Located in the West Midlands, Birmingham is a large county with lots of character, it’s the biggest city outside of London and also the largest. It draws attention from a wide number of travelers from all over the world, the soul of the city started with the Industrial Revolution and was known for a city at the forefront of scientific developments. Nowadays it attracts the creative and innovative, fuelling their minds with a variety of museums, parks and beautiful music halls. Here are just some of the top places to visit in Birmingham… 
National Sea Life Centre 
 
Known as one of the most loved family days out in Birmingham, the National Sea Life Centre welcomes everyone. The Sea Life Centre will capture the imaginations of everyone and has a number of events running throughout the year, there’s always something to do for children of any age. From Dinosaur Detective events, interactive rock pools, Jellyfish and Nurse Sharks to Octopi and Black Tip Reef Sharks, you can also walk through a corridor with a glass top, running underneath an aquarium full of these creatures. 
 
The Shakespeare Express 
 
Steam trains form one of the great British institutions, with a handful of working steam railways running throughout England. The Shakespeare Express is one of the well known ones and captures tourists simply with its beauty, running from the heart of Birmingham to Stratford Upon Avon, it gives you the chance to see the best of both worlds. From the fascinating industrial past of Birmingham to the beautiful countryside of Warwickshire, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views of farms, stylish villages, stations and waterways that make up Shakespeares county. There’s also the option to enjoy a delicious meal with your journey, from a full English breakfast to a freshly cooked roast dinner with all of the trimmings. 
 
Symphony Hall 
 
This concert hall has been developed with creativity and incorporates the innovation of Birmingham, not only is this the UK’s finest concert hall, it’s also known to be one of the best in the world. With a picturesque auditorium and stunning world class acoustics, it’s not one to be missed. The Symphony Hall presents some of the most prestigious international orchestras and is home to beautiful music programmes, everything from jazz to rock and stand-up comedy. There’s really something for everyone when it comes to the beautiful Symphony Hall, it’s definitely a must see! 
 
Winterbourne House and Garden 
 
One of the most beautiful things about Birmingham is the amount of picturesque houses and gardens that it has to offer and Winterbourne House is certainly one at the top of its league. Restored to originality in the Edwardian era, arts and crafts splendour does prove itself to be a unique heritage attraction. You can walk through the house and the intense number of beautiful antiques or take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful botanic gardens which feature more than 6000 plant species from around the world. In the grounds of Winterbourne House you’ll find everything from a woodland walk to numerous routes, to a 1930’s style Japenese Bridge. 
 
National Motorcycle Museum 
 
With over 1000 motorcycles on display, The National Motorcycle Museum they’re all restored to the manufacturer's original specifications and this Birmingham based museum attracts 250,000 visitors a year from around the world. The earliest machine within the 30 year old museum dates back from 1898 and stands out amongst the machines of a museum that also houses modern day superbikes. With more than 1000 motorcycles within the walls of the museum it’s well worth a visit. 
 
Escape Games 
 
Something for the adults, Escape Games are popping up all over the UK, taking the locked in a room style game just one step further. A group of up to 6 people can be locked into a room where an event will play out, one of the most notorious involves playing the part of an undercover detective who is captured by triads, locked in a room and given an hour to escape. Not for the faint hearted, one option includes a murder taking place withing a haunted house, this will give the best of travelling puzzle takers a brilliant challenge. 
 
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