As the second most populous city in England, with a rich and lengthy history, Birmingham has a wealth of cultural attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The city’s vibrant museum scene has something for everyone, and as with most museums in the UK, many are completely free to visit.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
This city centre museum and art gallery has an impressive permanent collection and a frequently updated roster of temporary exhibitions. Among the permanent attractions, you will find the famous Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold that has been found in the country. The exhibition explains all about the collection as well as the methods researchers use to explore its history. Many Birmingham serviced apartments are located within easy reach of the museum – it’s a must-see if you’re staying nearby.
This incredible Jacobean property has been painstakingly restored to its original glory and is one of the city’s must-see attractions. Its fascinating history includes royal visits and English Civil War strife. If you fancy a bit of time outdoors, the hall’s grounds are a great place for walking when the weather is fine. Lady Holte’s Garden was designed to be a tranquil and calming place to walk, and it remains just that even today.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
This interesting museum is located around a preserved jewellery workshop and lets visitors see what it was like working in the Jewellery Quarter in its heyday. The guided tour features demonstrations, and there are also two galleries in the museum that visitors can explore at their leisure. If you’re staying in one of the many Birmingham stylish city centre serviced apartments, you’ll find the Jewellery Quarter easily reachable from most city centre locations.
Thinktank is the city’s science museum and is well worth a visit, whether you are a group of adults or adults and children. The planetarium is definitely not to be missed, and you will find shows on at regular intervals every day of the week. This is probably the best city museum to visit with kids, as there is a whole host of family friendly attractions here as well as special activities during the school holidays and at weekends. You’ll also find seasonal events at Christmas, Easter and other times of year.