Cultural Attractions

With great diversity comes a city full of rich culture. There's plenty of creativity around the city to pique your interest again and again

Symphony Hall

Overview

Looking for something cultural to do in the city? There is plenty to see and do here due to the great mix of artistic talent across Birmingham.

You can find museums, art galleries, attractions, theatres, music and film festivals. 

Our culture and heritage is what makes Birmingham a great city to visit and there is plenty to take you through some of the best known tales and eras of Birmingham.

 

Key Facts

  • UB40, Duran Duran, Jamelia and Ozzy Osbourne are famous musicians from Birmingham
  • Birmingham has more canals than Venice and is the centre of the UK’s canal network
  • Cadbury’s chocolate is made in the city, not far from Birmingham University

Museums & Galleries

Want to be inspired? At the heart of the city is Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), with insightful exhibitions on every week, alongside the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world.  

The Ikon Gallery is Birmingham's leading contemporary art gallery located in Brindleyplace. It also houses Birmingham's only independent arts bookshop.  

For a more modern approach to art, the Custard Factory is famed as the creative quarter of Birmingham with many up-and-coming artist exhibits. 

Theatres

Two of Birmingham's largest talent pools for culture reside in the city centre.

The Birmingham Royal Ballet, based at the Hippodrome, is directed by the award-winning David Bintley and is the UK's premier touring ballet company. 

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is also internationally enjoyed, with performances from Beethoven to Bollywood and even Friday Night classics to meet your fancy.

Festivals

Birmingham hosts a vast array of festivals and events throughout the year; from live music and international dance to literature and street art events.

Some of these festivals include the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, International Dance Festival Birmingham, Fierce Festival and Birmingham Pride, each bringing together national and international artists and acts to the city. 

Heritage

The Jewellery Quarter has 250 years of English Heritage, with beautiful Georgian and Victorian surroundings. There are numerous museums and galleries in the area celebrating local history. Also in the quarter is the historical attraction The Newman Brothers Coffin Works which allows you to see how the factory would have looked in Victorian times.

Both the Black Country Living Museum and Warwick Castle are some of the more interactive museums with portrayals of eras long past, with costumed demonstrators taking you back through history. Both are a truly immersive experience for the whole family. 

Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is universally known as one of the greatest playwrights in history who lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon, just on the outskirts of Birmingham..

Both the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Royal Shakespeare Company welcome visitors each year to discover the history behind one of England's greatest creative minds. With tours of his former home, schoolroom and recreations of the classic plays taking place in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 

Discover More of what Birmingham has to offer

With everything from the latest fashion and greatest dining, the liveliest bands to the most relaxing canal rides and festivals throughout the year, there's always something new to discover in Birmingham.