If you plan to go from Cardiff to Birmingham, catching the train makes the journey so much simpler.
Birmingham, the second only to London in size, is one of the UK’s most vibrant and exciting cities. Thanks to its internationally acclaimed university, its long history as a settlement and its setting at the heart of England, a visit to Birmingham is a never-forget experience. Packed with an endless mix of attractions, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
For a family fun day out, head for the National Sealife Centre. Get up close and personal at shark feeding time, meet our resident penguins, and make Bev the Octopus change colour. The UK’s only 360° underwater walkway allows you to watch as the giant rays swim over your head, and the vivid clownfish dart around. More family-friendly fun can be found at the Legoland Discovery Centre. Designed for children aged 3 - 12 years old, there are rides, 4D cinema and a great soft play arena. The coffee shop is a good place to relax, knowing your little ones are completely safe.
If culture is high on your itinerary, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is well worth a visit. Full of impressive collections spanning time and people, the building houses some truly original treasures, including the Sultanganj Buddha, and vast galleries of classical masterpieces, contemporary sculptures and glorious textiles.
Another area of Birmingham that draws visitors from across the globe is the Jewellery Quarter. Dating back more than 200 years, it’s still the case that in excess of 40% of British jewellery is made here. It is also the home of a thriving arts scene, with numerous up and coming designers, craftspeople and studios around every corner. For a more regular, but still exciting, type of retail therapy, the Bullring and Grand Central Shopping Centre contain all the big name brands, alongside high-end designer labels. Why not experience a drop-in pampering session at one of the many spa treatments, manicure bars or go all out with a Selfridges makeover?
The nightlight is as thrillingly exhilarating as you’d expect. Clubs, award-winning restaurants and Birmingham’s famous secret bars all offer a friendly atmosphere and are the perfect end to a great day.