Want to make the most of your upcoming business trip to Birmingham? Make it a ‘bleisure’ trip and discover more about the largest city outside of London.
Here’s our top tips on what to do in Birmingham if you’re there for one night.
See the sights that bustling Birmingham has to offer with a free walking tour from resident Brummies. Real Birmingham offer fun free tours on selected Saturdays. For a walk with a difference any time of the day, try Historic England’s free Public Art walking tour. Simply download their free Geotourist app and set off when you like for a digitally guided tour.
Library of Birmingham
From the incredible architecture outside, to the vast collection of books inside, there is something to interest everyone at the Library of Birmingham. Find some escapism on the library’s own roof garden or pay a visit to the Shakespeare room, filled with all of his works. The library is open from 11am – 7pm Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11am – 5pm Wednesdays – Saturdays. You’ll find areas to work, a selection of magazines and newspapers along with free WiFi.
Over 250 years old, the Jewellery Quarter is the perfect place for history buffs and jewellery lovers to visit. With over 500 businesses across 300 acres, why not stop off at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, open until 5pm, to get a real feel of jewellers from the past, whilst the Pen Museum is open until 4pm and offers up history of the pen making industry, along with interactive exhibitions where you can try out calligraphy and nib making.
Take a trip to Symphony Hall to enjoy some music or art. As one of the world’s finest music halls, sit and relax to some folk in the morning before a meeting or enjoy an afternoon break of jazz for free. You’ll often find free temporary exhibitions in the foyers too, so be sure to wander around to make the most of your visit.
BBC Birmingham Visitor Centre
Head over to the Mailbox, an attraction in it’s own right, and you’ll find the BBC Visitor Centre on level 3. Whether you’re an Archers fan, a history buff interested in the history of broadcasting or a ‘wannabe’ weatherperson’, you’re sure to be entertained. It’s open every day until 5pm, has free admission and there’s no need to book.
No visit to Birmingham is complete without a trip to the Bull Ring. With over 160 shops to browse, including 1 of the 4 UK Selfridges, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s open till 8pm Monday-Saturday and you won’t go hungry either, with everything from Italian to Mexican, and even a Krispy Kreme theatre where you can watch your doughnut being made before devouring. Yum!