For hundreds of years, people have been enjoying chocolate. Have you ever wanted to know more about the history of cocoa, wondered how our favourite chocolate treats are made or even dreamed of taking a ride through a chocolate wonderland?
If so, you will enjoy a sweet family day out at Cadbury World in Birmingham.
The History of Cadbury
In 1824 on Birmingham’s Bull Street, John Cadbury established a shop selling tea, coffee and drinking chocolate. His sons continued his legacy, and in 1897 built a custom chocolate factory in an area they named Bournville. From here, Cadbury created and produced their famous treats like Dairy Milk, Flake, Caramel and Milk Tray chocolates.
Tours of the factory to see the chocolate making progress were always popular and so, in 1990, a dedicated Cadbury World opened.
A Tour of Cadbury World
Situated on a site next to the Cadbury factory in Bournville, Cadbury World in Birmingham gives fans of chocolatey goodness the chance to take a closer look at the world of Cadbury.
Visitors to Cadbury World can discover more about the history and production of chocolate in 14 unique zones.
Start your trip with a journey back in time to the Mexican rainforest of the Mayans Aztec and see Aztec Emperor Montezuma, who loved to drink ‘chocolatl’. Your voyage takes in a trip back to Europe, where you will find out who brought cocoa beans across the seas. The trip to the past continues with a walk down the Bull Street of John Cadbury’s day, where the man himself will tell you his inspiring story.
Your tour will take you behind the scenes of modern chocolate production, too. Surprises are in store with a lesson on making liquid chocolate, while interactive videos will let you in on the secrets of some Cadbury favourites. Virtual games let you grow your own cocoa beans, and you can try designing your own chocolate packaging. There’s a special glimpse into the Cadbury factory itself, where famous chocolate products are made and packed.
Children will love a gentle ride in a Beanmobile through a magical chocolate wonderland, as well as playing in the African Adventure area – which has a special play zone for under 5’s.
There are plenty of opportunities to satisfy the inevitable chocolate cravings in Cadbury World. After an expert demonstration, you can make your own chocolate treat. A trip to the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop gives you the chance to purchase beloved Cadbury chocolate products, souvenir gifts, and exclusive chocolate products produced in Cadbury World.
A stop at the self-service Cadbury World restaurant will give you the chance for sweet and savoury food including lunch and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.
Plan your Visit
Why not plan your trip to tie in with a special Cadbury World weekend? From 23 November to 22 December, Cadbury World will be choc full of festive activities with their Christmas Celebration Weekends. Father Christmas will be in his grotto with a free gift for children, entertainers will spread festive cheer, and there will even be a unique ‘Jack and the Cocoa Bean Stalk’ pantomime to enjoy.
Cadbury World is a popular attraction, so we recommended you book early to avoid disappointment. What’s more, if you book online you’ll receive a special discount. Cadbury World is 4 miles south of Birmingham city centre, and visitors can enjoy spending several hours on site.
A stay in one of our nearby hotels in Birmingham is a perfect end to a day at Cadbury World. Enjoy stunning views of the city form the Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham 39-storey glass skyscraper, eat a family meal in our award-winning Italian restaurant, and if you are feeling guilty you can work off some of those cocoa treats in our health and fitness centre. Cadbury World is just ten minutes by car, and easily accessible by train.