Birmingham is a vibrant city with much to offer. This makes it difficult to decide what to plan for your visit to the city, as there is so much on offer. To get the most out of your visit, here is a list of the best heritage sites to visit while staying here.
Aston Hall will give you a unique snapshot of Birmingham’s history. Step into the past and discover the many things that took place in this building, from royal visits to sieges during the civil war. The house was built between 1618 and 1635 and has been restored to its Jacobean glory so that visitors of all ages can enjoy rooms such as the great hall. This grade one listed building is a must for visitors to the city staying in Birmingham serviced apartments.
The Jewellery Quarter
This area of Birmingham has been in business for over 250 years and is still in use by over 400 businesses. Whether you are a shopping enthusiast or a historian, there is so much to explore here. Explore the Georgian and Victorian architecture, dine out in one of the many restaurants, and choose from over 150 jewellers for a unique piece of Birmingham to take home with you. Visit the Newman Brothers factory, famous for making coffin fittings for royalty and politicians, where Victorian industry has been brought back to life.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
This museum is the cultural heart of the city, with collections that are internationally significant. It houses the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art in the world and has an amazing Industrial Gallery that details the history of industry in the city. Industrial Birmingham was an incredible place with many items being manufactured, mostly from hand or with very early versions of the machines we have nowadays. Injection Moulding like that provided by meadex.co.uk/services/#injection-moulding is an example of modern manufacturing processes that came out of the industrial era. There are items on display that demonstrate 200 years of craft in Birmingham, so this is a ‘must-see’ for all art lovers.
Churches and cathedrals
When staying in the Birmingham city centre, why not take a look at the three cathedrals in the city: the Anglican St Philip, the Catholic St Chad, and the Greek Orthodox dedicated to Theotokos and St Andreas.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses
This is a 15-acre site that will inspire all gardeners who visit. The gardens were designed by JC Loudon and were opened to subscribers in 1832. There is a lot of information available on offer in this peaceful setting.