Birmingham is the city of England and one of the largest and populous city after London. The revolution of Birmingham grew in 18th century due to increase in textile industrial. Here are top 10 best tourist places in city of Birmingham.
10) Library of Birmingham
Library of Birmingham was constructed in 2013 at the cost of $188.8 million, which is the largest library of Europe. It is newly designed modern public library which is operated by Birmingham City Council. Library’s collection involves number of national and international Books, journals, newspapers, magazines, official publications, photographs, music recordings, maps, postage stamps, prints, drawings, manuscripts and media.
9) Winterbourne House and Garden
Winterbourne House was constructed in 1903 as an estate house owned by John and Margaret. It was designed with lots of gardens in it because Margaret was inspired by the plants and its variety. She grows the massive species of plants taking help from books written on plants species. This Botanic Garden, after passing through number of ownerships, now is the property of University of Birmingham. This Botanic Garden is opened for both i.e. Public for entertainment and Students of Universities for study and research of plants.
8) Villa Park Stadium
Villa Park Stadium is a soccer stadium constructed in 1897 at the cost of 25 million pounds. It was renovated several times after its construction to increase the capacity of spectators. Currently it facilitates more than 43 thousand spectators in seating stand in each match and the management is further planning to expand further to 50 thousand seating capacity. Structurally seating plan in divided into four stands namely North, Trinity, Doug Ellis and Holte. From the day of construction till now it is owned by Aston Villa F.C. Currently is stadium host high profile soccer teams and clubs matches.
7) Old Joint Stock Theatre
Old Joint Stock Theatre is located at Temple road Birmingham. It is currently a studio theatre which was opened in 2006 by transforming a pub constructed in 1997; originally this building was built in 1864 as the Birmingham joint stock bank. Part of pub still exists along with theatre and no doubt it is Birmingham’s one of the highest seller pub. Venues of Old Joint Stick Theatre are spicy which means they have much variety of events to manage on their stage from drama to music, opera to classic and comedy to concerts. It offers first class food and services which make them one of the expensive pub in United Kingdom.
6) Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is located on Cannon Hill (formally known as Birmingham Zoo). This wildlife park attracts thousands of visitors per year due to number of endangered captive animals in the Zoo. Birmingham Zoo is responsible for effective breeding of rare animals in their captivity. Red Pandas, Colombian Black Spider Monkeys, Golden Lion Tamarins and many other animals are among them. Parents are highly encouraged to bring their children to the zoo to increase their knowledge of such rare animals.
5) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located at Chamberlain Square. It has 50 meters tall building constructed in 1885 and was later extended twice in 1908 and 1917 respectively. Though interiors are very much modern now but the structure of the building still reflects the history itself. It has total of 40 galleries which represents the ancient artifacts of different culture & religion, paintings which belongs to several renowned artists and most importantly belongings of national importance. Birmingham museum management conduct several events, some of them require pre bookings, so don’t for to book even through their site before visiting. They also offer a special museum education program in which they arrange sessions in which they explains history of artifacts, paintings and statues placed in 200 boxes of Birmingham museum.
4) Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall was constructed in 1991 at the cost of 30 million pounds which was funded by Birmingham City Council and later funds for renovation was contributed by Lottery funded, European Union and Art council of England. It is a great size hall with seating capacity of 2262 and hosts more than 270 different events annually. Mostly it is devoted to music related events and educational programs, which you can make advance booking through their official website. It has a cafeteria where they offer hot and cold drinks including snacks and sandwiches where members of Symphony Hall Birmingham are allowed 10 percent discount on all eatables. It also has a gift shop where you can buy gifts for your loved ones on leaving Symphony hall.
3) Escape Live
Escape Live gives a live and unique way to solve puzzle in which two or more persons are locked in a mysterious room for an hour and they have to escape the room by finding clues within the locked room. Up to five people are allowed to get in the room together so they can put their heads together to escape the room because a team work increase the chances of escaping the room successfully. It is a life remembering experience as people brainstorm to crack codes, find hints and develop their instincts in such pressure and extreme conditions. Currently Escape has only one building in Birmingham and they are planning to open their second building in Essex. It has two different mysterious rooms i.e. Dr Wilson’s Office and Room 13. Dr Wilson’s Office is considerably less tough then Room 13. Escape Live management have put age limit of 10+ on Dr Wilson’s Office and 12+ on Room 13. It’s a mind game so people in wheelchairs are also encouraged to take this adventure.
2) National Sea Life Centre
National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is a sea life adventure land. It is constructed with transparent tubes and tunnels connected to form path ways in a one million liter tank. In 2004 it won the best tourist attraction award for family visits. It has almost all the sea creatures which families can explore. It includes Green Sea Turtle, Gentoo Penguin, Blacktip Reef Shark, Big Bellied Seahorse, Asian Short Crawled Otter, Freshwater Ray, Jellyfish, Nemo, Octopus, Electric Eel, Star Fish, Unicorn Fish, Cleaner Shrimp and many more. National Sea Life Centre Birmingham provides special discounts to school trips and people coming in groups. Ticket prices are pretty affordable, toddler under age 3 is totally free and adults tickets range from pound 12 to pound 20 based on plan you select.
1) Cadbury World
Cadbury World is a chocolate factory located in Bournville, Birmingham. Beside manufacturing chocolates they have constructed visitor’s adventure land to facilitate them with history of producing chocolate. Cadbury World is divided into fourteen different adventure zones with lots of fun activities. It has a 4D chocolate adventure rollercoaster ride which is highly recommended for children to enjoy the motion effects of chocolate rollercoaster ride. They have reconstructed the replica of the street in which John Cadbury opened his first chocolate shop and also has an Aztec jungle which explains the history of coca beans. In addition there are two zones called Purple Planet and African adventure play area which has variety of attractive kid’s activities. Finally Cadbury World has constructed world’s largest Cadbury chocolate shop in their factory premises.