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Guidebook for Birmingham

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Guidebook for Birmingham

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Europe's largest public library, The Library of Birmingham provides a showcase for Birmingham's internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. Facilities include a state-of-the-art gallery space, opening up public access to the collections. It is also home to the BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.
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Library of Birmingham
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Europe's largest public library, The Library of Birmingham provides a showcase for Birmingham's internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books. Facilities include a state-of-the-art gallery space, opening up public access to the collections. It is also home to the BFI Mediatheque, providing free access to the National Film Archive.
Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed family day out at Cadbury World in Bournville, Birmingham!
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Cadbury World
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Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed family day out at Cadbury World in Bournville, Birmingham!
Home Of The Blues
St Andrew's
Home Of The Blues
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is an elegant building designed in 1893 by the noted architect Adolphus Druiding who very successfully combined Neo-Gothic Victorian lines with eclectic detailing, leading to a sense of grandeur through the proportion of the sanctuary and its intricate decoration.
St. Philip's Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is an elegant building designed in 1893 by the noted architect Adolphus Druiding who very successfully combined Neo-Gothic Victorian lines with eclectic detailing, leading to a sense of grandeur through the proportion of the sanctuary and its intricate decoration.
Arts & Culture
Home to the largest Pre-Raphaelite paintings collection in the world. This Museum first opened in 1885 and it exudes both in historic significance and artistic excellence, with its stunning architecture being Grade II listed. It is also home to the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found.
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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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Home to the largest Pre-Raphaelite paintings collection in the world. This Museum first opened in 1885 and it exudes both in historic significance and artistic excellence, with its stunning architecture being Grade II listed. It is also home to the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found.
There are a host of shows on at regular intervals with it being the longest-established of Britain's building-based theatre companies, hosting a wide range of drama in its three auditoria.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
There are a host of shows on at regular intervals with it being the longest-established of Britain's building-based theatre companies, hosting a wide range of drama in its three auditoria.
Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is acclaimed as one of the finest in Europe and is the home of an enchanting programme of performances. It is also the residence of the esteemed City Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra that has performed an extensive list of performances throughout their near 100 year history.
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Symphony Hall
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Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is acclaimed as one of the finest in Europe and is the home of an enchanting programme of performances. It is also the residence of the esteemed City Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra that has performed an extensive list of performances throughout their near 100 year history.
Exploring a vast range of mediums including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation, Ikon Gallery is an internationally acclaimed art museum which hosts exhibitions by some of the world’s leading practitioners. Today the venue presents a range of inspiring exhibitions, as well as organising events and workshops to further engage with the wider Birmingham community.
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Ikon Gallery
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Exploring a vast range of mediums including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation, Ikon Gallery is an internationally acclaimed art museum which hosts exhibitions by some of the world’s leading practitioners. Today the venue presents a range of inspiring exhibitions, as well as organising events and workshops to further engage with the wider Birmingham community.
Black Country Living Museum is an award winning open air living museum that tells the story of the world's first industrial landscape
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Black Country Living Museum
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Black Country Living Museum is an award winning open air living museum that tells the story of the world's first industrial landscape
Crescent Theatre
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco buildings. Whether you are enchanted by Monet, captivated by Rossetti or inspired by Van Gogh, the Barber houses one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK.
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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco buildings. Whether you are enchanted by Monet, captivated by Rossetti or inspired by Van Gogh, the Barber houses one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK.
Entertainment & Activities
A selection of tailored activities and entertainment that is worthwhile checking out
Great for families and rainy days with new exhibitions and events for people of all ages
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National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham
3 Brindley Pl
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Great for families and rainy days with new exhibitions and events for people of all ages
This is the oldest running cinema in the country that offers a unique and iconic movie-going experience from running the classics, screenings of significant events and more.
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The Electric Cinema
47 Station Street
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This is the oldest running cinema in the country that offers a unique and iconic movie-going experience from running the classics, screenings of significant events and more.
Crazy Golf, Cocktails, Street Food & DJs In The Custard Factory, what more do you want?
Ghetto Golf Birmingham
Crazy Golf, Cocktails, Street Food & DJs In The Custard Factory, what more do you want?
A unique experience where you'll be slinging axes side by side against your friends or colleagues, hitting bullseyes and cheering on your mates. All backed up with great music and atmosphere and a chance to socialise between throws. See who is the master of axe throwing!
Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing – Birmingham
93-99 Holloway Head
A unique experience where you'll be slinging axes side by side against your friends or colleagues, hitting bullseyes and cheering on your mates. All backed up with great music and atmosphere and a chance to socialise between throws. See who is the master of axe throwing!
Tilt is a multi-functional space that explores and celebrates the concepts of Craft Beer, Specialty Coffee and Pinball!
Tilt
2 Union St
Tilt is a multi-functional space that explores and celebrates the concepts of Craft Beer, Specialty Coffee and Pinball!
Delta Force Paintball Birmingham is firmly in the front-lines of paintball game zone design. Delta Force Paintball's centres feature a variety of amazing props including tanks, cars, aircraft and other military vehicles. This includes; WWII forts, Vietcong villages, double-decker buses and much more across the UK. At Birmingham Paintball, you can find all the best paintball game zones and the latest paintball equipment – perfect for delivering the ultimate adrenaline-fuelled experience to avid paintballers! Delta Force issues all the best paintball equipment at the start of the day. A full SAS style overalls with a padded collar and full head protection goggles. They also provide body armour, 200 round hopper, added battle-pack and Inferno paintball gun. All included in your entry and equipment price.
Delta Force Paintball Birmingham
Delta Force Paintball Birmingham is firmly in the front-lines of paintball game zone design. Delta Force Paintball's centres feature a variety of amazing props including tanks, cars, aircraft and other military vehicles. This includes; WWII forts, Vietcong villages, double-decker buses and much more across the UK. At Birmingham Paintball, you can find all the best paintball game zones and the latest paintball equipment – perfect for delivering the ultimate adrenaline-fuelled experience to avid paintballers! Delta Force issues all the best paintball equipment at the start of the day. A full SAS style overalls with a padded collar and full head protection goggles. They also provide body armour, 200 round hopper, added battle-pack and Inferno paintball gun. All included in your entry and equipment price.
Food Scene
Come here for the best steak in Birmingham
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Fiesta del Asado - Edgbaston Argentinean Steak Restaurant & Latin Cocktail Bar
229 Hagley Rd
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Come here for the best steak in Birmingham
Authentic soul food in the heart of the city
Turtle Bay Birmingham
81-91 John Bright St
Authentic soul food in the heart of the city
The best burger joint in the city, bar none
Original Patty Men
9 Shaw's Passage
The best burger joint in the city, bar none
A Michelin starred restaurant that does not disappoint
Simpsons Restaurant
A Michelin starred restaurant that does not disappoint
Contemporary European and British cuisine, great before catching a show
Purnells
55 Cornwall St
Contemporary European and British cuisine, great before catching a show
Come to the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK, and the biggest German market outside Germany and Austria. Here is home to a range of British stalls with crafts, hot food and food to take home, complete with an ice rink and big wheel
German Market
Come to the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK, and the biggest German market outside Germany and Austria. Here is home to a range of British stalls with crafts, hot food and food to take home, complete with an ice rink and big wheel
An independent and cosy coffee shop awarded the Certificate Of Excellence on TripAdvisor with freshly made pastries and cakes
Faculty Coffee
An independent and cosy coffee shop awarded the Certificate Of Excellence on TripAdvisor with freshly made pastries and cakes
Considered to be one of the best coffee shop in Birmingham, with coffee roasted to your liking, free parking on site as well as being awarded the Certificate Of Excellence on TripAdvisor
Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters
Considered to be one of the best coffee shop in Birmingham, with coffee roasted to your liking, free parking on site as well as being awarded the Certificate Of Excellence on TripAdvisor
Enjoy breakfast and brunch with healthy and organic options freshly made daily
Boston Tea Party Birmingham
190 Corporation St
Enjoy breakfast and brunch with healthy and organic options freshly made daily
In here, it's always Friday
TGI Fridays
180 Hagley Rd
In here, it's always Friday
Traditional Indian plates & craft cocktails are the specialty at this vibrant, colourful restaurant.
tamatanga
Traditional Indian plates & craft cocktails are the specialty at this vibrant, colourful restaurant.
Drinks & Nightlife
Vibrant bar right in the middle of Birmingham's night life scene with a large selection of drinks and cocktails. Great for large groups.
Revolution Birmingham
Vibrant bar right in the middle of Birmingham's night life scene with a large selection of drinks and cocktails. Great for large groups.
Be At One do not mess around when it comes to cocktails. Championing good times, this cool Birmingham bar will complete your night with great music, fun atmospheres and a serious happy hour.
Be At One - Birmingham
Be At One do not mess around when it comes to cocktails. Championing good times, this cool Birmingham bar will complete your night with great music, fun atmospheres and a serious happy hour.
Nostalgic by nature, the Night Owl in Digbeth hopes to bring Funk and Soul back to the foreground of Birmingham's nightlife scene. Beautifully decorated with vintage records, retro disco balls and classic typewriters, the venue's resident DJs play all the best 60s, 70s and 80s tracks.
The Night Owl
17 Lower Trinity St
Nostalgic by nature, the Night Owl in Digbeth hopes to bring Funk and Soul back to the foreground of Birmingham's nightlife scene. Beautifully decorated with vintage records, retro disco balls and classic typewriters, the venue's resident DJs play all the best 60s, 70s and 80s tracks.
This part-pub, part-gin palace sits prettily on the canal and offers up a series of great gins and craft beers.
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The Distillery
4 Sheepcote St
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This part-pub, part-gin palace sits prettily on the canal and offers up a series of great gins and craft beers.
Taking on the style of an American diner, Buffalo & Rye serves up beefy bourbons and Southern inspired cocktails, combined with a laid back atmosphere.
Buffalo & Rye
11 Bennett's Hill
Taking on the style of an American diner, Buffalo & Rye serves up beefy bourbons and Southern inspired cocktails, combined with a laid back atmosphere.
From their bespoke and tailored cocktail lists to the Victorian gin parlour upstairs. With themes of Alice in Wonderland, this pub is fun and frivolous. Make sure that you visit that Gin Parlour too; from vintage nit-bits to over 50 different gins, it's one of the most unique places to drink in Birmingham.
Jekyll & Hyde
From their bespoke and tailored cocktail lists to the Victorian gin parlour upstairs. With themes of Alice in Wonderland, this pub is fun and frivolous. Make sure that you visit that Gin Parlour too; from vintage nit-bits to over 50 different gins, it's one of the most unique places to drink in Birmingham.
Bacchus makes the grade thanks to its sheer wackiness. It’s one of those places that’s always fun to duck into with a visiting friend, if only to watch their reaction to the extravagant décor within. The venue is tucked away on the basement floor of the Burlington Arcade, a complex of hotels and shops in the centre of town, and located on one of Birmingham’s oldest streets. Dating back to 1398, this is a pub that’s taken the historical theme of the area and ran wild with it.
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Bacchus Bar
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Bacchus makes the grade thanks to its sheer wackiness. It’s one of those places that’s always fun to duck into with a visiting friend, if only to watch their reaction to the extravagant décor within. The venue is tucked away on the basement floor of the Burlington Arcade, a complex of hotels and shops in the centre of town, and located on one of Birmingham’s oldest streets. Dating back to 1398, this is a pub that’s taken the historical theme of the area and ran wild with it.
Welcome to the year-long beer festival that never stops. A familiar feature in CAMRA guides, The Anchor stocks a mind-boggling number of regularly rotating beers, ales (with a particular speciality in hard-to-find English traditional ales), draft ciders and perrys. The Anchor is big on organic, so expect oodles of choice in that department too.
The Anchor Digbeth
308 Bradford St
Welcome to the year-long beer festival that never stops. A familiar feature in CAMRA guides, The Anchor stocks a mind-boggling number of regularly rotating beers, ales (with a particular speciality in hard-to-find English traditional ales), draft ciders and perrys. The Anchor is big on organic, so expect oodles of choice in that department too.
This Louisiana-themed establishment calls itself "a pub with a twist" and takes inspiration from the soulful, laid-back culture of New Orleans and Cajun country. The atmosphere is chilled out and sophisticated, and the décor is brilliantly rustic and vintage at the same time. New Orleans classics fill the cocktail menu. Try the mint julep: a refreshing bourbon and mint mix that’s the ultimate Deep South cooler.
The Church Inn
22 Great Hampton St
This Louisiana-themed establishment calls itself "a pub with a twist" and takes inspiration from the soulful, laid-back culture of New Orleans and Cajun country. The atmosphere is chilled out and sophisticated, and the décor is brilliantly rustic and vintage at the same time. New Orleans classics fill the cocktail menu. Try the mint julep: a refreshing bourbon and mint mix that’s the ultimate Deep South cooler.
This classic white villa just outside the city centre is home to a smart bar, substantial restaurant and multiple outdoor spaces. Try the Grand Gin as an aperitif or your just-because refresher. A large measure of Langley’s No. 8 is served with plenty of ice, fruit, juniper berries and a premium tonic of your choice and the results are as tart as they are tasty.
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The High Field
22 Highfield Rd
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This classic white villa just outside the city centre is home to a smart bar, substantial restaurant and multiple outdoor spaces. Try the Grand Gin as an aperitif or your just-because refresher. A large measure of Langley’s No. 8 is served with plenty of ice, fruit, juniper berries and a premium tonic of your choice and the results are as tart as they are tasty.
Built in 1862 and designed by Julius Alfred Chatwin (who also contributed to the design of St. Philip’s Cathedral opposite), the grade II listed Old Joint Stock started out as a parson’s library before being turned into the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank. Many decades later, this eye-catching building now houses both a stylish bar that attracts suited financial workers and a small black box studio.
The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre Venue
4 Temple Row W
Built in 1862 and designed by Julius Alfred Chatwin (who also contributed to the design of St. Philip’s Cathedral opposite), the grade II listed Old Joint Stock started out as a parson’s library before being turned into the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank. Many decades later, this eye-catching building now houses both a stylish bar that attracts suited financial workers and a small black box studio.
Chesterfields, Victorian tiles, a full-size red telephone booth and an illuminated tree are just some of the things you’ll find at Bitters ’n Twisted’s JQ outpost. With regular happy hours lasting distinctly longer than 60 minutes, you can afford to take a risk and try something outside of the ordinary, like the Aero Martini—creme de menthe shaken with white chocolate liquor and cream.
Rose Villa Tavern
172 Warstone Ln
Chesterfields, Victorian tiles, a full-size red telephone booth and an illuminated tree are just some of the things you’ll find at Bitters ’n Twisted’s JQ outpost. With regular happy hours lasting distinctly longer than 60 minutes, you can afford to take a risk and try something outside of the ordinary, like the Aero Martini—creme de menthe shaken with white chocolate liquor and cream.
Flight Club have reinvented darts for the twenty first century, developing a range of fast and exciting multi-player games, built to bring people together and designed to keep you unexpectedly hooked, insatiably entertained and full of joy. Whether you’re an expert darts sniper or a total beginner, everyone has a chance to win when they step up to one of their multiple throw lines.
Flight Club Birmingham
13 Temple St
Flight Club have reinvented darts for the twenty first century, developing a range of fast and exciting multi-player games, built to bring people together and designed to keep you unexpectedly hooked, insatiably entertained and full of joy. Whether you’re an expert darts sniper or a total beginner, everyone has a chance to win when they step up to one of their multiple throw lines.
Parks & Nature
Cannon Hill Park is made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation. Visitors can fish, rent a pedalo, or enjoy a game of tennis or mini golf, and there are two children’s play areas on site as well as a mini fun-fair on weekends. In summer, Cannon Hill Park hosts the annual Foodies Festival, as well as a host of other family events.
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Cannon Hill Park
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Cannon Hill Park is made up of 80 acres of formal parkland and 120 acres of conservation and woodland plantation. Visitors can fish, rent a pedalo, or enjoy a game of tennis or mini golf, and there are two children’s play areas on site as well as a mini fun-fair on weekends. In summer, Cannon Hill Park hosts the annual Foodies Festival, as well as a host of other family events.
Being one of Birmingham’s best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of our four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforest to arid desert, playground, tearoom and garden gift shop all surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK.
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The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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Being one of Birmingham’s best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of our four stunning glasshouses showing tropical rainforest to arid desert, playground, tearoom and garden gift shop all surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK.
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is home to a unique collection of animals from across the world, including Red Pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a large collection of monkeys. Some of our animals are endangered in the wild and we play an important role their species’ conservation.
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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is home to a unique collection of animals from across the world, including Red Pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a large collection of monkeys. Some of our animals are endangered in the wild and we play an important role their species’ conservation.
A beautiful 600-acre park with 15 boating and fishing lakes, plus bird-watching hides, walking and bike trails.
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Kingsbury Water Park
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A beautiful 600-acre park with 15 boating and fishing lakes, plus bird-watching hides, walking and bike trails.
Essentials
Tesco Express
This Petrol Station also houses a COSTA Coffee and a SPAR. Located at Cranford St, Smethwick B66 2RX
Jet Petrol Station
This Petrol Station also houses a COSTA Coffee and a SPAR. Located at Cranford St, Smethwick B66 2RX