Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and there’s plenty to see and do right here.

You might be surprised to know what a fantastic travel hub it makes, too.

See more of this beautiful part of the country, from must-see historic sites to relaxed family fun. You’ll find everything you need for an incredible holiday – all within just 50 miles of Birmingham.

Fit for a King – and Queen

If you’ve always longed to walk around a castle, you’re spoilt for choice.

Soak up 1100 years of history in one day at Warwick Castle, with live shows featuring jousting and birds of prey. Step even further back into the past at Stokesay Castle, a 13th-century fortified manor house. Ruins are beautiful, too – and few are more so than those of Kenilworth Castle, where you can walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I.

Foodie favourites

For a traditional English afternoon tea, pay a visit to Huffkins in the mediaeval Cotswolds town of Burford. Don’t leave without a hearty chunk of the local cheese, Oxford Blue. Meat lovers should head northeast to the market town of Melton Mowbray, and Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe.

Historic gems

Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, is a must for international visitors and Brits alike. Immerse yourself in the nineteenth century at Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Why not visit a new country? The Welsh border is less than 50 miles from Birmingham, and it’s a short hop across the border to the historic market town of Knighton.

The Great Outdoors

Birmingham may be a bright bustling city, but its central location means five designated Areas of Natural Beauty and a National Park are all an easy drive away.

For dramatic scenery, pull on your hiking boots and head north for the Peak District. Nature reserves and trails through ancient woodlands offer options for hardy walkers and afternoon strollers alike in the Malvern Hills. Further southwest lies the Wye Valley, with its spectacular limestone gorge scenery and beautiful riverside walks. For an authentic sense of England’s beech woods, stone walls and rolling fields, choose the Cotswolds.

Family fun

Cadbury World offers sweet treats from a trip through a Mayan rainforest to a 4D cinema adventure. Blow away the cobwebs on the rides at Alton Towers theme park. Travel around the world to see big cats, zebra, rhino, elephants and many more at West Midlands Safari Park. Or, if you’ve a good head for heights, visit Go Ape Cannock Chase for high ropes, zip wires and Tarzan swings among the trees.


Birmingham is a great destination for anyone who loves to shop, with the Bullring, Grand Central, and the Mailbox – plus an array of quirky independent shops and Victorian arcades.

Continue the retail therapy with a trip to Bicester Village, a designer outlet featuring deep discounts on great brands in fashion, sportswear, and luxury goods at over 160 designer boutiques