Birmingham has plenty going for it and no matter what you like or enjoy in life, you’ll find that there is plenty to see and do. While the area is home to many people and a place of work to even more individuals, Birmingham welcomes a considerable number of tourists. This means that there are many tourist areas to look out for, and these are some of the top tourist areas to visit in Birmingham.
The Tolkien Trail
While the success of the motion pictures means that The Lord of The Rings is hugely popular, these books and The Hobbit, have meant that JRR Tolkien has been one of the most famous and popular authors of all time. The writer, who spent time in his youth in Birmingham, was inspired by a number of areas that impacted on his writing and the Tolkien Trail is a hugely popular tourist attraction in the city.
You have the chance to view where Tolkien lived, where he would play as a child and you can also see where he studied; while learning more about the writer and his work.
Located in Cannon Hill Park, this is a hugely popular attraction due to the diversity of events and exhibits on offer. While you will find that you can gain entry to the building and many of the events for free, there are charges for most of the events.
This is also the setting for craft and food markets throughout the year, which means that it is a great hub of local engagement and interaction. If you are in Birmingham and want to experience local customer, culture and creativity, this is an ideal destination for you to fit into your schedule.
St Martin in the Bullring
It is likely that the Bullring is going to be one of the destinations you visit during your time in Birmingham but you don’t have to spend all of your time shopping. If you are looking for a more spiritual experience or you want to enjoy stunning architecture with a religious style, you’ll find that St Martin in the Bullring is the ideal destination.
The Jewellery Quarter
There is no shortage of fantastic shopping options in Birmingham but The Jewellery Quarter offers something a little bit different. It is believed that this area manufactures around 40% of all of the jewellery made in the United Kingdom.
The fact that this area is a historic one with a notable style of its own means that it is a hugely popular tourist attraction, and it welcomes countless tourists on a daily basis, many of whom are there to see the local sights as opposed to shopping.
Canon Hill Park
There will be times when you want to take things easy and there are some parks and green spaces that will help you to relax and take things easy when you are out in Birmingham. With close to 600 parks and open spaces in the wider Birmingham area, there is no shortage of options but if you’re looking for a chance to unwind, people watch and make the most of your spare time; Cannon Hill Park is the ideal option.
Other options include:
- The Cube/The Mailbox
- Dudley Museum & Art Gallery
- Ikon Gallery
- Martineau Gardens
- Saltwells Local Nature Reserve
- The BBC in the Mailbox
- The Library of Birmingham
- The Thinktank Science Garden
- Weoley Castle
- Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve
Also, if you have a sweet-tooth and don’t mind venturing a little bit out of your way, Cadbury’s World is sure to be a popular destination when you are visiting Birmingham. You have a chance to learn more about chocolates, see some of your favourite characters and have a fantastic day out. When it comes to seeing the very best of what Birmingham has to offer, you’ll find that the only limit may be the amount of time you have to cram everything in.
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