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Birmingham: National Sea Life Centre Entrance Ticket

1. Birmingham: National Sea Life Centre Entrance Ticket

Prepare for an underwater realm full to the brim with glittering scales, humongous tentacles, and razor-sharp teeth. Marvel at the cheeky antics of the Gentoo penguins before meeting a crab or starfish at the Interactive Rockpool. Discover the majestic jellyfish, be brave and take a peek at the piranhas and feel part of the story in the 4D Cinema. Venture into an underwater realm like no other and get face-to-fin with some of the strangest creatures you’ll ever meet in the UK’s only 360° Ocean Tunnel, home to sharks, rays and a giant green sea turtle!

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Birmingham: Winterbourne House and Garden Admission Ticket

2. Birmingham: Winterbourne House and Garden Admission Ticket

Only minutes from Birmingham city center, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction set within beautiful botanic gardens. Find yourself in a 7-acre oasis home to over 6000 different plant species, and enjoy a peaceful stroll in tranquil surroundings. Inside, escape the modern world as you explore period rooms filled with antiques and Edwardian era soft furnishings. Learn about the families that lived here and how Winterbourne came to be part of the University of Birmingham.

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Birmingham: Victorian Canals to Today's City Walking Tour

3. Birmingham: Victorian Canals to Today's City Walking Tour

Start at the modern Library of Birmingham in the brand new Centenary Square. The public art of the Square gives some early clues on the history of this central birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Buildings all around help you understand the depth of arts and commerce that Birmingham overflows with today. Heading through the International Convention Centre, appreciate the modern Symphony Hall known as one of the finest concert hall acoustics to experience in the world today. Discover why the opening of James Brindley’s canal into the town in the 1770s was hugely important to the development of Birmingham. Experience these rejuvenated waterways and see the many new uses that they have been put to. Moving through Brindleyplace see the huge efforts of the Victorians in working to make the burgeoning town into a model for others to follow. This was the home of the Civic Gospel with the Municipal Revolution seeing efforts to educate, bring clean water to the town and clear poor quality housing. Modern architecture is all around and the walk through the city squares gives an appreciation of the way old and new has been integrated into the modern city.

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Birmingham: The Bear Grylls Adventure

4. Birmingham: The Bear Grylls Adventure

Get ready for some mind-blowing fun as you challenge your brain, body, and reflexes with incredible activities inspired by Bear Grylls' love of adventure and the challenges he has encountered around the world. Choose from a range of options allowing you to climb, dive with sharks, fly, zip, leap, scramble, snorkel, and explore. Try and beat Bear's time on the assault course, or test your nerve in the fear room or escape room. Test your aim with shooting or archery, or feel like a bird with an indoor skydiving experience. All activities are suitable for guests aged 8 years and over, with the exception of diving and shooting where the minimum age is 10.

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Birmingham: Haunted Birmingham City Exploration Game & Tour

5. Birmingham: Haunted Birmingham City Exploration Game & Tour

You are invited to discover the haunted Birmingham with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Birmingham, all with the help of your smartphone. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour? Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

6. Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

Understand how Birmingham developed and see that many of today’s ways of working have deep roots in our past. Explore the canal system and learn the origins of the original canal. Wander through the ‘secret canal’ to the Jewellery Quarter, which developed as a key home of Birmingham’s Industrial Revolution starting in Georgian times. Continuing on to Victorian times, your walk vividly demonstrates how innovative inventors and entrepreneurs seized the moment. Ideas were turned into large-scale factory productions in amazingly short time periods.  You'll experience today’s Quarter and learn about its role in the modern city.   The post-war redevelopment of Birmingham and the serious issues that it has caused are vividly demonstrated. The way the city is rejuvenating itself to become a modern world city is clear for all to see. Back in the city center, St. Philip’s Cathedral offers amazing English Baroque architecture. The churchyard hides some of the many difficult issues the town grappled with, as it became the ‘workshop of the world.’

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Private Transfer from Birmingham Airport to Birmingham City

7. Private Transfer from Birmingham Airport to Birmingham City

Travel in comfort and style between Birmingham Airport and Birmingham city center on your very own private, chauffeur-driven transfer that is both easy and stress-free. If you are arriving in Birmingham, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign displaying your name at the Arrivals Halls. You will then be escorted to your chauffeur-driven car, and your luggage taken care of and loaded into the vehicle. Then you will be driven safely and in comfort to your chosen destination. On arrival, your driver will unload your luggage. Alternatively, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at departures for your flight. Rest assured all flights are tracked therefore the supplier will accommodate for any flight delays and flights set for an early arrival. 

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Birmingham: Birmingham Airport to/from City Private Transfer

8. Birmingham: Birmingham Airport to/from City Private Transfer

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between BHX and your accommodation in Birmingham. Whether you're travelling in a large group or have extra luggage, choose the service that works for you. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall, or agreed meeting point, with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry about flight delays.

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Birmingham: Private Transfer to Birmingham Airport

9. Birmingham: Private Transfer to Birmingham Airport

Travel comfortably and relax as you are transferred privately to Birmingham Airport in a timely manner by a chauffeur. Passengers departing from the hotel need to be checked out and waiting by the concierge desk in the lobby at the confirmed pick-up time.  The suggested collection times for departure transfers are 3-hours before the flight. These lead times can be extended or shortened at your discretion by ringing the operations center. Remember to allow for adequate check-in time for your transfers. Your driver will meet you at your hotel and provide luggage handling. Arrive to the airport on time and without hassle.

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Birmingham: Self-Guided Smartphone Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

10. Birmingham: Self-Guided Smartphone Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt while you explore the streets of Birmingham with this weblink-based smartphone game. Enjoy a screen layout that is easy-to-use, as it is similar to other major apps. Be led by interesting characters, a treasure map, and your own sense of adventure. Meet facinating characters like Captain Bess, a snarky pirate that is testing out new recruits to join her ship. Follow the directions that Bess gives you on a carefully designed route through the city. Start at the School of Art and stroll along the peaceful canal side of the Georgian Jewellery Quarter and through the grand business district. Learn some interesting facts and stories along the way about the city's attractions and get a better understanding of the history of the area. Use the treasure map to get to each location. Try to decipher the clues with your friends or complete the challenge on your own. Spot things you’d never normally notice as you search high and low for the answer. Ask for hints if you get stuck.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 56 reviews

A delightful garden in the middle of the University ~ we will be back as the garden will change through the different seasons.

I liked it very much. Big garden . There is a cafe, a shop. The big house can be viewed as a historical site.

This was such a fun, upbeat, well organized way to see the city (in spite of having bad weather)!

Really fun and something different to do to get you round the city

Peaceful and amazing place for a nice walk in nature