphony Orchestra, Ballet and Opera
  • Botanical, zoological and adventure parks
  • National Sea Life Centre
  • Horse race tracks within easy reach
  • 50 annual festivals
  • Exciting nightlife

Birmingham lies in the very heart of England, located in the West Midlands. It is the second largest city in Britain.

Somewhat surprisingly, the city is the greenest in the UK with 8,000 acres of parks of which Sutton Park is the largest.

There are more Michelin starred restaurants in Birmingham than any other city outside London, and it also has the highest quality of life outside of the capital.

Locals are known as “Brummies” which comes from the city’s original name Brummagem.  They have a very distinctive dialect and accent.

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Redpoint Climbing Centre
77 Cecil Street
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 0.32 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Indoor Climbing, Climbing Wall, Climbing...
Grand Prix Karting
1 Adderley Road South
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 1.18 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Go Karting...
Grafham Water Centre
Birmingham Wheels Adderley Road South
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 1.19 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Go Karting...
Sherborne Wharf Ltd
Sherborne Wharf Sherborne Street
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 1.34 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canal Boating...
Edgbaston Watersports
Edgbaston Reservoir Icknield Port Road
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 1.84 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Canoeing, Caving, Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Powerboating, Rowing, Sailing Schools, Windsurfing...
Ackers Adventure
Ackers Adventure Base Camp Golden Hillock Road
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 2.08 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Orienteering, Skiing, Snowboarding...
Lazer Combat Birmingham
The Raceway Birmingham Unit 7-10 Park Lane Industrial Estate Park Lane
Oldbury, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 5.26 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Laser Quest, Laser Combat...
Acorn Travel Group
Acorn House Prospect Road
Halesowen, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 6.75 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hiking, Windsurfing, Sailing Schools, Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, Dragon Boat Racing...
Midland Cycle Hire
Forrell Green
Birmingham, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 7.19 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Tandem Biking, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling...
6th Gear Experience Ltd
Unit 28|| Roman Way
Coleshill, Warwickshire
DISTANCE: 7.62 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Advanced Driving Course...
National Paintball Fields – Bassetts Pole
Trickley Coppice London Road
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 8.58 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Airsoft, Bushcraft Course, Laser Combat, Paintball, Quad Trekking, Special Forces Training...
Defensive Driver Training Group
Tudor House 2 Worcester Street
Stourbridge, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 11.09 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Advanced Driving Course, Skid Control...
Blackwell Adventure
Blackwell Court Agmore Road
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
DISTANCE: 11.13 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Assault Course, Canoeing, Climbing, Climbing Wall, Go Karting, Grass Sledging,...
Heart of England
Meriden Road Fillongley Near Meriden
Coventry, West Midlands
DISTANCE: 11.39 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Raft Building, Its a Knockout, Tyrolean Traverse...
Hereford Shooting School Ltd
Brockhill Lane
Redditch, Worcestershire
DISTANCE: 11.97 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Shooting Range, Clay Pigeon Shooting...

History

There are many historical places of interest to visit in and around Birmingham.

Due to its central location, the city was the cradle of the industrial revolution in the region known as the Black Country which is famous for its coal mines. There is an open air museum with costume characters dedicated to the Black Country.

The Jewellery Quarter dates back 250 years and is a national epicenter for jewellery design with 40% of the UK’s jewellery originating here.

Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford upon Avon, is located only an hour away and well worth the visit.

You can follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien to Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog where he was inspired to write The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Soho House is of Georgian architecture and is where the Lunar Society used to meet.  This was a group of great inventors, writers and designers.

The Back to Back houses were restored in the 19th century and shows how working class people used to live.

Aston Hall, built in 1618-1635, it is one of the last great Jacobean houses in the country and well work a visit.

Entertainment

Birmingham is built on a canal system which is larger than Venice.  The first canal opened in 1739.

There are at least 50 festivals yearly ranging from art to jazz, offering something for everyone.

The Birmingham Hippodrome sells more theatre seats than anywhere in Britain. The Symphony Hall is home to the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Ballet has been established here for 25 years.

The National Sea Life Centre has a transparent walkway through a million litre tank of ocean water which contains over 1,000 creatures ranging from Hammerhead sharks to rays and seahorses.

There are at least ten racetracks within 50 miles of the city.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world with 2,000 pieces.

The Think Tank Science Museum is full of hands-on activities and a fun day out for all the family.

Birmingham is the home of Cadbury’s chocolate, established in 1879. A visit to Cadbury’s World will show you how chocolate is made and you can even try it for yourself.

Parks & Beaches

Birmingham is the greenest city in England with over 8,000 acres of park land. There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor activity either on the lakes or cycling or walking through the parks.

Other activities include:

  • fishing
  • river rafting
  • sailing
  • kayaking,
  • windsurfing
  • waterskiing
  • wake boarding
  • paddleboat
  • rowing
  • canoeing
  • indoor ski slopes.

Birmingham is land-locked but the nearest beach is located at Weston-Super-Mare which is only 1 hour and 50 minutes from the city and has a superb long beach.

The UK’s first forest adventure park is located at Cannock Chase and Wyre Forest, complete with zip wires and Tarzan swings.

Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve goes back to the Silurian era of 400 million years ago when this area was covered by coral reefs and tropical seas.  There are more than 700 fossils, 186 of which were discovered at this location.

The Botanical Gardens were established in 1824 and contain 15 acres of plants and trees.

Nightlife

Birmingham has the youngest population of any city in the World with 40% under 25 which ensures a vibrant lifestyle.

With such a prominent young population, there is a wide variety of nightlife available – bars, clubs, music, dance venues and comedy clubs like ‘Glee’.  Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are from Birmingham.

Travel

Birmingham is Britain’s second largest city and is located in the West Midlands, which is a central point in the country and easily accessible by air, rail, bus or car.

The city is easily accessible by rail (New Station has just had a total revamp), road and air making it an ideal meeting point for friends, where culture, creativity and commerce all combine to make this an exciting place to be.

Summary

Visitors will see that Birmingham has come a very long way since the days when Queen Victoria used to order the Royal train’s blinds be drawn as she passed regally through the area!

England’s second city is a modern and thriving metropolis, offering something for all tastes.

Its industrial history hides it’s present as the greenest in the UK with over 8,000 acres of parks for adventure-lovers to enjoy.

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