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Odeon Cinema

ODEON is the largest and best-known cinema chain in the UK and Ireland. Perry Bar in Birmingham saw the first ODEON cinema open in 1930 and established the brand as not only simply somewhere to watch films, but somewhere to experience them.

Alexander Stadium

Alexander Stadium is an international athletics stadium located within Perry Park in Perry Barr, The stadium has held many music events, including a one-day festival called Party in the Park.Alexander Stadium has recently undergone a £12.5 million expansion and refurbishment, including the building of a 5,000 seater stand opposite the current main stand. This has taken capacity to 12,700

Sarehole Mill

There has been a mill on this site since 1542, but the current building dates from the mid-18th Century. In the 1850s a steam engine was installed and a chimney built, which provides Sarehole Mill with its distinctive silhouette.

The Birmingham Proof House Museum

The museum’s history can be traced back to 1858 when Mr Greener a famous Birmingham Gunmaker held a meeting at the Town Hall to established a collection of firearms at the Proof House The subsequent managing committee of gun trade members set the collections criteria, namely to create an historical record of the evolutionally manufacturer of small arms including examples of modern improvement in their design, both as a reference source for master gunsmiths and their servants and to enable inventors to gain publicity for their designs.

Ikon Gallery

The gallery programme features artists from around the world. A variety of media is represented, including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation.

National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest British motorcycle museum in the world and originally opened its doors in October 1984 with a collection of 350 motorcycles on display. The Museum owes its formation to the drive and ambition of one man, Mr WR (Roy) Richards. Roy passed away in 2008 but his work continues under the guardianship of Roy’s Widow Christine & Son’s Simon and Nick with The Museum collection now boasting some 1000 plus machines, fully restored to the manufacturers original specifications.

Pen Museum

Based in a former pen factory in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Pen Museum tells the story of how modern pens evolved. The museum celebrates the Birmingham pen trade during the 1800s, and the lives of the manufacturers and workers whose expertise placed the city at the centre of this worldwide trade.

Jewellery Quarter

This area of unique character has been described by English Heritage as a 'national treasure' and as having a 'particular combination of structures associated with jewellery and metalworking which does not seem to exist anywhere else in the world'.

New Street and Corporation Street

Birmingham’s most famous street takes you from the Bullring at one end to the Town Hall and Council House at the other.

Recognised as a shopping destination in its own right, it’s an easy walk from New Street Station, Snow Hill Station or the Bullring, where you’ll find big names.

Birmingham's Canal's

With more miles of canal than Venice, there are plenty of beautiful views, stunning modern developments like the Cube and restored industrial heritage buildings to enjoy during a peaceful boat journey in Birmingham.

Barclaycard Arena

Whether it's 15,800 screaming fans or an intimate, atmospheric once-in-a-lifetime experience, you'll find it here,one of the best places to go in Birmingham.

Home to everything from record breaking sports to Mickey Mouse and friends; from the latest pop sensations to side splitting comedy from some of the world’s best comics, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena is bigger and better than ever bringing you events you won’t want to forget!

Broad Street

Birmingham’s most dynamic entertainment destination offers everything from intimate canalside bars and international club nights, to comedy and great restaurants. Broad Street is well known for being the centre of the nightlife action. With clubs playing a variety of music, ranging from the biggest dance and house anthems to alternative indie and dubstep, Broad Street does have something for everyone.

The Vaults

The Vaults is a place to relax and unwind. The chic eatery and debonair lounge bar boasts private booths and metropolitan vibes infused with local contemporary art.

Mail Box

At The Mailbox you'll find exclusive stores, waterside restaurants, cafe bars, hotels, salons and galleries and the BBC public space, where you can go behind the scenes and see programmes broadcast live..

China Town / Gay Village

A wander around Birmingham’s Chinatown takes in a myriad of restaurants and cafés offering authentic menus from Northern China all the way to Malaysia, with some of the city’s hippest nightspots in between. Feel like dancing off your dinner? If you’re into funky house, electro or a bit of fun-filled karaoke, Chinatown has the venue for you.

The area is overflowing with fabulous bars, clubs and restaurants so whether it’s a quick coffee, amazing cabaret or disco you’re after, you’ll find a venue to love.

Martineau Gardens

Martineau Gardens is a community garden with two and a half acres of organically-managed landscape to explore.

The site includes an orchard, vegetable plot, herb beds and a woodland habitat that’s home to bats, badgers and birds as well as fungi.

There’s also a nature trail, formal garden with unusual trees and shrubs, children’s play area, sales area offering plants and preserves, hot house, wildflower meadows, bird hide, ponds, beehives and an earth oven.

Cannon Hill Park

Cannon Hill Park is the City Park located less than 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham, just off the Pershore Road (A441) in the south of the city.

It runs along the River Rea from Stirchley to Edgbaston cricket ground. An area with a diverse industrial history (mainly forges and mills in the 16th Century), it is now one of city’s five premier parks and has been awarded Green Flag status. There are walkways and cycle routes along side the River Rea aimed at catering for wildlife enthusiasts, those seeking exercise and people looking for a good day out.

Wonderful World of Trains & Planes

Come and visit the newest, most exciting family attraction in the heart of Birmingham, where you can journey by train from the UK to Scotland, Holland, Germany, Canada and Japan – with the United States currently under construction.

Spend a little time in St Paul’s Cove, a sleepy seaside village in 1930s England, before moving on to a 1960s town with back-to-back houses and a bank robbery on the High Street. On the first floor is the Royal Train with the Queen and Prince Phillip on the red carpet, whilst on the second floor is Germany, depicted in N Gauge, with a vineyard, market, cement works and large station. Holland and Belgium and Canada are also on the second floor. See the great trains of the past – Flying Scotsman, Mallard, Golden Arrow, the Royal Train, the Rheingold Express.

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) is an artist-led charity that supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of inclusive activities – exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The Society owns and runs its own exhibition venue, the RBSA Gallery, located just off St Paul’s Square. Admission to all there exhibitions is free.

Villa Park Stadium

In the late 19th century, Villa Park was part of a pleasure ground that consisted of a football and cricket pitch, athletics track, and a small grandstand. Aston Villa at that time still played their home matches at the Perry Barr ground, but in 1897 moved to the superior Villa Park.

Bullring - Birmingham City Centre

Bullring is the glamorous heart of Birmingham with over 160 imaginative and desirable shops to explore. Since opening in 2003 Bullring has helped to transform shopping in Birmingham – making it one of the most popular destinations for retail therapy in the UK.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries displaying world-class collections of art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

The museum holds centuries of European history and culture and is home to art collections of international importance, there is also a celebration of local and industrial history in the ever-changing exhibitions.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Situated in a leafy southern suburb of Birmingham, Edgbaston was the youngest of England's six regular Test venues, until Chester-le-Street was inaugurated in May 2003, more than one hundred years after Edgbaston's own debut, when the touring Australians were bowled out for 36 by Wilfred Rhodes in 1902.

The NEC

More than 140 events are held at The NEC every year and over 2 million people a year pass through its 20 halls visiting major consumer events like Clothes Show Live, Crufts and BBC Gardeners World or global trade fairs like IFSEC and Spring Fair.

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