Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.
Carefully restored, an atmospheric 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses. Take a glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people who helped make Birmingham an extraordinary city. Admission to the Back to Backs is by guided tour only. The Sweet Shop is open to all.
St Martin in the Bull Ring is one of the most ancient and contemporary buildings in Birmingham. Most of this Grade II listed church is from the nineteenth century. It was built in 1873 and is an example of gothic Victorian architecture, designed by Alfred Chatwin from Birmingham.
Victoria Square is home to both Birmingham's Council House and Town Hall. You can also see the old Main Post Office building. Just to the north is Chamberlain Square where you'll find the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This area is at the centre of most events in the city.
St Philip's has been a place of worship and prayer since at least the early 1700s. The cathedral is a living organism with services, choir practices and meetings taking place at times throughout most days but visitors are always welcome to come in and, if appropriate, take part.
The Library of Birmingham is the city's public library located at Centenary Square. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo and opened in September 2013, it replaced the 1970s Central Library built in the brutalist style which many disliked immensely. The library is estimated to have cost over £188 million to build.
Gas Street Basin in Birmingham city centre is the heart of Britain's canal network. In days gone by it was the hub of a thriving canal transport network and would have been alive with the sound of cargoes as diverse as chocolate crumb, coal and glass being loaded and unloaded.
Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue located in Brindleyplace. The gallery features temporary exhibitions over two floors and shows work by artists from around the world. A variety of media is represented including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation.
Named in celebration of the centenary of Birmingham's city status (1989), Centenary Square is one of the City's newest public open spaces. The square was originally planned to be the new Civic Centre for the city but was never finished. It is currently undergoing a complete reconstruction.
Sea Life is the world’s biggest aquarium chain with more than 40 attractions across the world. Fancy diving beneath the sea without getting wet? You'll come eyeball to eyeball with everything from shrimps to sharks, and learn tons of great stuff from Sea Life experts.
St Thomas' Peace Garden is a small public park in Birmingham designated as a monument to peace and a memorial to all those killed in armed conflict. It was designed around the tower and west porticos of St Thomas' Church which was half demolished in the Birmingham Blitz in 1940 and never restored.
BBC Birmingham is located in The Mailbox leisure complex. Within the Public Space area you can try your hand at presenting the news or a weather bulletin and take a touch screen tour of the radio drama studio where The Archers is recorded.
Travel back in time a few decades to experience how Newman Brothers operated during its heyday. You will enter a time capsule where the music of the 60s is piped into the building, mingled with the industrial sounds of a working factory.
When the proprietors of the Smith and Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm decided to retire in 1981 they ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations. Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter.
Established in 1881, J. W. Evans is one of the most complete surviving historic factories in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. To walk into the factory today is to enter a lost industrial world. Behind the frontage of four terraced houses, the workshops retain their original drop stamps and fly presses.