Top 5 attractions in Birmingham

There are many things to be said about Birmingham. It was the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution, and it was (and still is) one of the wealthiest cities in the country. It also has more miles of canal than all of Venice, which is no small feat – although the canals are very different. Much of the city was destroyed in WWII, but in the past couple of decades, major rebuilding took place and Birmingham is slowly starting to spruce itself up. All in all, this West Midlands city is turning into an eye-catching tourist destination, well worth visiting, so here are the top 5 tourist attractions in Birmingham.

Aston Hall

This beautiful Jacobean building on Trinity Road was turned into a museum – it contains period furniture and lots of

photo by Ian Rob

arts. The mansion was built in the 17th century, and it was preserved as well as possible. Art lovers will find much to see in Aston Hall, and if you’re in the area anyway, you might as well drop by Ozzy Osbourne’s birthplace, just a few blocks away from Aston Hall.

Cadbury World

If you want a taste of Birmingham’s industrial background, why not make it a delicious taste? Cadbury chocolate factory is huge, and utterly mouth-watering. Th factory has tours, and you will learn about the history of chocolate and you’ll be able to see how Cadbury sweets are produced, and even better, you will get free, freshly made chocolate.

Sarehole Mill

photo by Elliott Brown

There used to be lots of water mills in Birmingham, about fifty in the whole city, and Sarehole mill, built in the 18th century,  one of the best examples. The area around the mill is very pleasant, and it was the place where famous author J. R. R. Tolkie grew up (it was supposedly his inspiration for The Shire in The Lord of the Rings).

Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

Amateur botanists and people who like plants in general will definitely enjoy the sights of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, one of the unmissable top 5 attractions in Birmingham. There is a huge variety of domestic and exotic plants, and the gardens also regularly hosts workshops where you can both have fun and learn new things.

Thinktank

photo by William Hook

If you’re in the mood for a visit to a very interesting science museum, you definitely shouldn’t miss the Thinktank, one of the most interactive science museums in the UK. Industrial machinery is an important part of the displays (no surprise, considering the city’s history), and the museum is a great place for technology enthusiasts as well as for kids.

 

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