For those looking to have a great time that doesn’t leave a huge dent in their bank balance, here’s just a teaser for all the fun that you can have in Birmingham… for free!
Stroll along Birmingham’s canals
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this sounds more boring than anything else! Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice and with plenty of beautiful sights along the way; a stroll along the waterside is a great way to take a break from the city. Find a perfect spot for a family picnic, or grab a book and relax for a moment of peaceful solitude while canal boats drift by…
BBC Birmingham Tours and Public Place
… A walk along Birmingham’s Canal Old Line will lead you towards The Mailbox, a stylish shopping centre, and BBC Birmingham. As well as being the home place to much-loved BBC shows such as The Archers, BBC Birmingham also hosts its free Public Space where the public can try their hand at being a BBC presenter! Open 7 days a week, pop in, meet your favourite BBC, CBBC and CBeebies characters, or explore the Dr. Who Tardis and fend off Daleks – we’re sure if you ask nicely, they’ll pose for a quick photo!
Town Hall & Symphony Hall
The iconic Town Hall and Symphony Hall buildings are at the heart of Birmingham architecture, as well as being leading music venues which welcome over 500,000 people to around 800 events each year. Many of these events are free throughout the year, so make sure to check out what’s on during your time in Birmingham!
The Library of Birmingham
The name doesn’t really do it justice as The Library of Birmingham is much more than just a home for books (even though it is the largest library in Europe). The building itself is a wonder that continues as you enter through its doors into ten floors of literary bliss… those who are accompanying book-lovers, be warned, you’ll be here for some time! Take the time to explore Centenary Square which surrounds an outdoor amphitheatre, providing a beautiful setting for drama, music and poetry performances. What’s more, the library’s summit is one of the highest points in Birmingham with beautiful panoramic views of the city. If you can handle the climb, be prepared to see something awesome… just make sure you haven’t left your camera down below!
Eastside City Park
The first urban park in Birmingham for 130 years, Eastside City Park is home to 310 trees, loads of grassy space for you to relax upon, and a 188m canal feature. Perfect for when the weather’s warm, this park is a favourite for those who would rather be outside on days when the sun is out too… take advantage of the 21-jet dry plaza for moments when you need to cool off with a good soaking! The park blends nature with science in the Science Garden which forms a part of the Thinktank Science Museum which, sadly, has an admission price but is great fun for budding scientists!
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Unlike the Thinktank Science Museum, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free entry and a must-do for anyone who has a passion for art and history. Admire centuries of European history and culture through 40 different galleries and exhibitions displaying art by the Pre-Raphaelites as well as social history, archaeology and ethnography from Europe that spans seven centuries including ancient Greece and Rome.
No matter when you decide to visit Birmingham, there are festivals on throughout the year – and not just your usual summer music festivals! Celebrate Chinese New Year at the start of February which takes place in the Arcadian Centre with great entertainment that is free for all. Or celebrate Pride in May with Birmingham’s LGBT Pride Weekend extravaganza! The International Dance Festival is a month long spectacular of dance that occurs every two years. The last 2014 festival was a rousing success, showcasing the best of dance from across the globe with 2016 promising to be even better!