Struggling to find inspiration for what to do in Birmingham on a budget with your family? Fear not, we’re here to help with a Top 10 under £10, with a lot of freebies for good measure.
Just book into our Travelodge in central Birmingham for access to the best sights.
1. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
Just two miles south of Birmingham City Centre, this conservation park is home to endangered species such as Alaotran gentle lemurs, yellow-breasted capuchin monkeys, Utila Island iguanas and cotton- topped tamarins. (Adults £5.50 and children 3-15 £3)
2. BBC Birmingham
Visit the BBC Birmingham on Level 7 of the Mailbox mall to try presenting the news or weather, get a selfie with a Dalek, or take a peek at The Archers’ studios. The 90-minute tour costs £9.25 for adults and £7 for kids.
3. Stretch those legs
Did you know the city counts nearly 600 parks and public open spaces? With over 200 play areas? Find a park near you from Cannon Hill Park to Kings Heath Park, let the kids run free, pack a picnic or go leaf-peeping during the changing seasons.
4. Follow the Tolkein Trail
Fans can follow in the footsteps of J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, who grew up in Birmingham. Get the leaflet (at the tourist information centre) and visit Tolkein’s past, including places he lived, played and studied from Sarehole Mill to Moseley Bog, the childhood playground that inspired the ‘old forest’ in his books.
Newly refurbished, the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square is home to thousands of books, photography exhibitions, craft workshops, and fun sessions for toddlers. Check the schedule online for events like Toddler Time or Saturday Story Time.
6.Craft Market at the Mac
In Cannon Hill Park, the Mac is free to enter (exhibits carry a charge). Don’t miss the craft market on the first Sunday of every month. The Food market is on the last Sunday of the month, and Christmas markets take place in December.
7.Visit the Mini Museum
Birmingham Museum is set in a Grade II listed building with over 40 galleries to explore, covering everything from art to archaeology and ethnography. Famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, it’s also got a Mini Museum for little visitors featuring storybooks, games and dressing up.
8. Hit the 3D movies
Head to the IMAX cinema for a 3D movie experience to remember. The screen is as high as a five-storey building with a crystal clear picture and digital surround sound. This theatre at Millennium Point has plenty of parking and is a 10-minute walk from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations. Adults £6.62, £4.82 for children.
9. Star City
A novel concept, Star City is a leisure and entertainment centre open since 2000, just ten minutes out of town. Home to all sorts of fun and games, from a funfair to ten-pin bowling and Twin Peaks indoor rock climbing, it’s a great place for a rainy day in. Try the indoor Adventure Island Mini Golf, for £7.50 unlimited mini-golf Mondays.
10. Go Birdwatching
Bartley Reservoir is a popular place for birdwatchers thanks to TV expert Bill Oddie. Often mentioned in his books and programmes, it’s a great spot to see mallards, kestrels, little owls and treecreepers. Edgbaston Reservoir is another must for spotting black-throated divers and red-necked grebes, but also for angling, rowing, canoeing and windsurfing.
*all prices correct at time of writing