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Birmingham Attractions

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A travel journal to Birmingham by chrisandmark

Hall of Memory Photo, Birmingham, England More Photos
Quote: A selection of attractions in Birmingham, useful ideas for both visitors and Brummies who don't explore their backyards.

Hall of Memory

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Attraction | "A Sad But Beautiful Place"

Hall of Memory Photo, Birmingham, England
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A little known place of interest in Birmingham City Centre is the Hall of Memory, built in the 1920's to pay homage to the 12,320 Brummies who died during World War I. The memorial building itself is very small stone structure topped with a dome, which makes it really stand out against the backdrop of modern day Birmingham. The Hall is pure white, built from Portland Stone shipped in especially for this important memorial. The Hall of Memory reminds me of The White House in a way, being that same beautiful colour with a definite Art Deco feel to the architecture. Positioned outside the building are four bronze statues; figureheads to represent the Army, Navy, Royal Air Force an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2011

Hall of Memory
Centenary Square
Birmingham, England B1 2DY
+44 (121) 693-6300

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

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Attraction | "An Authentic German Market In Brum!"

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market Photo, Birmingham, England
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I was doing some Christmas shopping in Birmingham City Centre today when I decided to wander along New Street and into Victoria Square to have a look at the Frankfurt Christmas Market. This authentic German market is in Birmingham every year, opening around the second week in November and finishing a couple of days before Christmas – this year it runs daily from 15th Nov – 23rd December from 10am until late. It's set out in a lovely quaint way; mainly traditional wooden stalls decorated with festive ornaments, garlands and ropes of lights which were lit in the early evening when I visited. There are plenty of stalls to look around - I was in the mood for a mooch so wasn't looking for anyth...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2011

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Victoria Square And New Street
Birmingham, England

National Sea Life Centre

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Attraction | "All The Fun Of The Sea In The Midlands!"

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A definite must see in Birmingham is the National Sea Life Centre. This is where children and adults living in the landlocked Midlands can see some of the creatures which live in the various seas touching the UK, and also from further afield. From the outside the building doesn't really look big enough to house it all, but when you go inside you'll see that looks really can be deceiving. It's absolutely huge with a massive foyer where you pay your admission and stairs leading up towards the display tanks. Once you've paid in you're free to wander around to your hearts content. There really is a bit of everything in here; from some of the smaller shark species to seahorses and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2012

National Sea Life Centre
Brindleyplace (the Waters Edge)
Birmingham, England B1 2HL
+44 (121) 633-4700

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

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Attraction | "A New Way to Look at the Jewellery Trade"

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Photo, Birmingham, England
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I have a real passion for jewellery, so when my daughters class was looking for adult helpers for a school trip to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter I was first to put my name down. This museum came about after, in 1981, the owner of a small jewellery factory decided to retire. On the last day of production the factory was simply locked up and left exactly as it stood, creating a kind of time capsule back to the jewellery trade of the 80's and for many years earlier. The factory was opened in 1899 and has remained pretty much true to its early roots, with a harsh brick interior and large windows to allow the light in for the early workers before the strong electric lights we use today....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2012

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
75-79 Vyse Street
Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA
+44 (121) 554-3598

Victoria Square

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Attraction | "Queen Victoria Meets The Floozy!"

Victoria Square Photo, Birmingham, England
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If you're ever in Birmingham with an hour to spare, then I'd suggest you head down to Victoria Square and check out the many sculptures and public artworks which are housed in this area. This is a pedestrianised section of Birmingham which, because of the lack of cars, seems a much more tranquil place than the rest of the City Centre. The Square is in a generally imposing and historical part of the city; having the huge backdrop of Birmingham's wonderfully pretty Council House, Town Hall and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Giving the Square its name is a gorgeous old statue of Queen Victoria, this was originally unveiled in 1901 (coincidentally, just days before her death) as a marb...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2011

Victoria Square
New Street
Birmingham, England B1 1BD
+44 (121) 693-6300

Electric Cinema

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Attraction | "Watching A Blockbuster The Old Fashioned Way"

Electric Cinema Photo, Birmingham, England
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Within Birmingham City Centre there are no less than three (maybe more!) huge great multi screen cinemas, boasting the best of surround sound and such massive high quality images that you’re practically experiencing the movie of your choice in 3D. A lovely range of food and snacks is available, usually along with a gift store selling such overpriced items as Mickey Mouse socks or a poster of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. So when I won a family ticket to see a kids film preview at a cinema I’d never heard of, located in one of town’s shabbiest streets, I was not impressed. However, while looking for directions to the wretched place I discovered that although it’s not a flash cinema it’s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2011

Electric Cinema
47-49 Station Street
Birmingham, England B5 4DY
0121 643 7879

Birmingham Nature Centre

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Attraction | "An Amazing Day Out For Any Small Animal Lover"

Birmingham Nature Centre Photo, Birmingham, England
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I remember going to the Nature Centre with my mum and dad when I was about 5 so I know its been there for at least 20 years and I'd say its been there MUCH longer than that. I hadn't been for about 10 years and then one day we were trying to think of something to amuse the kids and we ended up at the Nature Centre. Its a smallish looking place on the Pershore Road in Edgbaston right opposite the Pebble Mill studios. From Birmingham City Centre you can catch either the 45 or the 47 from Corporation Street and these both drop you outside the door. Or you can catch the 61, 62 or 63 from Corporation Street (next stop up from the 45 and 47) and walk from Bristol Road past the Pebble Mill studio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2011

Birmingham Nature Centre
Pershore Road
Birmingham, West Midlands B5 7RL
0121 472 7775

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

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Attraction | "The Greenest Place In Birmingham"

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses Photo, Birmingham, England
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If you’re hunting for somewhere to spend a summer’s day in the West Midlands, that both you and the kids will enjoy, look no further than Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Opened back in 1832, this was originally a place for the gentile folk of Edgbaston to soak up the sun and see some green places during a time when both industrial and family housing seemed to be taking over what was once a lush area. According to staff at the Botanical Gardens, it’s pretty much the same in 2006 as it was then. The proprietors of the nineteenth century gardens made it their life long work to source as many exotic and semi-exotic plants as possible, leaving us 170 odd years later with a glorious historical col...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2011

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses
Westbourne Road
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR
+44 (121) 454-1860

Aston Hall and Park

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Attraction | "A Little Piece Of History In My Backyard!"

Aston Hall and Park Photo, Birmingham, England
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In 1618 Sir Thomas Holte decided to build a home in green Birmingham, he was a prominent landowner of the time with a huge amount of money to spend building Aston Hall. The house was finally finished nearly 20 years later in 1635, no expense was spared in the building or furnishing and it was (and to a point still is) a landmark in the vast expanse of green which was Aston of old. Any of you who know Birmingham nowadays know Aston is a grotty hole of a place just outside Brum City Centre, but in those days Birmingham was pretty much farmland with the industrial section of the city being close to Aston and the surrounding areas. Looking up at Aston Hall from the front, I can conjure a menta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2011

Aston Hall and Park
Trinity Road
Aston, Birmingham B6 7JD
+44 (121) 327-0062