Days Out in or near Birmingham

(31 Posts)
CointreauVersial Wed 20-Mar-13 13:30:02

Despite having grown up a mere 20 miles away, Birmingham isn't a place I really visited as a child, so I don't know much about it.

We have a couple of days staying with relatives nearby over Easter, and I would really love to do the "tourist" thing with the family and get to know a new city. We have a car, or can train it. We have been to Cadbury World, but that's about it, and I have vague memories of a museum about canals/industry. There are three demanding DCs to entertain - DS (13), DD1 (nearly 12) and DD2 (9).

Sooo.....can anyone recommend any fun/interesting places to visit in and around Birmingham?

CointreauVersial Thu 28-Mar-13 22:53:09

Hot tip on the parking, Willdoit, thanks. I printed off a load of maps today so I'm all set.smile

BackforGood Thu 28-Mar-13 23:09:20

I agree with FaceLikeAPickledOnion - if you are going to the ThinkTank (Science Museum) that's a day on it's own. You could fill a different day with shops / Art Gallery / wander round the canals and 'squares' etc but won't have time for that and the Think Tank. Most people are fascinated by the Jewellery Quarter, and you can spend an hour mooching round there.
Depends what you like really, Birmingham has 2 Cathedrals as well as St Martins in the Bull Ring if you want a bit of history.

EduCated Fri 29-Mar-13 15:19:05

Just so you know, it's flipping freezing here at the moment. I'm sure Birmingham is always colder than anywhere else. So wrap up warm!

NewFerry Fri 29-Mar-13 16:34:48

Is the snow still bad?
We were at the NIA on Sunday and all the pavements wre treacherous.

BackforGood Fri 29-Mar-13 16:39:45

I was in Erdington on Tuesday and in the afternoon most of it had melted, same in Perry Barr yeaterday, but on the South side of the City, it's only just starting to melt today. Lots of very icy pavements still, and piles of snow where snow was piled to clear other areas. It's still pretty parky. Roads are clear, but not pavements / gardens.

CointreauVersial Wed 03-Apr-13 20:58:55

Just got back - had a lovely time!

Black Country Museum on Monday - very chilly, but that somehow made it more realistic, going into the little houses and chatting to the ladies in period costume huddled by the kitchen ranges. Lots of machinery and metalwork for DS, street games for the DDs and a plateful of faggots and mushy peas for lunch for me. grin

Then we blitzed central Birmingham on Tuesday; I'm afraid culture didn't get a look-in, but the shopping was great. We parked cheaply at the NIA as suggested, and apart from a comedy few minutes trying to find our way out of the carpark and down to the canal, it was perfect. The canals looked beautiful in the sunshine, and we were impressed generally with the city centre (there's even a Zara under the Rotunda - yay). Not blown away by The Mailbox (posh shopping centre), though - very chilly and soulless.

Today was Gadget Show Live at the NEC; also good fun. Next time we'll try the Science Museum, and might go back to the Black Country Museum, as we have a year's return entry. And there was talk of a narrowboat holiday one day....

Thanks again for your tips!

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