Five Things To Do For Free in Birmingham, UK

Ah, the wonderful West Midlands town of Birmingham.  I have lots of fond memories from there, having spent 3 years as a student, vaguely studying at the University of Birmingham.  Here Catherine Lavinia shares some ideas on things you can do for free in Birmingham:

It’s no surprise that many attractions across the country come with a price tag; after all, they are businesses and businesses need to charge entry to prosper. However, don’t be dismayed. Even if you’re living on a shoestring and need to tighten your belts a little, there are plenty of free things that you can do that can ensure you get out and about rather than festering at home with nothing to do. 

Take Birmingham, for example. If you will be finding yourself in this Midlands metropolis for a day or two over the next few months, you don’t have to worry about finding extra pennies to fund a day out or two. The Travelodge hotel in Birmingham is incredibly reasonably priced, and ideally placed so that you can enjoy what the city has to offer. Luckily, once you’re there, there’s a plethora of superb attractions and activities within the city that can be enjoyed without spending a single penny.

  • Take a stroll along the canal. Escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city for a while and enjoy the sights and sounds that this pretty walk provides. Take a book and grab a bench, where you can sit and read or watch the world go by.
    Brindley placeThe canal takes you from Brindleyplace to the Mailbox, where you can enjoy a number of free attractions including the BBC’s Public Space, found at BBC Birmingham. It’s completely free to enter and if you fancy it, you could try your hand at TV presenting when you’re there. 
  • Enjoy a free concert. The Town Hall and Symphony Hall host a number of free events throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for any that may be on during your stay in the city. Even if you don’t catch a concert, stopping by the Town Hall is well worth doing regardless. Meanwhile, the outdoor Amphitheatre in Centenary Square provides an alternative space for performances ranging from poetry readings to music and drama. 
  • Immerse yourself in a festival. The Chinese New Year is coming up, which is just one of the events that will be held in the city centre that’s completely free to enjoy. It’s one of the largest events of its kind in the UK and definitely not one to be missed. 
  • Chill out in the parks. Sutton Park is a firm favourite when it comes to leisurely time, while the relatively new addition – Eastside City Park – is the first urban park in the city for 130 years. Relax for an hour on a dry day and breathe in the crisp, fresh air. It’s worth it, just to take yourself away from the hustle and bustle for a while. 
  • Indulge in some culture. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to some stunning exhibits and displays, including the renowned Staffordshire Anglo Saxon Hoard which is well worth seeing.
    Birmingham Museum

While Birmingham may be packed with attractions and sights that cost money to enjoy, it certainly doesn’t fall short in the free department, either. Take advantage of the free activities on offer during your stay; you’ll be surprised at what you can do without spending a penny. 

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