culture crush on birmingham

Last updated Mar 27, 2024

Birmingham is a gem just waiting to be explored. With a dynamic blend of industrial heritage, rich cultural diversity and a vibrant arts scene, we’ve put together 5 of our top attractions and experiences for a fantastic, culture-crammed getaway to the UK’s second largest city.

1. Utilita Arena

Since opening in 1991, the Utilita Arena has hosted some of the UK’s biggest and best concerts, sporting events, family shows and more. Whether it’s 15,000 screaming fans or a more intimate, atmospheric experience you’re after, you’ll find it here. The arena is just a 5 minute walk along the canal from our Birmingham aparthotel.

Address: Airwave (Wmi502A) In-Building Microcell National Indoor Arena King Edward's Road, Birmingham B1 2AA

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2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Housed in a stunning Grade II listed landmark building that has watched over the city’s Chamberlain and Victoria Squares since 1885, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery holds one of the largest Pre-Raphaelite collections in the world, including works by renowned artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Holman Hunt.

Address: Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

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3. Peaky Blinders Themed Tours

Fans of the Birmingham-based show will love following in the footsteps of the characters in this walking tour. Alternatively, go one step further and fully immerse yourself in the live-action Peaky Blinders themed game, Escape Live.

The walking tour begins at the famous Bull Statue in the Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BU.

Escape Live is located at 18-25 Constitution Hill, B19 3LY.

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4. Botanical Gardens

With over 7,000 plant species, four Victorian glasshouses, two alpine gardens, a Japanese garden and a rolling lawn overlooking a restored bandstand, Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Address: Westbourne Road, Birmingham, B15 3TR.

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5. Symphony Hall

A gleaming centrepiece in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Symphony Hall is widely considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. They host a diverse array of shows including classical concerts, operas, ballets, jazz ensembles and more.

Address: 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA

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