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Free Activities in Birmingham

Activities for families in Birmingham

With lockdown coming to a close, many people are desperate to get out of the house and resume normal life. Luckily, Birmingham offers brilliant free days out for everyone:

 

Aston Hall Gardens

Aston Hall is a magnificent 17th century red-brick mansion, one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built. The house itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and while entering the mansion is by guided tour only and requires an admission fee, visiting the café and the gardens is free. The gardens are absolutely beautiful- Lady Holte’s Garden, the South Garden for the Hall, is our favourite with its manicured symmetrical patterns and water feature.

BBC Birmingham Visitor Centre

Go behind the scenes at the BBC Birmingham Visitor Centre and you will even see Dr. Who’s Tardis and the Strictly Come Dancing judges’ desk! Who said you couldn’t be on TV?

Located at level 3 of The Mailbox building, the Visitor Centre offers interactive exhibitions and allows you to taste the best BBC has to offer on content and technology. You can even see the presenters in action via a viewing window. Paid guided tours are also available if you wish to delve further behind the curtains. Definitely recommended for families or anyone interested in communications and media.

 

The Custard Factory

Surprisingly, this isn’t a literal custard factory. While Birmingham has a wealth of shopping centres and they are all free, if you prefer more niche things, you really need to head over to the Custard Factory. Home to creative offices and arty shops, here you will find anything from art galleries and vintage shops to skater gear, craft beer tastings and a place where you can fix your Apple gadgets. There is a space dedicated to international graffiti!

 

Symphony Hall

Listen to concerts and visit photography exhibitions.

Internationally famous, the Birmingham Symphony Hall is quite a spectacle itself – modern on the outside and breathtakingly beautiful inside. While it mainly offers ticketed paid-for events, there are also free performances and exhibitions on offer.

 

Thinktank Science Garden

Birmingham has a great range of things to do with the kids and Thinktank Science Garden is comes highly recommended. Set big and little kids loose on over 30 hands-on exhibits exploring engineering, mechanics and transportation at the Thinktank Science Garden.

Part of Eastside City Park and located in front of the Thinktank Science Museum, the gardens are an outdoor discovery area packed with fun activates for the whole family. Harness renewable energy, go up the tower using a pulley and more! While entrance to the science museum itself isn’t free, the garden is open to the public free of charge from 3pm onwards.

 

Moor Street Station

Birmingham Moor Street is one of three main railway stations in the city centre of Birmingham, England, along with Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill.

Today's Moor Street station is a combination of the original station, opened in 1909 by the Great Western Railway as a terminus for local trains, and a newer Moor Street station with through platforms, a short distance from the original, which opened in 1987, replacing the original. The two were combined into one station in 2002, when the original was reopened and restored, and the newer station rebuilt in matching style.

Moor Street has become more important in recent years; two of the original terminus platforms were reopened in 2010, and the station is now the terminus of many Chiltern Railways services from London Marylebone, as well as being an important stop for local services on the Snow Hill Lines. It is now the second busiest railway station in Birmingham.

We have had a shop at Moor Street Station since February 2019; feel free to visit us and have a look at our collection of bouquets and house plants!