Exploring the Heart of England: Top Things to See and Do in Birmingham and the West Midlands

Birmingham and the West Midlands region is a vibrant mix of arts, culture, and history, offering a captivating combination of busy urban life and idyllic natural spaces. As the region’s areas are extremely well connected by public transport, it’s easy to experience a memorable trip through this wonderful region.

Explore Iconic Landmarks

The West Midlands is a joy to stroll around and soak up all the sights. In just a 10-minute walk through Birmingham, you’ll come across the picturesque Victoria Square, the historic Hall of Memory, the architectural marvel of The Library of Birmingham with panoramic views of the city, as well as the stunning Brindleyplace canals.

For a further taste of the region’s diverse collection of landmarks, head to Stourbridge’s Red House Glass Cone for an insight into the town’s glassmaking trade, or step back in time with monumental medieval art and architecture at Coventry’s St. Mary’s Guildhall.

Discover World-Class Attractions

The West Midlands certainly isn’t short of incredible attractions that make for the perfect day out.

The Black Country Living Museum immerses visitors in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Industrial Revolution, and it was even a filming location for the Peaky Blinders!

The delicious history behind one of Britain’s most beloved treats is also waiting to be discovered at Cadbury World, or why not get a duck’s eye view of the city with The Roundhouse Kayak Tours?

Dive into Rich Heritage

It’s no secret that the West Midlands has a rich and diverse history – and we’re proud of it. To explore the region’s masses of heritage, you can head to Coventry Cathedral where stunning architecture and poignant history meet.

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter sparkles with creativity and craftsmanship, and visitors can discover fascinating stories of the art of jewellery making, which still represents a huge trade in the city.

You can even walk in the footsteps of England’s greatest playwright at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon. There you will also find the extraordinary Shakespeare’s Memorial Room, which houses the second largest collection of the poet’s work in the world including photos, music scores, programmes and playbills.

Explore Unique Museums

With so much amazing industrial history, it’s impossible to walk away from the West Midlands without learning something unique about the region.

Take a ride through automotive history at the Coventry Transport Museum, home to a world-class collection of cars, bicycles, and other vehicles that trace the city’s manufacturing legacy.

You can also discover the centuries-old heritage of leatherworking at Walsall Leather Museum; or why not delve into the captivating history of pen-making and calligraphy at Birmingham’s Pen Museum?

Enjoy Diverse Arts and Culture

Be mesmerised by the breathtaking performances of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the UK’s leading dance companies, or experience sublime shows at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The region also has a vast range of outstanding art galleries including Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

Wander through Historical Houses, Parks, and Gardens

The West Midlands is packed full of vibrant green spaces and country house gardens to explore and is even home to one of Europe’s largest urban parks, Sutton Park.

If you’re looking to replace the hustle and bustle with a taste of the tropics, head to Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Step into the grandeur of the past at Aston Hall, a stunning Jacobean mansion surrounded by picturesque gardens. 

The unique ancient tree site of Walsall Arboretum offers lush greenery, serene lakes, and scenic walking paths through over 10,000 different species of trees and shrubs.

Whatever you’re into, there are always so many things to see and do in the West Midlands

Looking to the months ahead, the region will welcome a diverse range of festivals including Moseley Folk and Arts Festival and Flatpack Film Festival; Birmingham Pride is back in town in May; the iconic Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will be reopening its doors; and countless sporting events will be hosted in world-class venues including international cricket at Edgbaston.

The region is always buzzing with life, so make sure you’re part of the action by contacting us today to plan your perfect trip.

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