City break fun in Birmingham
Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom and is a popular destination for all sorts of reasons. It may not be well-known as a tourist destination but this metropolis in the Midlands has a lot to offer all ages. It’s a great destination for a short city break or as part of a tour of the UK. There are a number of things to do and see in the city and on the outskirts too. The public transport is excellent so getting around is easy and cheap. Here’s a few ideas for the best things to visit in Birmingham.
A Trip to the Chocolate Factory
Cadbury chocolate was the UK’s most popular chocolate and made in Birmingham until it was taken over by Kraft. The Cadbury factory, known as Cadbury World, offered visitors a chance to see how the chocolate was made and the history of the company. Even though the company has now changed hands, Cadbury World is still open to the public and still tells the story of the company.
Museums in Birmingham
Birmingham has one of the biggest art galleries and museums in the country and is completely free for everyone. It offers a fun day out for the whole family as there are a number of activities for the children to do to stay entertained and learn more about different cultures and history. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located in the city center.
The Jewellery Quarter is in the heart of Birmingham and has a detailed history. There is the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter which tells the full story of how the Smith & Pepper factory started and ended during the 1900s. The majority of the museum is as it was left on the day the factory closed and it is like walking back in time to the 1980s.
Houses and Castles Around Birmingham
Weoley Castle is located on the outskirts of the city and is one that sits in ruin. The castle was built in the 12th century and changed hands a number of times until it was left for ruin in 1531. There are a number of volunteers working at the site of the castle to be able to shed more into the history of this medieval building.
Matthew Boulton is a well-known name in Birmingham and has a college in the city center named after him. He was an entrepreneur and industrialist and his home is now open as a museum. The house is a large Georgian manor and has been restored to offer the look of the late 18th to early 19th century.
Central Birmingham is a popular place to visit and there is plenty of shopping and fun activities for the whole family. The Bull Ring is a large shopping center which offers plenty of branded stores and restaurants to enjoy time out from all the sight-seeing.
Getting to Birmingham
Being the UK’s second biggest city it’s easy to get to from all over the UK. Train is the easiest leaving Euston Station in London very frequently. You can also get buses from most major cities around the UK. From London Victoria bus station it takes around 2.5 hours. If you’re hiring a car you can drive via the M1 or M6 motorways to get to Birmingham. Driving around central birmingham can be quite daunting if you’re new in town. Try using the “Park and ride” service to make your drive a little easier.