Birmingham in the West Midlands of the UK is the second largest city in the country and therefore has plenty to do even by just its size. Plus it is also well located in the centre of the country and has various areas and history.

Therefore, here are some of the top things to do in Birmingham for all interests.

1. Check out the local Birmingham canals

There are actually more canals in Birmingham than in Venice, which are dotted all around the city and linked to other areas such as Wolverhampton, Tamworth and Solihull.

There will be various towpaths and sections along these for walks and cycling or heading to the city centre around Brindleyplace and the canal. You can also check out amenities such as the National Sea Life Centre, the Ikon Gallery and the historic Roundhouse Birmingham building.

2. Visit the Jewellery Quarter

According to English heritage, just north of the city centre, it is packed full of local jewellers and related businesses as the largest cluster in Europe.

There are over 200 listed buildings and over 250 years of history here and in other related places, such as the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Pen Museum, and Coffin Works.

3. Head down to St Pauls Square

This is just next to the Jewellery Quarter as your head towards Birmingham city centre and an up-and-coming area of mixed uses.

Based around a grassed square with Church in the middle, there are amenities such as the Jam House, the Actress and Bishop pub, and all kinds of uses from residential flats to local serviced offices and workshops.

4. Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This includes 15 acres of ornamental gardens and glass houses with all kinds of birds and ovaries and tropical plant life.

There’s also plenty of lawn and shrubbery outside for a lovely walk and homes in the main buildings.

5. Go shopping at the Bullring Shopping Centre

This is a huge new shopping centre in the heart of Birmingham city centre with several levels and all kinds of retailers and leisure places. There are extended hours and easy access with Grand Central railway station on New Street and Birmingham Coach Station in the local Digbeth area.

Plus, don't forget other shopping venues like the Great Western Arcade.

6. Eat out at Michelin-starred restaurants

With a city of this size, there are many such high-grade restaurants, including Purnells, Simpsons, Adams, Carters of Moseley and Opheem.

7. Enjoy the various music venues

With a pedigree of music artists coming in from Birmingham, such as UB40, Durran Durran and Black Sabbath, then there is a great legacy to build on when it comes to music venues and the local scene.

Examples include The Mill, the Sunflower Lounge, The Night Owls, or the Jam House at Saint Pauls's Square.

8. Checkout Moseley Bog

This is on the city's edge on an old Mill Pond and now forms an exciting nature reserve of plants, animals, etc.

It is a sight of great archaeological interest from the remains of an all-milldam and foundations of Victorian greenhouses, and you can even book a tour at Sarehole Mill at the edge of the bog.

9. Grab a pint traditional local pub

A classic example is the Barton Arms, with Victorian architecture and one of the world's greatest pubs in the Newtown area.

10. Visit Cadbury World chocolate factory

This includes a full chocolate factory tour. Based near Bournville Village, not only is there Cadburys chocolate, but there are full tours of this area.

11. Check out the Custard Factory

This trendy Victorian factory has become studios, small media and artistic businesses.

There are all kinds of galleries, shops, café etc, and even the Mockingbird Cinema. Worth a look around this building and the wider Digbeth area.

12. Visit the Edgbaston Cricket Ground

This is where Warwickshire County Cricket Club is based and a great venue for cricket to be enjoyed; therefore, book a tour of the stadium, including the changing rooms and main grassed area.

13. Visit The Mailbox and Brindley Place

They are located within a few minutes' walk of each other along the canal. This is an ideal double venue to check out various restaurants and eating places.

This also includes smaller pubs and venues along the canal and bottom of Broad Street, along with canal boats around Brindleyplace.

14. Don’t forget the Grand Hotel

This is in Birmingham city centre, and a grade 2 listed Victorian hotel which reopened in 2020. Famous people such as Winston Churchill have been here and now has a new outdoor terrace in the central courtyard to enjoy.

15. Make the most of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

This has a variety of treasures, from Anglo-Saxon goals to more modern features, including the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world and in a beautiful building in the centre of Birmingham.

There is also an Edwardian tea room and round room to use.

16. Book a spot at the theatre at The Rep

This is part of Birmingham‘s theatre scene for over a century; then check out what is available to enjoy, including the seasonal snowman.

17. Remember the Birmingham Royal Ballet

This is one of the five main ballet companies in the UK; therefore, make the most of this being available in Birmingham and choose a spectacular ballet to watch.

18. See a concert at the Symphony Hall

This is located between Brindley Place and heading towards Victoria Square in Birmingham and is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

It has been voted as having the seventh-best concert hall acoustics in the world; therefore, choose your preferred event and enjoy.

19. Enjoy the National Motorcycle Museum

This collection of over 1000 motorcycles is the largest of British motorcycles available. Also, make the most of guided tours of the venue.

20. A more modern Peaky Blinders Tour

These are now available for the contemporary time TV series, Peaky Blinders and checking out The Streets in the programs to discover the programme's criminal gang and visit the lock-up Steelhouse Lane police station.

Plus, don’t forget the Black Country Living Museum for more details of the actual filming set.

21. Visit St Phillips Cathedral

This is one of the country's smallest cathedrals but still a beautiful building to see in Birmingham's city centre. As an example, in the ceiling, you will find 2000 soul boats hanging from there.

22. To explore Aston Hall

This is one of the last Jacobian houses to be built with features such as display rooms and symmetrical gardens outside. There was also the wilderness on Warstone Lane, with good food also being served.

23. Check out the Shakespeare Express

This is a steam train from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon, and although they have not been used recently then, keep an eye on their website to see when their license is approved to continue this legendary train ride in one of the few remaining steam trains in the country.

24. Visit Winterborne House and Gardens

Just a few miles outside Birmingham, this is a great spot to see history in action, including the arts and crafts on display, all the antiques in the main house and the outside gardens with over 6000 plant species

25. Stroll through Sheldon Country Park

This is a glimpse of some countryside rambling with various trails ranging from 2 to 5 km. Also, check out the Old Rectory Farm near the park entrance dating back to the 17th century.

26. The National Sea Life Centre

This is a great day out for the whole family in the centre of Birmingham near the Great Symphony Hall. There are different events on at specific times and tours around this building.

27. Events at the Birmingham Hippodrome

There's all types of events from pantomimes to ballet, opera, and even comedy, this is a popular venue in the centre of Birmingham to check out what’s on.

It’s also near various bars and restaurants, and eating areas to make the most of the whole experience.

28. Grand Prix Karting

This is for both children and bigger kids, and a great time for go-karting in this outdoor raceway. Just 1 mile from the city centre it’s easily accessible by motorways like the M6 and M42 and public transport.

29. Remember Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

A great day out for the family and those who love animals, including those on the endangered species list. Although not a large size it is still reasonably priced and a good experience.

30. Visit the Barber Institute of Fine Arts

This is one of Birmingham’s greatest art deco buildings, designed by Robert Atkinson. One of Britain’s leading architects. Many world-class artists are on show in the gallery, including ancient Roman coins and treasures from ancient Egypt.

31. Visit the Library of Birmingham

This is now based in Centenary Square in a very impressive building after being redeveloped on several levels. It’s also located near the symphony hall on the bottom of Broad Street to also go to other venues.

32. A trip to Star City

This is a standalone leisure development on the northeast edge of the city centre with a variety of different eating and leisure pursuits like bowling. This can be an easy win for friends or the family and be able to drive and park there easily.

33. Visit the Back to Bricks Buildings

This is a series of old houses in the centre of Birmingham worth checking out through the National Trust.

34. Check out Cannon Hill Park

With a mixture of indoor and outdoor pursuits, sports games and rides. This can also be an entertaining day out for the whole family and the youngsters, with features like the land train, Swan Lake boat in the wildlife, conservation park, sports, and then food and drink venues.

35. The Millennium Point

Based on Curzon Street, this is the largest landmark millennium project in England outside London which opened in 2001. Available for all kinds of visitors and clients with a range of ideas and educational technology based on a redevelopment site on the edge of Birmingham City Centre.

36. The Belfry Golf Club

Located near Sutton Coldfield, this famous golf course has hosted more Rider cups than any other destination; whether it’s a hired venue or making the most of the driving range, this is a great place to visit.