There is a wide variety of interesting things to do in Birmingham. If you are interested in the natural world, then Shugborough Estate has some of the finest examples of parkland and gardens in the area. The Botanical Gardens and Glass Houses, which have changed very little since their opening in 1832, are home to the widest range of plants and animals for miles around. There are numerous other, similar attractions, from Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to the Winterbourne House and Garden, all of which are stunning and the perfect places to get back to nature after spending time in the city.
In warmer weather, the city gets a buzz as everyone enjoys the sunshine, and sitting along the canals having a drink is a lovely way of passing the time. In winter, Birmingham’s famous Frankfurt Christmas Markets take over the town centre, with countless food stalls and places to buy mulled wine as well as souvenirs. It is definitely worth a visit with your friends, partner, or parents as these markets are really unique and lively.
For history enthusiasts, the Lapworth Museum of Geology allows you to explore 3.5 billion years of life, in the form of geological collections and fascinating exhibits. And Warwick Castle, one of the most historic and well-preserved castles in Europe, is outstanding both architecturally and visually.
For arts lovers, there are several venues where you can enjoy a show, and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the few galleries both owned, and run, for artists. Also, the Museum and Art Gallery holds a huge collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings which are an important part of our cultural history, as well as being beautiful pieces of art. In terms of theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Alexandra have many interesting performances all year round.