Family Day: Fun day trips to take in Birmingham
Family days out can be more trouble than they’re worth, every parent will be familiar with the struggle when it comes to finding something fun and exciting for you and your kids to enjoy. Luckily there are plenty of places to go with family in Birmingham and the Midlands, from theme parks to museums, and zoos to historic houses and parks.
To help you decide, here's a handy list of the top Birmingham attractions in and near the city.
Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park is one of Birmingham’s green spaces. While its parkland consists of 80 acres of formal parks for picnics and jogging; it also contains some fantastic ways to keep your children from boredom. From a fun fair park with rides for ages 0 – 10 years old to a mini-golf course which will challenge even the big kids. This park is an ideal day out for all ages and will keep everyone entertained for the day. Cannon Hill is also home to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park which is a separate day out all on its own.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Open since 1885, this grand building is situated in the heart of the city and is full to the brim with a range of exhibitions. With over 40 galleries to explore, including the famous Staffordshire Hoard, this is the perfect free day out to please every member of your family. There are also a number of great cafes and restaurants on the doorstep for a treat after you’ve exhausted the many wonders Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has to offer.
Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point - walk under and over a Spitfire, meet a giant sea monster and stargaze in the planetarium. And it's free to go into the Science Garden after 3pm.
The chocolate-themed attraction opened in 1990 on Cadbury's Birmingham manufacturing site and has expanded many times since. Visits offer a tour - not around the factory itself but through several exhibitions telling the story of chocolate and Cadbury. These include a re-creation of the premises in Bull Street, Birmingham, where Victorian entrepreneur John Cadbury started the business. There's also a chocolate-making demonstration, play area, 4D cinema, cafe and the World's Biggest Cadbury Shop.
Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary
This is an excellent choice for families of animal lovers. The Donkey Sanctuary has been going strong for over 40 years now, ever since its founding by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE. Recognised as an international charity, the sanctuary transforms the life of donkeys and mules, allowing them to be visited by the public. What’s more, they offer donkey-assisted therapy for children with additional needs.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
For when you need to let your children roam free for a little bit and get down to nature. Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens are fifteen acres of beautiful gardens where, on the summer days, you can enjoy relaxing in the sunshine. On the winter day, your children will love exploring the glasshouses where a tropical temperature is maintained all year round. With Koi Carp in the pools and a butterfly house, your kids will love the range of colours and spotting the butterflies hiding amongst the flowers.
Dudley Zoological Gardens is home to more than 1,300 animals and nearly 200 species, including some of the rarest creatures in the world. Exhibits include the Lemur Wood, Penguin Bay and Wallaby Walkthrough, plus Asian lions and the newest arrivals - two binturongs (also called bearcats) called Ellie and Elliott.
Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of the 11th century Dudley Castle and share a site with the world’s largest single collection of Modernist Tecton structures – and the country’s only vintage chairlift!
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