Another city in the United Kingdom that is just as popular as London, is Birmingham. Amazing attractions and stunning culture among other things await your embrace. While in the city, make a stop at Cadbury World. A fan of chocolate or not, you can have fun enjoying interactive displays about how chocolate is made. Birmingham Back to Back is an interesting place to learn about the changes in life between 1840 and 1977 through four historic houses. These attractions are best to be visited with travel buddies. What if you want to explore the city all by yourself? Read on to learn more about the best things to do alone in Birmingham.
1. Watch a concert at Symphony Hall
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Hosting approximately 270 events all year round, Symphony Hall is definitely a place for you to enjoy a splendid concert alone, in Birmingham. The very first thing you will notice about this concert hall is its magnificent architecture and spacious seating area. Various performances or concerts take place every day. It is best to check out the website to see what is on and book your ticket in advance.
Address: Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA, UK
Website: Symphony Hall
Price: 13 GBP (17 USD)
2. Stroll through the Moseley Bog
Moseley Bog is perhaps the most beautiful local nature reserve in the city and that is why it is best visited alone. Enjoy a leisurely stroll any time of the day and observe the vegetation all around you. When you are alone, you will give yourself a chance to reconnect with nature and appreciate its beauty even more.
Address: Yardley Wood Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9JX, UK
Website: Moseley Bog
Opening hours: 24 hours
3. See the motorcycles at The National Motorcycle Museum
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Do you enjoy a collection of motorcycles? If yes, you should be headed to The National Motorcycle Museum that boasts its largest collection of British motorcycles in the world. There are more than 170 different marques and over 1,000 machines in display throughout the five massive halls. Of course, you have to go alone because you do not want anyone to interrupt the moment of pleasure that you get from seeing the motorcycles.
The National Motorcycle Museum
Address: Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EJ, United Kingdom
Website: The National Motorcycle Museum
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm (daily)
Price: 10 GBP (13 USD)
4. Check out the book collections at Library of Birmingham
Nestled at Centenary Square, Library of Birmingham is a public library in the city featuring numerous book collections. Indulge in your favorite book while absorbing the tranquil atmosphere from your favorite spot, be it a bench or a stool. If you prefer to read outside, the library features rooftop areas with gardens that boast plant-filled terraces. Don’t forget to drop by the Shakespeare Memorial Room that houses an extensive work collection of the English most famous playwright.
Library of Birmingham
Address: The ICC, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA, UK
Website: Library of Birmingham
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 11am - 7pm; Wed - Sat: 11am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
5. Go shopping at the Bullring & Grand Central
Situated in the heart of Birmingham, Bullring & Grand Central is the perfect place for you to shop. What can you expect to find here? More than 240 stores and restaurants. Whatever it is you need, you can find it here. Shopaholics cannot miss this premium shopping and dining destination. Before leaving the shopping center, make sure to find your way to the bull statue and take a picture with it.
Bullring & Grand Central
Address: Moor Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4BU, UK
Website: Bullring & Grand Central
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 8pm; Sat: 9am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm
6. Tour Birmingham’s Winterbourne House
Sometimes crowded Birmingham may be overwhelming and you may want to take a break from the bustling atmosphere. Why don’t you take a tour to Birmingham’s Winterbourne House where you can delve into a secluded oasis in the heart of the city? Marvel at the Edwardian-style property and have a pleasant stroll at the seven idyllic cultivated gardens.
7. Explore science at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Whether you are into science or not, you need to make a stop at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum whose collections will blow your mind away. Expect to be amazed by the steam engines, historical artifacts, emotional robots, and modern interactive displays, among others. Make sure to also visit the Planetarium that boasts a brand-new 4K system.
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Address: Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG, United Kingdom
Website: Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 9 GBP (12 USD)
8. Catch a show at Birmingham Hippodrome
Do you want to be entertained by a comedy act, a pantomime, an opera or a ballet performance? Find your way to Birmingham Hippodrome and you will have a night you will never forget for a very long time. Go to its website to see what is on and book a ticket to your favorite show. If you are interested in something free, Birmingham Hippodrome also regularly hosts free events and festivals.
Address: Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB, UK
Website: Birmingham Hippodrome
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8pm
Price: free or depending on the show
9. Admire the English Baroque architecture of St Philip’s Cathedral
Last but not least, the English Baroque architecture of St Philip’s Cathedral will leave you speechless. Designed by Thomas Archer, the cathedral is among the smallest cathedrals in the country. You are welcome to come inside and take a self-guided tour around the cathedral. Pay attention to the set of stained-glass windows that are too remarkable to be ignored.
St Philip’s Cathedral
Address: Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB, UK
Website: St Philip’s Cathedral
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6.30pm; Sat - Sun: 8.30am - 5pm
Interested in knowing more about Birmingham’s industrial past? There is no place better than the Pen Museum that will give you some insights into the industrial past as you explore the former factory space. Understand more about the city’s relationship with the written word, through a collection of 5,000 items.
Skip the Line: The Pen Museum Admission Ticket
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Birmingham: for solo-travelers or group visitors
It does not matter whether you are traveling to Birmingham alone or with travel partners. The city has a lot of attractions to offer. Make sure to visit all the above-mentioned attractions alone to create the most memorable memories.
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