What to See in Birmingham

Find things to see in Birmingham, including iconic landmarks, art galleries and architecture. Craft your own unique sightseeing journey with Avanti.

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By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 22 May 2024

Birmingham is a city where history meets modern style. It's home to a lively art scene, renowned buildings and a vibrant atmosphere that makes every visit memorable.

Join us as we guide you through Birmingham’s most captivating sights. From museums and galleries to stunning city views and iconic structures, we will share our favourites for what to see in Birmingham.

Find the best things to see in Birmingham

Birmingham is overflowing with visual delights and intriguing sites. Here's a look at some top picks that you shouldn't miss when you’re sightseeing in the city.

Birmingham’s museums and historical sites

Birmingham’s history and cultural diversity make it a must-visit for lovers of history and art. Start with the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and its diverse collections and exhibitions. These include a popular collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and a natural science collection.

After, pay a visit to Aston Hall, located just outside the city centre. This stunning Jacobean mansion is home to lush gardens and a rich history. It offers a glimpse into Birmingham’s aristocratic past. Its preserved interiors and historical exhibits make it a must-visit for history buffs.

Birmingham art galleries and cultural hotspots

Birmingham is a thriving centre for art in the UK. The Ikon Gallery, set in a neo-gothic school building, showcases contemporary art from around the world. It offers thought-provoking exhibitions and fresh perspectives on both modern and classical art.

For a deeper dive into Birmingham’s modern culture, visit The Custard Factory. Set in the city’s creative quarter, it provides a vibrant space for artists and creative businesses.

Here, you can explore independent galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. With local graffiti artists free to add street art, the area has become a lively open-air gallery.

Library of Birmingham

Sports hotspots in Birmingham

For sports enthusiasts, Birmingham is a haven. With world-class venues hosting a mass of sporting events, from athletics to football, snooker, badminton, and rugby, there's something for every sports fan.

Tee off at the renowned Belfry course, embark on a tour of the historic Edgbaston Stadium, or immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Villa Park, the legendary home ground of Aston Villa Football Club and one of the oldest and most famous stadiums in Europe.

The best viewpoints in Birmingham

To capture Birmingham's sprawling cityscape, head to the Library of Birmingham’s rooftop terrace. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city centre and the intricate mix of old and new architecture that defines Birmingham.

You’ll also want to take in the view at Edgbaston Reservoir. This serene body of water, surrounded by trails and greenery, offers peaceful views of the city skyline framed by nature. It’s perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Iconic Birmingham landmarks

The best way to soak up Birmingham’s best bits is to embark on a guided walking tour. Whether you go for a private or public tour, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who'll showcase and explain the historic significance behind the city's beloved landmarks and areas.

Explore Digbeth on a tour, named as ‘Britain’s Coolest neighbourhood’, renowned for its vibrant street art and being a hub for creatives and independents. 

With the Canals and Victorians to Today’s city tour, you’ll discover the stunning past and present of the canals that played a pivotal role in the city’s Industrial Revolution. You'll gain invaluable insights into Birmingham's rich history and evolution and be able to admire the Victorian architecture that still stands today.

With its futuristic design, The Selfridges Building stands out as a landmark of Birmingham. Its surface, covered with thousands of shimmering discs, makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Birmingham.

Nearby, St. Martin in the Bull Ring is a historic church that has stood for centuries. This church offers a peaceful change from the nearby modern shopping areas. Its Gothic architecture and stained glass windows offer a glimpse into the city’s past and an opportunity for iconic photography.

Birmingham City wide shot

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