In the Area
Our Birmingham Top 10:
When a lot of people think about Birmingham they think "Spaghetti Junction" and not much beyond - but Birmingham is about so much more. We've got culture, diversity, fun and shopping too! Take a look below at some of our favourite things to do in Birmingham.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Get a unique tour of a working jewellery factory in the world-famous Birmingham jewellery quarter. Gives a fascinating insight into the jewellers art through displays and live demonstrations. Recently voted in the top 3 of European free attractions.
Birmingham Back to Backs
Be transported back in time with an atmospheric and realistic glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people who helped to make Birmingham extraordinary.
The Barber Institute
Part of the University of Birmingham, the Barber Institute houses a collection of exceptional old-master paintings and 19th century art. Admission is free.
Birmingham is great for shopping and the Bullring hosts some of the best of the high street including Selfridges, Swarovski, Reiss, Kurt Geiger and Debenhams. When you've had your fill head over to more 'designer' Mailbox centre for Harvey Nichols, B&O, Armani and more!
The Balti Triangle
Birmingham is the Balti Capital and you will find most of our Balti houses here in the Balti triangle (the area between Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Mosely).
One of Birmingham's last surviving water mills - try and visit on a day when a milling demonstration is going on for the full experience. The author JRR Tolkien contributed to the renovation of the mill in the 1960's and the area around the Mill is believed to be the inspiration for his 'The Shire' from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
The Thinktank is Birmingham's award winning science museum and a place where learning comes alive. Explore everything from the human body to engineering and aircraft. Housed in Millennium Point along with the Imax Cinema and Young Peoples Parliament.
If you like chocolate then you'll love Cadbury World in Bourneville. Learn about the history of chocolate and how sweets are made in this interactive experience - not just for kids!
With fantastic acoustics and a stunning auditorium Symphony Hall is widely acknowledged as the best of Britain and one of the finest in the world. You can take in a range of concerts from classical to jazz, and from stand-up comedy to world music.
The Jam House
Music lovers will adore the Jam House which has TV presenter and pianist Jools Holland as its patron. It does get crowded but the great music and positive atmosphere will show you why and more than makes up. It might be standing room only or you can book a table for dinner.
Favourite Day Trips:
Travelling just a little way out of Birmingham itself there's even more to discover...
Shakespeares birthplace, the home of the RSC theatre company and a pretty town. A must-visit location to all first-time visitors the West Midlands.
Warwick is a lovely little market town with a big castle in the middle! Great family fun attraction - jousting and mediaeval re-enactments on certain dates.
West Midlands Safari Park
Get up close with white tigers, monkeys and more!
Ironbridge Gorge Museum
With 10 award winning museums set in the River Severn Valley (still spanned by the world's first ever Iron Bridge - a World Heritage site) and 'passport' admission available for all museums, this museum complex is a great value day out where you can discover all about the Industrial Revolution and life in Victorian Britain with working demonstrations, fun activities and thought provoking exhibitions.
Elmdon Lodge is ideally located to discover the South Birmingham, Solihull and West Midlands areas. Theres so much to do around here and always new things to discover - on this webpage we hope to give you some ideas about what to do during your stay and what you can expect from the local area.
On our door-step
We have plenty of local shops and amenities right on our door-step! It's less than a 5 minute walk to an off licence & general store, grocers, fish & chippie / takeaway, English-style cafe, florist, post office, hairdresser, barbers-shop, newsagent, laundrette, the police station and the railway station (with quick links to the city-centre and Solihull).
Acocks Green Village
Acocks Green is a working multicultural suburb located to the South of Birmingham, roughly equidistant from the city-centre, Solihull and the NEC - making it a convenient base for exploring the area.
In the 'Village' you will find a range of high street shops, chain-stores and independents - including Wilkinsons, several supermarkets, Dorothy Perkins, Works bookstore, Argos, and lots of pubs and restaurants (in a variety of cuisines & styles from Greek to Indian, and from Italian to Irish).
Although Acocks Green is a relaxed kind of place you will find there is plenty to do! We have a world-class yoga centre, a big dance studio where you can learn anything from Bangra to the Tango, a leisure centre with swimming pool, LaserQuest and bowling alley, and several parks and green spaces which are ideal for jogging or relaxing with the kids.
There are several chemists who you will find able and willing to give advice on a multitude of problems, several doctors and dental surgeries. There are also major hospitals located within easy reach for any more major emergencies you may have.
For the devout, there are a whopping seven churches (Catholic, C of E, Baptist, Methodist, etcetera) plus the Ghamkol Sharif Mosque. Most major faiths are well represented throughout the Birmingham area with places of worship located not far from Acocks Green itself.
There's so much to do in Birmingham! We've got world-class shopping, arts, sports, entertainment (clubs, bars, concerts and gigs) and the possibility of exploring a Great British industrial and cultural heritage.
From high street to ultra-designer - Birmingham's shopping has something to please. Visit the Bullring for mid to upper high street outlets (including Selfridges and Debenhams), the Mailbox for high-end shopping (Harvey Nichols and Armani), or browse through the streets to see what delights you can find.
Near the Bullring you will also find Birmingham's world famous 'Rag Market'.
Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries operates several fantastic cultural resources including the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery itself where you can see an astounding public collection (and the world's biggest) of Pre-Raphaelite art including work by Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel-Rosetti.
You must also visit Aston Hall which is a Jacobean mansion house with sumptuous interiors - positioned next to Aston Villa football club and with lovely green gardens - that played a part in the civil war of the 1640's (roundheads vs cavaliers). Aston Hall is even supposed to be haunted - see if you can spot the ghost of Sir Thomas Holte's daughter!
Another must visit BM&AG resource is Soho House - the home of renowned industrialist and founding member of the Lunar Society Matthew Boulton. Boulton had a voracious mind and was instrumental in introducing items we take for granted such as silver plate, steam power and the steam engine, standardised coinage that was difficult to forge, and worker compensation for injuries on the job.
All of BM&AG's attractions are free to enter (with the exception of some specialist exhibitions).
Birmingham the Balti & Bling Capital
Birmingham is rightly famed for two things - jewellery and Balti.
Birmingham's jewellery quarter is home to over 400 jewellery businesses and 200 listed buildings. A proposed World Heritage site, it is also home to Birmingham's last remaining Georgian Square.
Birmingham is known for it's Balti - and the place to go for a Balti is the 'Balti Triangle' between Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Mosely as it has the highest concentration of Balti restaurants than anywhere else in the world. Most restaurants in the area are unlicensed and diners bring their own alcoholic drinks.
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