From theme parks to historic sites, museums, wildlife, and more, there’s a wide array of fun things to do in Birmingham with kids.
Let’s look at the best Birmingham attractions for families and kids, operating hours, prices, contact information, and nearest transit points.
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19 Fun Things To Do In Birmingham With Kids
- Adventure & Theme Parks
- Arts & Entertainment
- Games & Entertainment Centre
- Historic Sites
- Nature and Wildlife Areas
- Other attractions
Bookmark these for your next visit to the city – whether you’re here to catch the Commonwealth Games 2022, or just to spend a relaxed weekend!
Adventure & Theme Parks
1. The Bear Grylls Adventure
The Bear Grylls Adventure Park offers an adrenaline-pumping experience with activities such as a royal marine-inspired assault course, diving with sharks, indoor skydiving, and more. This adventure and theme park is a safe and fun way to test your physical and mental endurance.
Operating hours: Mon 9:00am-5:00pm, Thu, Fri 11:00am-5:00pm, Sat 9:00am-7:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:30pm, Tue, Wed Closed
Address: National Exhibition Center, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham City Centre B40 1NT
Contact: +44 121 725 2616, firstname.lastname@example.org, beargryllsadventure.com
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Birmingham Intl, Olton Station, Stechford Rail Station
Nearby attractions: Drayton Manor Theme Park, Resorts World Birmingham, Birmingham Airport
2. Ackers Adventure
The spectacular Ackers Adventure park spans over 75 acres of landscape, featuring grasslands, woodlands, and mainline railways. The park offers fun and exciting activities for all ages and abilities, including skiing, zip-lining, kayaking, archery, etc.
Operating hours: Mon 10:00am-5:30pm, Tue-Fri 10:00am-9:00pm, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:30pm
Address: Golden Hillock Rd, Birmingham B1 1 2PY
Contact: +44 121 772 5111, email@example.com, ackers-adventure.co.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Birmingham Coach Station, Birmingham Moor Street Station, Birmingham New Street Station
Nearby attractions: Vintage Trains (Shakespeare Express), Moseley Road Baths, Thinktank Science Museum
Arts & Entertainment
3. Birmingham Hippodrome
The Birmingham Hippodrome is among the UK’s most popular tourist attractions, averaging roughly 500,000 visits annually. The venue hosts the world’s biggest musical comedy, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, broadway musicals, and more.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am- 6:00pm
Address: Hurst Street, West Midlands, Birmingham B5 4TB
Contact: +44 844 338 5000, birminghamhippodrome.com
Prices: Not available
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham Coach Station, Birmingham Moor Street Station
Nearby attractions: Back to Backs, O2 Academy Birmingham, The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
This award-winning arts centre boasts a 300-seat auditorium, an art studio space, three floors of gallery space, meeting rooms, and a café with free Wi-Fi access. The regular programs include live screenings, music, comedy, theatre, dance, visual arts, and films.
Operating hours: Mon-Sun 8:00am-8:00pm
Address: Slideshow Dr, Bromsgrove, Birmingham B60 1GN
Contact: +44 152 757 7330
Prices: Not available
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Church Road, Foregate Street Station, Rowley Regis Station
Nearby attractions: The Falconry Centre, Cadbury World, Lickey Hills Country Park
Games & Entertainment Centre
5. Escape Hunt Birmingham Central
Escape Hunt is a great venue for escape room games and entertainment. The venue features a luxury lounge and VIP amenities, making it a great place for groups, families, or for a fun day out with friends.
Operating hours: Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm
Address: The Square, 120-122 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6SX
Contact: +44 121 233 3023, escapehunt.com/uk/birmingham
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Bexhill Grove, Station Street (Stop NS13), Hagley Road Francis Road
Nearby attractions: The Coffin Works, Queen Victoria, Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham
6. Boulder Central Indoor Climbing
The Boulder Central Indoor Climbing centre has the best indoor bouldering wall in the West Midlands. They boast a range of climbing activities suitable for all ages and abilities.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri, Sat 10:00am-06:00pm
Address: Unit 4, Richmond Street South, West Bromwich, B70 0DG
Contact: +44 121 448 3736, firstname.lastname@example.org, bouldercentral.co.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Rail Station Bridge. Sandwell & Dudley Station, Rowley Regis Station
Nearby attractions: Sheepwash Nature Reserve, Gandhi Peace Centre, Dudley Canal & Caverns
7. National Trust – Birmingham Back to Backs
Birmingham Back to Backs (also known as Court 15), located in Birmingham city centre, is a unique type of British terraced housing built in the early 1900s. This is among the last surviving court of back-to-back houses, offering a rare glimpse into the historic British architecture.
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Hagley Road Francis Road, Bexhill Grove, Five Ways
Nearby attractions: Treetop Adventure Golf, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham City Council – Victoria Square
8. Winterbourne House and Garden
Winterbourne House and Garden is a unique heritage attraction that features seven acres of spectacular botanical gardens. Here, you can stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, wander along the woodlands, or soak up the peacefulness of this pristine English Edwardian home.
Operating hours: Mon-Sun 10:30am-5:00pm
Address: 58 Edgbaston Park Road, West Midland, Birmingham B15 2RT
Contact: +44 121 414 3003, winterbourne.org.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: University Station (Stop QD), Hagley Road Francis Road, Selly Oak Station
Nearby attractions: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham, Rush United Kingdom Trampoline Park
9. Aston Hall
The 17th-century architecture of the historic Aston Hall is a hugely popular thing with visitors of all ages. In 1858, this red-brick mansion became the first historic building opened as a public museum by Queen Victoria.
Operating hours: Wed-Sun 12:00pm- 4:00pm, Mon, Tue Closed
Address: Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6JD
Contact: +44 121 348 8100, hello@BirminghamMuseums.org.uk, birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston/visit
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Station Bridge (Stop T1), Hagley Road Francis Road, Bordesley Green (Stop HB)
Nearby attractions: Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Cannon Hill Park
10. Pen Museum
This Birmingham museum is a popular tourist attraction, offering a fascinating view of the city’s pen trade history and legacy. You can enjoy various activities here, including the experience of writing with a quill and ink, using typewriters, and making nibs.
Operating hours: Fri, Sat 11:00am-4:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm
Address: 60 Frederick Street, West Midlands, Birmingham B1 3HS
Contact: +44 121 236 9834, email@example.com, penmuseum.org.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Five Ways, Suffolk Street Queensway, Great Charles Street Queensway (Stop GC1)
Nearby attractions: The Hive Cafe & Bakery, Escape Brum, Jewellery Quarter
Nature and Wildlife Areas
11. The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary is a British charitable organisation devoted to transforming the quality of life of donkeys and mules globally. This award-winning attraction offers scenic coast and countryside views. It’s also a great palace to gain essential knowledge and advice about caring for donkeys.
Operating hours: Sat 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm, First Sunday of the month 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm
Address: Town Gate, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B74 2YT
Contact: +44 121 354 9444, thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Town Middle School, Sutton Coldfield, Four Oaks
Nearby attractions: Sutton Park, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Thomas Land
12. Ash End House Children’s Farm
This family-owned Children’s farm boasts plenty of friendly farm animals and a newly built indoor soft play centre. Enjoy a range of fun activities, including holding a baby chicken or bunny, sitting on a pony or shire horses, feeding animals, and falconry displays.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm, Sat, Sun 9:30am-5:00pm
Address: Middleton Lane, Tamworth, Birmingham B78 2BL
Contact: +44 121 329 3240, firstname.lastname@example.org, ashendchildrensfarm.co.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Stechford Rail Station, Olton Station, Bordesley Green (Stop HB)
Nearby attractions: Conkers, Kingsbury Water Park, Resorts World Birmingham
13. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens boasts fifteen acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, over 7000 plants, and a new butterfly house. The centre is home to over 1000 plant species spread across its four glasshouses, including tropical, subtropical, Mediterranean, and arid houses.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat, Sun 10:00am-7:00pm
Address: Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR
Contact: +441214541860, email@example.com, birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Hagley Road Francis Road, Bexhill Grove, Five Ways
Nearby attractions: Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham, Cadbury World, Symphony Hall
14. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (formerly known as Birmingham Nature Centre and Birmingham Zoo) is home to a unique collection of animals, including monkeys, tamarins, cranes, ibises, and more. The park offers a great opportunity to get up close with some of the world’s rarest and endangered species.
Operating hours: Mon to Sun: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Address: Pershore Rd, Birmingham B5 7RL
Contact: +44 121 472 5488
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Hagley Road Francis Road, University Station (Stop QD), Bexhill Grove
Nearby attractions: Jewellery Quarter, Millennium Point, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
15. Waseley Hills Country Park
The Waseley Hills Country Park is a 150-acre local nature reserve offering panoramic views of rolling open hills with old hedgerows, green pastures, and small pockets of woodland. This spectacular park reaches a maximum elevation of 998 feet.
Operating hours: Mon to Sun: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Address: Gannow Green Ln, Rubery, Birmingham B45 9AT
Contact: +44 1562 710025
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Church Road, Halesowen, Rowley Regis Station
Nearby attractions: Cadbury World, The Falconry Centre, Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham
16. Lickey Hills Country Park
Spanning across 524-acres, the Lickey Hills Country Park is amongst the most popular Birmingham parks. This park is a great spot for a day out with the family, sports, school trips, and spotting wildlife.
Operating hours: Mon to Sun: 07:30 AM to 09:45 PM
Address: Warren Ln, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8ER
Contact: +44 121 445 6036Prices: Free
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Longbridge Technology Park (Stop LC), Church Road, Rowley Regis Station
Nearby attractions: Beacon Hill Toposcope, The Falconry Centre, Umberslade Adventure
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17. The Library Of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham was opened on 3rd September 2013, replacing the Birmingham Central Library. It is the largest public library and the 10th most popular visitor attraction in the UK.
Operating hours: Mon, Tue: 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM, Wed to Sat: 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Sun: Closed
Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND
Contact: +44 121 242 4242
Prices: Not available
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Bexhill Grove, Hagley Road Francis Road, Five Ways
Nearby attractions: Roundhouse Birmingham, Lapworth Museum of Geology, Jewellery Quarter
18. Bullring and Grand Central Birmingham
The Bullring and Grand Central are two popular shopping centres connected via a link bridge. You’ll find your favourite children’s clothing and toy stores, over 60 restaurants, family parking, and baby changing rooms under one iconic roof.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-8:00pm, Sat 9:00am-8:00pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm
Address: Bullring, Birmingham, West Midlands, Birmingham B5 4bu
Contact: +44 121 632 1500, bullring.co.uk
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Station Street (Stop NS13), Bordesley Rail Station, Digbeth Coach Station
Nearby attractions: National Trust – Birmingham Back to Backs, Cadbury World, The Coffin Works
19. Villa Park Stadium Tour
The Villa Park Stadium Tour offers a unique opportunity to experience an unforgettable day out at one of English football’s premium stadiums. This exciting and informative tour allows you access to the players dressing rooms, take the manager’s position on the bench, and emerge from the player’s tunnel, guaranteeing a day to remember.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm, Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm
Address: Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham B6 6HE
Contact: +44 121 327 5353, firstname.lastname@example.org, avfc.co.uk/villa-park/stadium-tours
Nearest Bus/Train Stop: Station Bridge (Stop T1), Witton, Hagley Road Francis Road
Nearby attractions: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Sandwell Valley Country Park, Cannon Hill Park
If you’re looking to venture out of Birmingham city, drive out to these magnificent places:
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
- Alton Towers, Staffordshire
- Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
- Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire
- Dudley Zoo and Castle, Dudley
- West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire
- Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
- Peak District National Park, South Yorkshire
(Fun Fact: There’s a Birmingham city (“Magic City”) in downtown Alabama as well, with many great attractions. So make sure you aren’t looking for these places in Birmingham Al – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, McWane Science Center, Red Mountain Park, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Vulcan Park, Southern Museum of Flight.)