Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham is a vibrant and fun place with so much to see and do. Whether you are staying for a few hours, a day, or more, you are sure to be inspired and enjoy some fantastic sightseeing. If you are planning a holiday in Birmingham with children, then you may need a helpful hand to point you in the right direction. Sit back and let us introduce you to some of the best places to see in Birmingham with the family.
A super-sized library in Birmingham
Opened in 2013, the fantastic Library of Birmingham at Centenary Square is right in the city center. Open every day, it cost £189 million pounds to build, has a collection of 1 million books and ten levels to explore. Being the largest public library in Europe, you will be fascinated by its amazing ultra modern design, stunning book rotunda and the kids can even investigate "Middle Earth" and then chill-out in the lounge. The lower ground has a dedicated children’s area which has funky wall illustrations and bright yellow décor.
Cruise your cares away
Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice itself? A stay in Birmingham wouldn't be complete without a walk along the canals and a relaxing boat trip. There are many types of canal tours you can choose from, lasting from half an hour, to 45 minutes or longer. The canals sit near Broad Street in the city’s buzzing entertainment area and you can catch a boat trip from Kingston Row and Gas Street Basin. The popular Gas Street Basin is one of the more popular moorings due to its location near the waterside cafes, pubs and picturesque canal boats. A boat trip is a unique way to take in the beauty of Birmingham and soak up the history of the city, plus the kids will love the excitement of being on a boat.
Pick up a tasty treat at Cadbury World
Got a sweet tooth? Children and adults of all ages will adore Cadbury World in Bournville where you can find out how chocolate is made. For those with a bit more stamina, you can reach Bournville on foot by following the Birmingham canal. If this is too much for the kids it’s also accessible via car, bus or train. If you have time, make sure you also explore historic Bournville which is a pretty model village built by the Cadbury family. This is a must visit if you are a chocolate lover. Pre-booking is recommended and it’s advised you allow approximately 3 hours to fully enjoy the Cadbury World experience. In addition to the main exhibition there is a museum, play area, café and shops – a literal chocolate heaven.
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A stylish hotel in Birmingham
This is just a snippet of some the fantastic things to do on a city break to Birmingham with the kids. When planning a holiday, your hotel location and comfort is key, and that’s where the Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham won’t disappoint. Gorgeous accommodation in Birmingham, you will be right in the heart of the city and convenient to all these fantastic sights. With travel cots, family friendly rooms and babysitting services available, make sure you spoil yourself with a break from the children to take in some of Birmingham’s fabulous food and nightlife.
Inspired for your family trip to Birmingham? Spend a splendid time when you book your stay with Radisson Blu.