Ideas for holidays, weekends and trips in Birmingham and its surroundings
Birmingham is a vibrant and entertaining city, offering numerous cultural and outdoor activities during your stay at the Campanile Birmingham hotel. The city's museums offer a chance to learn more about its long history and rich heritage. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter provides a glimpse into one of Birmingham's traditional industries. The museum is housed in an old jewellery workshop, complete with tools, machinery and live demonstrations. Cadbury World is a theme park dedicated to the local chocolate industry. Families can enjoy different rides, learn how chocolate treats are made and of course sample some goodies. To learn more about Birmingham's industrial past, pay a visit to the Black Country Living Museum, an open-air complex with houses, shops, mine shafts and other relics from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The National Sea Life Centre features a million-litre tank with starfish, seahorses, sharks, rays and other marine life, while the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum has ten interactive galleries, including a planetarium. Birmingham also has great outdoor spaces, such as Dudley Zoological Gardens, which is home to lions, bears, camels, lemurs, orang-utans, and many other animals. Sutton Park, which covers an area of 2400 acres, is the largest urban park in Europe. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Winterbourne Botanic Garden feature local and exotic plants and are ideal locations for afternoon strolls.