If you're looking for a fun trip with the kids, Birmingham is a delightful city that’s a popular destination for family travellers. It boasts a rich history that dates back to the Industrial Revolution, but it’s now a hub of creativity and innovation with its many kid-friendly museums and entertainment venues. 

    If you’re planning a family trip, you can give the kids a memorable, exciting and educational experience in Birmingham. Take a look at the best family things to do in Birmingham and prepare for a fun-filled holiday.

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    Cadbury World

    Sample your way through this chocolate-themed tour

    If you’re looking for a fun trip to satisfy a sweet tooth, Cadbury World offers an enchanting chocolate-themed tour that illuminates chocolate’s history and the origins of the Cadbury brand. You can take the kids on the Factory Tour, which explores different areas of the operational factory, complete with chocolate samples along the way, and a tour of the crumb storage silo and its famous chocolate waterfall.

    You might also enjoy the Shortened Tours and the Centre Tour, which is a self-guided tour through the Visitors’ Centre. Cadbury World has a retail outlet with chocolate treats and novelty gifts to top off your experience.

    Location: Linden Rd, Birmingham B30 1JR, United Kingdom

    Open: Sunday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 393 6004

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    National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham

    Explore life under the sea

    The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is one of the city’s top attractions and a great destination for kids and adults of all ages. Kids can experience an array of sea life and aquatic creatures, such as Gentoo penguins, jellyfish, octopus, sharks, rays and sea turtles. 

    The aquarium features 4 themed zones: Penguin Ice Adventure, Reef Edge, Rockpool and Bay of Rays. You can even get up close and personal with creatures like starfish, crabs and sea anemones in the interactive rock pool touch tank. You can attend expert talks and feeding times to learn more about the aquarium’s residents and see a live feeding demonstration.

    Location: The Water's Edge, Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HL, United Kingdom

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Sunday and peak dates from 10 am to 5 pm. Bank holidays and super peak dates from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)871 226 5999

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    Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

    Get up close to wild animals

    The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is a diverse zoo with a variety of animal species. Located in Cannon Hill Park, the zoo is a gem of wildlife and includes a vast collection of rare and fascinating animals, such as the mouse lemur, meerkats, lynxes, ocelots, capybara, red squirrels and a herd of Bagot goats. It's also home to several heritage-breed farm animals native to the United Kingdom. 

    In addition to its animal exhibits, the zoo is active in EEP captive-breeding programs for endangered species and educational seminars and campaigns to raise awareness to world biodiversity. Kids will enjoy the feeding demonstrations with animals like Asian short-clawed otters, European lynx and emperor tamarins.

    Location: Pershore Rd, Birmingham B5 7RL, United Kingdom

    Open: Monday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm from the first week of April. Monday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm from the last weekend of October

    Phone: +44 (0)121 472 7775

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    Legoland Discovery Centre

    Help the kids build their own miniature city

    The Legoland Discovery Centre is a spectacular indoor attraction that’s fun for all ages. It’s filled with models and attractions based on the popular LEGO® toys, such as small-scale landmarks and interactive cityscapes. The centre also offers building classes taught by a Master Model Builder to learn tips on LEGO® construction, and you can see educational exhibits on the manufacturing of LEGO® bricks. 

    Some highlights include Kingdom Quest, a fun chariot ride to rescue a captured princess from beastly trolls, the DUPLO farm for little ones to play with soft bricks and the 4D cinema, which showcases LEGO® movies and other films.

    Location: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Arena, King Edwards Rd, Birmingham B1 2AA, United Kingdom

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 9.30 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)371 222 6937

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    Black Country Living Museum

    Learn about the local history of Birmingham

    The Black Country Living Museum is a fascinating open-air museum that tells the unique story of Birmingham’s industrial history. Spanning more than 10 hectares, the Black Country Living Museum features reconstructed shops, houses and industrial sites that celebrate steam power and manufacturing in the city’s past. 

    During your trip, you can take a ride on heritage vehicles, play historic street games and see live industrial demonstrations like nail making and chain making. You can also see a short film in a 1920s-era cinema, test your knowledge with a 1912 school lesson or have an old-fashioned drink in the Bottle & Glass Inn.

    Location: Tipton Rd, Dudley DY1 4SQ, United Kingdom

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday 10 am to 4 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 557 9643

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    Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

    Learn and have fun with a range of hands-on activities

    Thinktank, Birmingham’s intriguing science museum, is a great day out for the whole family. Located within the Millennium Point building, Thinktank features 4 floors of interactive exhibits and historic artefacts that celebrate the world of science. There are over 200 hands-on displays teaching kids about everything from steam power and robotics to assembly automation. 

    If you have young children, Thinktank features MiniBrum, an interactive gallery for children under 8 years, a Science Garden, a 4K planetarium and plenty of unique educational activities and events. The museum hosts sleepovers for children as well, which is a fun way to create memories on your trip.

    Location: Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG, United Kingdom

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 348 8000

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    Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    Stroll through beautiful and exotic gardens

    The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a historic garden space designed by J.C. Loudon in 1832. The garden has a Victorian theme and features 4 glasshouses with different horticultural themes: Tropical, Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid, all featuring a wide range of plants and flowers native to the respective climates. The collection includes several notable plants, including the British National Bonsai Collection, Himalayan cedars and a sensory garden, which houses plants that enhance the senses. 

    For children, the garden has 2 playground areas with slides, swings and an interactive plant discovery garden. Several birds are residents of the garden, including azure-winged magpies, quaker parakeets and several species of ducks, and there’s a seasonal butterfly aviary that will delight the little ones.

    Location: 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 454 1860

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    Birmingham Back to Backs

    Discover what life was like in the past at Birmingham's Back to Backs

    The Birmingham Back to Backs is the last surviving court of back-to-back houses in the city. They are preserved as a historic house museum to represent the way houses were once constructed around shared courtyards. The houses were constructed in 1821 and used to house workers in industries like glasswork, woodworking, button making, tailoring and leatherwork until 1966. 

    On a tour of the back-to-back houses, you can experience life in the past, with each of the 4 houses decorated in a style of the 1840s, 1870s, 1930s and 1970s. The museum hosts educational events, such as demonstrations of rag rugging, candlelit tours and historic anecdotes. After your tour, be sure to stop in the Candies Sweet Shop, an old-fashioned 1930s sweet shop, for some treats.

    Location: 50-54, 55-63 Inge St, Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TE, United Kingdom

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Tuesday–Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 666 7671

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    Inflata Nation Inflatable Theme Park

    Bounce, flip, and climb your way around this indoor play area

    Inflata Nation Inflatable Theme Park in Birmingham is one of the most exciting activities for kids in the city. The massive inflatable theme park features an array of indoor activities for all ages, such as Inflata Wall climbing wall, Inflata Duel gladiator duel, Inflata Race assault course, Inflata Bubbles giant play pillows and Inflata Drop, a giant slide into a ball pit. 

    One of the most popular activities is Inflata Grab, a fun game based on the ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos’ game. One of the Birmingham park’s exclusive activities is Inflata Wreck, which allows kids to balance on a wobbly platform and try to push each other off with an inflatable wrecking ball.

    Location: Unit E, Stechford Retail Park, Flaxley Pkwy, Birmingham B33 9AN, United Kingdom

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 9 pm, Wednesday from 1 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 161 710 2360

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    Ash End House Children’s Farm

    Visit adorable animals at Ash End House Children’s Farm

    Ash End House Children’s Farm is an ideal attraction for animal lovers. A beloved attraction for over 35 years, the farm park has a friendly atmosphere and an array of animal- and farm-themed activities for all ages, such as egg collecting, pony rides, tractor-trailer rides, bottle feedings of young animals and feeding demonstrations. Kids will love the variety of animals at the farm, including goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, cattle, deer, chicks, ducks and horses. 

    The farm also has a Creepy Critter Barn with reptiles and amphibians and a Birds of Prey Centre, which features a collection of raptors. Kids can also enjoy outdoor play areas and the Big Play Barn, an indoor play area with slides and obstacles.

    Location: Middleton Lane, Tamworth B78 2BL, United Kingdom

    Open: Monday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 329 3240

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