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Arts & Culture
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the 29th-most visited museum in the United Kingdom by visitor count annually (602,634). 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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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the 29th-most visited museum in the United Kingdom by visitor count annually (602,634). 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
Thinktank, Birmingham's award-winning science museum, offers an enlightening and fun-packed day out for the family. From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology. Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building at Thinktank you will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you, showing you the science of the world all around us. Including MiniBrum, a new interactive gallery for under 8s, a new 4k Planetarium, Science Garden, plus an exciting programme of events and activities.
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Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
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Thinktank, Birmingham's award-winning science museum, offers an enlightening and fun-packed day out for the family. From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology. Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building at Thinktank you will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you, showing you the science of the world all around us. Including MiniBrum, a new interactive gallery for under 8s, a new 4k Planetarium, Science Garden, plus an exciting programme of events and activities.
Places to visit
The NEC Birmingham is the UK's No 1 venue for shows, exhibitions, meetings and events. The National Exhibition Centre is an exhibition centre located in Solihull, England. It is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway, and is adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International railway station.
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NEC, National Exhibition Centre
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The NEC Birmingham is the UK's No 1 venue for shows, exhibitions, meetings and events. The National Exhibition Centre is an exhibition centre located in Solihull, England. It is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway, and is adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International railway station.
The Bullring has a huge array of shops, restaurants and many outlets to visit. One of the most popular places in Birmingham or even the UK. The Bull Ring Birmingham is a major commercial area of central Birmingham. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Selfridges at the Bullring is covered with a dramatic "skin" made up of 15,000 spun aluminium disks. The Bronze Bull situated in the square at the base of Rotunda is two and a half life-sized and weighs 5 Tonnes. Over 8,000 jobs were created within the new Bullring. There are over 140 shops and kiosks within Bullring.
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Bullring Shopping Centre Bullring
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The Bullring has a huge array of shops, restaurants and many outlets to visit. One of the most popular places in Birmingham or even the UK. The Bull Ring Birmingham is a major commercial area of central Birmingham. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Selfridges at the Bullring is covered with a dramatic "skin" made up of 15,000 spun aluminium disks. The Bronze Bull situated in the square at the base of Rotunda is two and a half life-sized and weighs 5 Tonnes. Over 8,000 jobs were created within the new Bullring. There are over 140 shops and kiosks within Bullring.
Cadbury World is a visitor attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury Company. One location exists: Birmingham, United Kingdom. Cadbury World: A fun chocolate day trip to one of the UK's most popular family attractions. Find out more information at Cadburyworld.co.uk
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Cadbury World
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Cadbury World is a visitor attraction, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury Company. One location exists: Birmingham, United Kingdom. Cadbury World: A fun chocolate day trip to one of the UK's most popular family attractions. Find out more information at Cadburyworld.co.uk
The National Sea Life Centre is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, England. Its ocean tank has a capacity of 1,000,000 litres (220,000 imp gal) of water and houses giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks and tropical reef fish, with the only fully transparent 360-degree underwater tunnel in the United Kingdom.
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National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham
3 Brindley Pl
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The National Sea Life Centre is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, England. Its ocean tank has a capacity of 1,000,000 litres (220,000 imp gal) of water and houses giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks and tropical reef fish, with the only fully transparent 360-degree underwater tunnel in the United Kingdom.
One of Birmingham's best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of our four stunning glasshouses. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a 15-acre botanical garden situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham. he gardens are close to the centre of Birmingham and open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 1 ¹⁄₂ miles from Birmingham city centre.
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The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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One of Birmingham's best attractions, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers something for everyone, be it one of our four stunning glasshouses. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a 15-acre botanical garden situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham. he gardens are close to the centre of Birmingham and open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 1 ¹⁄₂ miles from Birmingham city centre.
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. Other facilities include a flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. The Library is next to and physically connected with Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP). Other important cultural venues, including The ICC, Symphony Hall, Arena Birmingham (previously known as the NIA), Town Hall and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery are located very close by. We received nearly 2 million visits in 2015 and were the most visited tourist attraction outside of London (based on figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).
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Library of Birmingham
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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. Other facilities include a flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and other informal performance spaces and dedicated spaces for children and teenagers. The Library is next to and physically connected with Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP). Other important cultural venues, including The ICC, Symphony Hall, Arena Birmingham (previously known as the NIA), Town Hall and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery are located very close by. We received nearly 2 million visits in 2015 and were the most visited tourist attraction outside of London (based on figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions).
Things to do
CRAZY GOLF IN BIRMINGHAM COCKTAILS, STREET FOOD AND DJS IN THE CUSTARD FACTORY… Are you looking for things to do in Birmingham? Well, Ghetto golf is the venue that offers a combination of a seriously twisted 18 hole mini golf experience, with an exceptional cocktail bar and DJ’s in the Custard Factory and is perfect for a stag do or hen do. Graffiti and incredible artwork everywhere makes us a must do experience in the Birmingham scene, come join the party!
Ghetto Golf Birmingham
CRAZY GOLF IN BIRMINGHAM COCKTAILS, STREET FOOD AND DJS IN THE CUSTARD FACTORY… Are you looking for things to do in Birmingham? Well, Ghetto golf is the venue that offers a combination of a seriously twisted 18 hole mini golf experience, with an exceptional cocktail bar and DJ’s in the Custard Factory and is perfect for a stag do or hen do. Graffiti and incredible artwork everywhere makes us a must do experience in the Birmingham scene, come join the party!
Housed in a striking listed building Broadway Casino is Birmingham’s leading independent casino. The complex is headed up by Managing Director Denis Dowling and General Manager Charles Griffin who have over 60 years combined casino operating experience. Under their watchful eye, Broadway Casino has been successfully cemented at the forefront of the industry and offers a bespoke way of gaming. Established in 2005, Broadway Casino not only boasts a first-class gaming floor and a renowned card room but comprises a number of facilities that are truly second to none, including the sophisticated Italian restaurant. As soon as you walk through the doors you will discover an ambience unlike any other and we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver something for everyone. We are more than just a casino.
Broadway Casino
220 Ladywood Middleway
Housed in a striking listed building Broadway Casino is Birmingham’s leading independent casino. The complex is headed up by Managing Director Denis Dowling and General Manager Charles Griffin who have over 60 years combined casino operating experience. Under their watchful eye, Broadway Casino has been successfully cemented at the forefront of the industry and offers a bespoke way of gaming. Established in 2005, Broadway Casino not only boasts a first-class gaming floor and a renowned card room but comprises a number of facilities that are truly second to none, including the sophisticated Italian restaurant. As soon as you walk through the doors you will discover an ambience unlike any other and we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver something for everyone. We are more than just a casino.
Welcome to your new luxury cinema, where every seat reclines Every seat on every row in your cinema has been expertly designed so you can relax and recline during your film. With fewer seats and extra space, you'll have a more personal, immersive experience with every visit. Our selection of fine wines and beers sit perfectly alongside our irresistible new menu of hot and chilled food. Plus with your own table built into your seat, you can enjoy your delicious cinema snacks in maximum comfort. This is just you and the film - and cinema has never felt better.
ODEON Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza
220 Ladywood Middleway
Welcome to your new luxury cinema, where every seat reclines Every seat on every row in your cinema has been expertly designed so you can relax and recline during your film. With fewer seats and extra space, you'll have a more personal, immersive experience with every visit. Our selection of fine wines and beers sit perfectly alongside our irresistible new menu of hot and chilled food. Plus with your own table built into your seat, you can enjoy your delicious cinema snacks in maximum comfort. This is just you and the film - and cinema has never felt better.
In the Mailbox district of Birmingham, The Club and Spa is a prestigious health club and day spa set in a 25-storey city centre landmark known as The Cube. The spa offers have a sequence of wet and dry thermal rooms, a vitality pool with jets and waterfalls, a floatation tank, rasul, Himalayan salt room, steam room, two saunas – one traditional, one hot kelo – and a range of Elemis and Natural Spa Factory treatments. Great for friends and city-breakers.
The Club & Spa at The Cube Birmingham
In the Mailbox district of Birmingham, The Club and Spa is a prestigious health club and day spa set in a 25-storey city centre landmark known as The Cube. The spa offers have a sequence of wet and dry thermal rooms, a vitality pool with jets and waterfalls, a floatation tank, rasul, Himalayan salt room, steam room, two saunas – one traditional, one hot kelo – and a range of Elemis and Natural Spa Factory treatments. Great for friends and city-breakers.
Bars & Restaurants
Aluna in the Best Cocktail Bar in Birmingham. Aluna is a concept unlike any other, we thrive on the adventurous & relish in the abnormal. Dedicated to advancing the art and practice of hospitality, we pride ourselves on providing a truly unique experience in giving everyone who walks through our doors a little snippet of molecular paradise. Please explore our website & menus, we hope to see you at the bar soon.
Aluna
Aluna in the Best Cocktail Bar in Birmingham. Aluna is a concept unlike any other, we thrive on the adventurous & relish in the abnormal. Dedicated to advancing the art and practice of hospitality, we pride ourselves on providing a truly unique experience in giving everyone who walks through our doors a little snippet of molecular paradise. Please explore our website & menus, we hope to see you at the bar soon.
With over 40 locations across the U.K, we’re here to get the party started no matter the occasion. Heading out for catch up drinks? Got a Birthday? Or just having a spontaneous wild one? We’ve got the tunes, cocktails and party vibe to get you in the mood!
Be At One - Birmingham
With over 40 locations across the U.K, we’re here to get the party started no matter the occasion. Heading out for catch up drinks? Got a Birthday? Or just having a spontaneous wild one? We’ve got the tunes, cocktails and party vibe to get you in the mood!
Fumo was launched in June 2012 and is part of the award-winning San Carlo Group which operates outstandingly successful, modern Italian restaurants throughout the UK. They include venues in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the legendary Signor Sassi opposite Harrods in London's fashionable Knightsbridge Green - now in its 28th year. San Carlo also has a portfolio of stunning Signor Sassi restaurants in capital cities across the world which currently include Kuwait, Beirut and Bangkok. The independent, family-owned business was founded in Birmingham in 1984 by Carlo Distefano and is recognised for its superb freshly prepared regional food, impeccable service and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Each week the best quality ingredients are bought from the markets in Milan to ensure Carlo's high standards, passion and insistence to "never compromise on quality" are maintained. San Carlo Group restaurants epitomise all that is best in genuine Italian hospitality. Traditionally Italian. Fumo Birmingham is the latest concept in a chic cocktail bar, restaurant and late lounge from the award-winning San Carlo Group of independent Italian restaurants. Situated in the smart banking district, Fumo serves expertly crafted Cicchetti dishes and an unrivalled cocktail menu. Join us at the grand, feature bar or take a table and enjoy a relaxed yet atmospheric, stylish dining experience seven days a week.
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Fumo
1 Waterloo St
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Fumo was launched in June 2012 and is part of the award-winning San Carlo Group which operates outstandingly successful, modern Italian restaurants throughout the UK. They include venues in Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the legendary Signor Sassi opposite Harrods in London's fashionable Knightsbridge Green - now in its 28th year. San Carlo also has a portfolio of stunning Signor Sassi restaurants in capital cities across the world which currently include Kuwait, Beirut and Bangkok. The independent, family-owned business was founded in Birmingham in 1984 by Carlo Distefano and is recognised for its superb freshly prepared regional food, impeccable service and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Each week the best quality ingredients are bought from the markets in Milan to ensure Carlo's high standards, passion and insistence to "never compromise on quality" are maintained. San Carlo Group restaurants epitomise all that is best in genuine Italian hospitality. Traditionally Italian. Fumo Birmingham is the latest concept in a chic cocktail bar, restaurant and late lounge from the award-winning San Carlo Group of independent Italian restaurants. Situated in the smart banking district, Fumo serves expertly crafted Cicchetti dishes and an unrivalled cocktail menu. Join us at the grand, feature bar or take a table and enjoy a relaxed yet atmospheric, stylish dining experience seven days a week.
The Alchemist has already made its name in Leeds, Manchester and London but none of these bars has a basement bar that resembles a copper encased wonderland. The Lab is a Gothic-style bar that makes full use of the historic features of The Grand with exposed brickwork and 18ft ceilings covered in a canopy of lights. The very dramatic interior is highlighted by the purple seating, copper bar and also a massive mural.
The Alchemist Colmore Row
The Alchemist has already made its name in Leeds, Manchester and London but none of these bars has a basement bar that resembles a copper encased wonderland. The Lab is a Gothic-style bar that makes full use of the historic features of The Grand with exposed brickwork and 18ft ceilings covered in a canopy of lights. The very dramatic interior is highlighted by the purple seating, copper bar and also a massive mural.
Our beautiful new venue is perfectly situated on Bennetts Hill right in the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre with our bespoke martinis, glamorous interiors, famous Happy Hour and late-night party DJs! With a capacity of 330 splits over two floors, plus an upper mezzanine for up to 20 people, we have a variety of large booths, banquettes and spaces suitable for every celebration! Join us for after-work drinks or party until the early hours with our DJs on the decks at weekends and our doors open until 2:30 am. Our famous Happy Hour featuring half-price martinis & selected cocktails, £20 bottles of Prosecco, £12.50 bottles of wine and £3.50 bottles of beer & cider will also be available every day of the week.
Dirty Martini Birmingham
7 Bennetts Hill
Our beautiful new venue is perfectly situated on Bennetts Hill right in the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre with our bespoke martinis, glamorous interiors, famous Happy Hour and late-night party DJs! With a capacity of 330 splits over two floors, plus an upper mezzanine for up to 20 people, we have a variety of large booths, banquettes and spaces suitable for every celebration! Join us for after-work drinks or party until the early hours with our DJs on the decks at weekends and our doors open until 2:30 am. Our famous Happy Hour featuring half-price martinis & selected cocktails, £20 bottles of Prosecco, £12.50 bottles of wine and £3.50 bottles of beer & cider will also be available every day of the week.
A sassy shack of Caribbean eats and cooking, Turtle Bay is a restaurant-bar at the tip of John Bright Street, wowing city patrons with buckets full of BBQ chow and rum-laced cocktails. Following suit with the other regional restaurant bars in its chain, Turtle Bay mimics the Caribbean culture the only way it knows how: with colour. From shack-inspired seating areas and white-washed wood to walls laced in an abundance and colour bound art pieces, Turtle Bay is a bright and breezy spot for dinner and drinks alike. While Birmingham has seemed somewhat defunct of affordable Caribbean cooking, Turtle Bay is ready and raring with a reggae themed rustle of exotic eats. From jerk laced meat and curried goat to street hawker inspired cutter dishes such as Jamaican Fried Bait, it's as authentic and colourful as many dishes could come. But what would a Caribbean restaurant bar be without the rum? Boasting a tropical selection of cocktails, you'll be able to lock your lips around liquid fare the likes of Koko Kolada's and Tobago Tea.
Turtle Bay Birmingham
81-91 John Bright St
A sassy shack of Caribbean eats and cooking, Turtle Bay is a restaurant-bar at the tip of John Bright Street, wowing city patrons with buckets full of BBQ chow and rum-laced cocktails. Following suit with the other regional restaurant bars in its chain, Turtle Bay mimics the Caribbean culture the only way it knows how: with colour. From shack-inspired seating areas and white-washed wood to walls laced in an abundance and colour bound art pieces, Turtle Bay is a bright and breezy spot for dinner and drinks alike. While Birmingham has seemed somewhat defunct of affordable Caribbean cooking, Turtle Bay is ready and raring with a reggae themed rustle of exotic eats. From jerk laced meat and curried goat to street hawker inspired cutter dishes such as Jamaican Fried Bait, it's as authentic and colourful as many dishes could come. But what would a Caribbean restaurant bar be without the rum? Boasting a tropical selection of cocktails, you'll be able to lock your lips around liquid fare the likes of Koko Kolada's and Tobago Tea.