Just 100 or so miles from London, the UK’s second city is filled with family fun making it a favourite destination for kids of all ages, even the big ones!
Discover a delicious chocolate world
"Cadbury chocolate was born and raised in Birmingham back in 1824 when John Cadbury started selling tea, coffee and drinking chocolate in the town’s streets. It was an instant hit and Cadbury today is the second largest confectionary brand in the world. Chocoholics come from all over to visit the famous Cadbury World, one of the most-loved places to visit near Birmingham. The self-guided tour is more than just chomping on chocolate (don’t worry though, you can also sample some of the good stuff); it’s also an educational day trip that takes you through the history, origins and manufacturing process of chocolate. Watch chocolate being made right in front of your eyes, follow Freddo on the 4D Crunchie rollercoaster experience, and travel back 1,000 years to find cocoa in a Mayan rainforest. Cadbury World is actually situated on the original site where the Cadbury brothers set up their business when it moved from the city centre in 1879. It’s just four and a half miles out of Birmingham, so easily accessible if you’re staying in town."
Go under the sea
The National SEA LIFE Centre is another attraction that should be high on your list of things to do in Birmingham. It’s right in the heart of the city, so it’s a great option on a rainy day. Home to over 2,000 creatures, you can view sea life such as giant turtles, reef sharks, piranhas, stingrays and seahorses swimming around in the impressive one million-litre tank and transparent 360-degree underwater tunnel. The SEA LIFE Centre is more than just an aquarium – it also has an official conservation programme which works to protect the ocean from manmade threats and global warming. They are pioneers in seahorse breeding, rehoming for wild turtles and otter conservation.
Save the endangered animals
The zoo in Cannon Hill Park is home to many small mammals including lemurs, tamarins and monkeys. Several of the species housed in the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park are critically endangered in the wild and the zoo aims to raise awareness through various campaigns such as ‘Cans for Corridors’. You can volunteer or sponsor any of the animals and get up close and personal with your favourites during their feeding time.
Be the star of your own show
If you’ve ever dreamt of being a TV presenter, this is your chance! The BBC Public Space at The Mailbox is the base of BBC Birmingham and has opened its doors to let the general public star in their own show. Take a tour behind the scenes, see how live broadcasting works and then have a go at making your very own radio play complete with music and sound effects.
Step back in time to the Industrial Revolution
You can’t come to Birmingham without getting involved in the history of the Industrial Revolution. Brum was one of the first cities to start the famous revolution and you can still see its effects today. The Black Country Living Museum is located in Dudley, ten miles away from Birmingham centre. It’s an open-air museum reconstructing life in an 1850s iron-working town. Actors roam around the historic village, re-enacting what it was like working in the mines, forging metal and cutting glass. Visitors can ride an old tram, see cars from the golden age of motoring, and watch a 1920s silent film. The exhibitions are always changing, so no matter when you go, you’re sure to see something different. A fun and interesting day out that lets the whole family relive history!