The debate on which is Britain’s second city has been ongoing for some time, and Birmingham’s name is often at the top of the list. Home to over a million people and the most populous outside of London, the city has a lot to offer to visiting families with a host of unique attractions, great places to eat and shop, and some delightful hotels.
Here’s the Globalmouse round up of our favourite things to do in Birmingham with children – what to do, where to go, eat and stay.
Birmingham – Where to go with children
There’s lots going on for families in Birmingham. Here are some of our favourite things:
Birmingham Sea Life Centre
The Sea Life Centres are really well thought out aquariums and the Birmingham one is no exception. It has a range of sea life to look at, 3D cinema and a really great display about the local canals and how they are helping to protect them. We loved their interactive walk around where the children get passports to stamp and found out important ways they could help to protect the world’s sea life.
Birmingham Back to Backs
This is a fantastic National Trust which is a series of fully restored 19th Century working people’s houses. Right in the heart of Birmingham they tell the lives of residents from the 1840s up to the 1970s and are an amazing insight into the way people lived, worked and spent their free time through the ages. Visting the properties is by tour only and they get really booked up so definitely one to organise in advance.
You can find out more about the National Trust’s Back to Backs here.
Just outside of the main centre in Bournville is the world’s most celebrated chocolate company – Cadbury. We thought this was a fantastic day out with kids – there’s a tour, a fun 4D cinema, playgrounds and tastes of chocolate. It is a very full day out and one where there’s something for all the family. We loved it and thought it really good value for money. Definitely one to book tickets in advance for.
ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum
ThinkTank is a fantastic, award-winning interactive museum where all ages will find something to amaze them. There’s a Planetarium, changing displays and fun demonstrations to keep children spell-bound.
Find out more about ThinkTank at their website here.
BBC Birmingham Tours
With the BBC having a large base in Birmingham kids will love getting an insight into how it all works. You can take official tours or just wander in to the visitor’s centre and try your hand at reading the news. Doctor Who fans will also love the props on display.
Find out more on the BBC Birmingham website here.
One of our favourite areas is Brindleyplace which is all around the canals. Sealife is based here and there are lots of restaurants and lovely neighbourhood style squares to play in. It’s a lovely area of the city.
Birmingham – Where to eat
Birmingham has a huge collection of restaurants and you can find everything for every tastebuds. Here are some of our favourites –
Itihaas – Indian
Birmingham is renowned for its curry and I seriously think we had the UK’s best at Itihaas. It was absolutely delicious, packed full of flavours and we’ve all been craving it again since we visited. Definitely recommended.
Cafe Soya – Chinese
We do love our Chinese food and adored a trip to Cafe Soya where alongside the regular dishes there was a large selection of vegetarian choices. Really tasty food at great prices.
Ed’s Easy Diner, Selfridges – American
We love Ed’s Easy Diner with its retro booths and malt shakes, the burgers and onion rings – and don’t miss the opportunity to try the waffles too. Ed’s is always a fun trip with kids.
Birmingham – where to stay
Birmingham has some great hotels and self catering options. Here are some of our recommended places to stay.
Hyatt Regency, Birmingham
The Hyatt Regency is a fantastic hotel for families – close to the canals it’s in a great part of the city. With inter-connecting rooms, swimming pool and a wonderful breakfast spread it’s the perfect place to wake up and get exploring Birmingham’s attractions from.
Read our full review of the Hyatt Regency here or check out their website here.
Aparthotel Adagio, Birmingham
Close to the Bullring Aparthotel is a great base for families. This is a really smart hotel with kitchenettes and a great place to be able to stay right in the city. They come with a range of studio, one and two bedroom rooms.