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We’ve found some great days out for you to try in Birmingham – all for free!
In the second of our series on great free days out in UK cities, we’re visiting Birmingham. Check out these great places you can visit without spending a penny. We’ve got something for art lovers, book worms and the musically inclined too!
Here are our top 5 days out for free in Birmingham:
1. BBC Public Space
If you fancy a tour of the BBC Birmingham studios, but don’t fancy shelling out £9.25 each for the full tour, why not visit BBC Birmingham's Public Space instead for a FREE mini tour? This visitor centre is situated on level 7 of The Mailbox and there’s no need to book.
You can have a go at presenting the news or a weather bulletin and look through the viewing windows to see your favourite BBC radio presenters live on air. You’ll also be able to take a touch screen tour of the studio where The Archers is recorded and have your photo taken with a Tardis and a Dalek – we bet the kids will love that!
2. Symphony Hall Café
Head down to the Symphony Hall café and enjoy listening to some wonderful musicians for free. Every Saturday until the 18th July you can enjoy Sax in the City with The Notebenders at 1.30pm and every Wednesday morning a different talented musician entertains parents and tots with their musical picnic from 10.30am. There are lots more events planned this summer that you can enjoy for free, why not check out what’s on?
3. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
There’s so much to see at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – you’ll be spoilt for choice. The beautiful Grade II listed building in the city centre has more than 40 galleries to explore that display art, social history, archaeology and applied art. You definitely need to check out the Pre-Raphaelite paintings on display, they’re beautiful.
Entry is free, but you may have to pay extra for certain exhibitions – we think there’s enough to see in the free parts of the museum. Special events for children frequently run in the holidays, so to find out what’s on when you’re planning on making your trip, head to their website.
4. Library of Birmingham
If you’re a lover of books, then the Library of Birmingham is an absolute must! It’s the home of over a million of them and is the biggest library in Europe. 400,000 books are available for you to check out (as long as you live in the Birmingham area). There are lots of lovely seating areas dotted around for you to sit and enjoy a good read at your leisure – we particularly like the two outdoor reading terraces. There’s lots of storytelling and poetry events to pop along to and you can see dramas being performed in the library’s own outdoor amphitheatre.
5. Sheldon Country Park
Sometimes you just need to spend some time in the fresh air to blow the cobwebs away – and there’s no better place to do just that than Sheldon Country Park. There’s over 300 acres of open grassland, wetlands, woodland and old hedgerows to explore.
The Park’s rangers are based on a 17th Century dairy farm, situated by the main entrance to the park. Pay them a visit and you’ll be able to see farming demonstrations and get up close and personal with pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, geese, chickens and Jersey cattle. They also host monthly rambles and craft sessions, which are well worth checking out.
We hope you like our suggestions for great days out in Birmingham for free. Why not give them a try and let us know how you get on via Twitter?
by Christine WalshBack to blog home