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Birmingham Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, is filled to the brim with surprises. With a vast culinary scene, graceful historic attractions, modern masterpieces and enough shops to send you to retail heaven, planning a trip to this city can be challenging. That’s why we’ve narrowed down an amazing itinerary with our Birmingham Vacation Travel Guide video. The video takes viewers on a virtual tour of the city, with footage of exciting attractions, mouthwatering dishes and happening neighborhoods. So, sit back, relax and let our travel guide be your ultimate Birmingham trip planner.


Ideas of places to visit in Birmingham

If you want to start discovering the best spots to visit in the city, browse through the Birmingham attractions below. These places to visit are listed in order of their appearance in the Birmingham Vacation Travel Guide video so you can plan your travel itinerary with ease.


Warwick Castle, Birmingham

Warwick Castle

(1:05 in the video) A 40-minute drive from the city center is Warwick Castle. With a history stretching back almost 11 centuries, the castle is older than the city itself. If you’re traveling from London, you’ll pass close by the castle, so why not make this your first stop on the trip to Birmingham.


Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

(2:11 in the video) Delve into the city’s culture of innovation at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. With hands-on exhibits showcasing the history of modern technology, as well as collections that point forward into humankind’s new frontiers of knowledge, Thinktank is an exciting place to visit for the whole family..


The Bullring and Grand Central Birmingham Shopping District, UK

The Bullring & Grand Central Birmingham

(2:32 in the video) If you’re planning a trip to Birmingham, you’ll have to allocate at least one day for shopping. Your first shopping stop should be the Bullring and Grand Central. These are two of the top retail centers in the city. If you’re not a fan of shopping but feel like sightseeing, these centers also display some of the city’s best architecture.


Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Jewellery Quarter

(2:50 in the video) If you love exploring happening neighborhoods while on vacation, add the Jewellery Quarter to your travel itinerary. An urban village blooming out of the remnants of a jewelry manufacturing district, the Jewellery Quarter now boasts some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes. Not only that but the craft of jewelry manufacturing is still alive and well here, so why not browse for a unique piece to take home?


Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

(3:18 in the video) If you’re interested in the history of this vibrant neighborhood, pay a visit to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Featuring demonstrations in perfectly preserved workshops, the museum is a significant insight into Birmingham’s history of culture and trade.


Digbeth, Birmingham, UK - Street Art, Graffiti

Digbeth

(3:34 in the video) If you’re unsure about where to stay in Birmingham, the neighborhood of Digbeth is a great choice. Picture alleys lined with vibrant street art, cocktail bars, breweries and one of the best street food markets in Britain. Best of all, Digbeth’s just a 20-minute drive from Birmingham Airport.


Balti Triangle, Birmingham - Pakistani food dish

Balti Triangle

(3:56 in the video) Birmingham is the unlikely capital of one of the most iconic Pakistani dishes in the west, Balti. Discover the best restaurants to try the famous dish in the aptly named Balti Triangle.


Cadbury World, Birmingham, UK - Chocolate

Cadbury World

(4:09 in the video) Birmingham is also the birthplace of another internationally loved culinary masterpiece, Cadbury Chocolate, which is why your Birmingham itinerary would be incomplete without a trip to Cadbury World. Watch demonstrations by master chocolatiers and learn the history of one of the most celebrated international chocolate brands.


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

(4:35 in the video) Few attractions quench a traveler’s thirst for sightseeing like museums and art galleries, and you get both packaged into one at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. With over 40 different galleries to explore, visitors can learn about the history of Birmingham, as well as take in art and history spanning seven centuries of Europe and the rest of the world.


Aston Hall, Birmingham, UK

Aston Hall

(4:52 in the video) Step back into the 17th century at Aston Hall. A staple on any Birmingham vacation itinerary, Aston Hall is a perfectly preserved Jacobean prodigy house. Wander through this mansion that was once home to Sir Thomas Holte, the high sheriff of Warwickshire.


Winterbourne House and Garden, Birmingham, UK

Winterbourne House and Garden

(5:24 in the video) One of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian arts and crafts suburban villa, Winterbourne is well worth a place on your Birmingham bucket list. Wander through plant displays from varying climates and continents across the world and explore the Edwardian treasures of the house itself.


Library of Birmingham, UK

Library of Birmingham

(5:40 in the video) A striking landmark on the city skyline, the Library of Birmingham is a modern architectural masterpiece. Many of Birmingham’s events, including music shows, performances and poetry readings, are hosted in the outdoor amphitheater, but if you simply want a quiet spot to curl up and get lost within the pages of a book, there are 10 levels to choose from.


Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, UK

Sarehole Mill

(6:00 in the video) If you want to see the inspiration for one of the greatest fantasy series ever written, add Sarehole Mill to your itinerary. The mill and surrounding rural landscapes were the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings of Hobbiton and Middle Earth. Be sure to watch our video to see beautiful footage of this attraction.


Need more Birmingham vacation ideas?

If you’ve been searching for the ultimate travel inspiration, browse through our Birmingham photo gallery. The photos from this fast-paced destination will help you discover which attractions and neighborhoods to check out during your vacation. Want to see more? Our wider photo gallery houses amazing photography from all over the globe.

We also have plenty of other travel guide videos from around the world. Each video takes viewers on a virtual tour, helping inspire amazing travel itineraries for hundreds of vacation destinations.

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