TOP TEN ATTRACTIONS
Britain's second largest city, Birmingham has a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Whether you're looking to explore one of the many art galleries, unwind with a leisurely canal cruise or take part in adrenalin pumping action, Birmingham is the perfect destination for a short break.
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Oldbury is a short drive to the city centre and its location provides easy access to other areas of the West Midlands. From knowing what makes an excellent holiday, Holiday Inn Express has put together the following top ten attractions in Birmingham.
1. THINKTANK PLANETARIUM
With ten themed galleries to tour, this modern museum will inspire and immerse you in science. Putting you at the centre of the action, interact with many of the exhibits, such as how steam engines are powered and discover exactly what happens to the food you eat every day. Sit back in the state of the art digital planetarium for a 360 degree view into astrology. A truly astonishing day out.
2. SECOND CITY BOATS
Birmingham lies at the heart of several canals, and during its peak in the 1700s over 100 boats would pass through the centre of Birmingham. These days a canal cruise offers a unique way to explore the city, whether you are looking to learn about the city's interesting heritage or simply unwind and relax with friends and family. Second City Boats provides both leisure and educational boat trips around Birmingham with well-priced packages to suit all budgets.
3. WINTERBOURNE HOUSE AND GARDEN
Set within 7 acres of enchanting gardens, Winterbourne House is a splendid example of the English Edwardian era. Step back in time and discover the history of Winterbourne, which was built in 1903 for the Nettlefold family. The picturesque gardens are idyllic, having been beautifully landscaped to host some of the most spectacular plant collections in the country. Winterbourne is a magical family day out, where you can wander and roam this historical treasure.
4. THE FALCONRY CENTRE
Handle a real bird of prey at The Falconry Centre in Birmingham. From Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Eagles - you will come face to face with some of the most beautiful birds in the world. Learn about these fascinating creatures and enjoy the many display shows that are put on at the centre seven days a week.
5. GRAND PRIX CARTING
Adrenalin junkies will be satisfied at Grand Prix Karting. Screech around the tight turns and put pedal to the metal to cross over the finish line in first place. Choose between 4 action packed circuits suitable for adults and children, then jump behind the wheel of a state of the art racing kart. All equipment is provided by Grand Prix Karting, and a safety brief is included before you take on your friends and family on the track.
6. ADVENTURE ISLAND MINI GOLF
Navigate around palm trees, volcanoes and waterfalls at Adventure Island Mini Golf. With two exciting 18-hole golf courses to choose from, this is great fun for both sport enthusiasts and those who have never played golf before! Suitable for both adults and children, the golf courses provide unique challenges, housed indoors so there is no risk of being rained on! Afterwards enjoy refreshments and delicious snacks at the Tiki Bar.
7. THE PEN ROOM
Take a fascinating look into Birmingham's history at The Pen Room. Many moons ago, in order to write, a pen with a nib would be dipped into a separate ink pot. Although this form of writing has died out, its heritage can still be celebrated at this unique museum. Take part in calligraphy classes, assist with making a pen nib and write your name with the Braille machine. There is a huge range of things to see and do at the Pen Room, and with the advantage of the museum being free of charge, it is also exceptionally great value.
8. CADBURY WORLD
Calling all chocoholics! Cadbury World is a family attraction which celebrates the production and the history of chocolate. There are 14 different zones to explore which include activities for children and inquisitive adults; you will even get the opportunity to create your own chocolate concoction. Holiday Inn Express recommends taking a trip around the village of Bourneville after your visit, a picturesque model village that was created solely for Cadbury employees.
9. RUSKIN GLASS CENTRE
Once being the home of Royal Doulton, the Ruskin Glass Centre preserves the glassmaking trade and educates visitors of this specialised craft. Visitors get to watch the glass making process, from inception to the final product. Many of the beautiful glass creations are available to buy in the shop, celebrating Birmingham's glass making heritage and keeping it alive.
10. SANDWELL VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll, or seeking adventure then you'll find it at Sandwell Valley Country Park. Ran by the local council, the park spans 2,000 acres and hosts a working Victorian farm with a small museum, picturesque scenery for rambling and cycling as well as open water where you can watch water sport activities or try your luck at fishing.