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15 great things to do in Birmingham
Things to do

15 great things to do in Birmingham

The title of ‘Britain’s second city’ might have been bitterly fought over with Manchester over the years – but size terms alone, Birmingham still very much holds the exalted Number Two spot. And guess what? There’s also a lot of things to do and see here, too. Whether you’re looking for great restaurants or chic bars, or fancy a wander around the city’s galleries, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied. Here are 15 essential things to do if you’re visiting Birmingham. 

The top ten Birmingham attractions
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The top ten Birmingham attractions

Birmingham has emerged from its industrial past to become a thriving cultural beacon, with plenty of top-notch attactions on offer. Explore and enjoy.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Resplendent yet accessible, the Symphony Hall is the model of a perfect modern concert space 

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National Sea Life Centre
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National Sea Life Centre

A million-litre underwater tank and more than a thousand creatures – including giant turtles, otters and seahorses 

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Explore Birmingham's best galleries

Ikon Gallery
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Ikon Gallery

The beating heart of contemporary art in Birmingham, in a striking neo-gothic building in Brindleyplace

The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts
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The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts

An astonishing collection of paintings, fine prints, miniatures and sculptures from artistic big-hitters

Grand Union
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Grand Union

Grand Union s a free gallery with eight purpose-built studios for Birmingham artists

RBSA
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RBSA

A Birmingham institution with a permanent collection of more than 800 works 

Castle Fine Art Gallery
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Castle Fine Art Gallery

A superb commercial gallery that's had works from Salvador Dali to Bob Dylan

Eastside Projects
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Eastside Projects

One of the city’s most exciting arts spaces

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