Library of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham, formally opened in 2013, is a stunning modern structure that stands out among the historic buildings in the city. The library is hailed as the largest in the UK; the largest cultural space in Europe and Europe’s largest regional library. Once you have finished marveling over the jaw-dropping building you can continue to be amazed by the incredible collection of photographs, rare books, art work, and film archive on display inside.
The Bullring is a shopping complex in central Birmingham, England. The massive center is on the edge of the sandstone city ridge overlooking St Martin’s Church. The futuristic Bullring building is a stark contrast to the historical church. The most recognizable feature of the shopping complex is the façade of the Selfridges store. The undulating exterior is covered in 15,000 aluminum discs. The building has won several architectural awards.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a world-class museum which holds collections of metalwork; archaeology; fine art; ethnography; industrial history; local history; jewellery; natural history and ceramics. The Staffordshire Hoard was buried about 1,400 years ago and is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Hundreds of pieces of the gold are on display and there is even a hands-on section.
National Sea Life Centre
The National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham has over 60 displays of sea and fresh water life and houses more than 2,000 creatures from around the world. The largest of the tanks holds 1 million liters of sea water and is home to giant green sea turtles, tropical reef fish and blacktip reef sharks. Running through the tank is Britain’s only fully-transparent underwater tunnel. Visitor can walk through the tunnel and see the fish swimming all around them.
Aston Hall in Aston, Birmingham is one of the last Jacobean mansions to have been built and is one of the finest examples of the Jacobean prodigy house style of architecture. It is a Grade I historical property and was designed by John Thorpe and completed in 1635. The red brick mansion is surrounded by public parklands which have been restored and adorned with fountains, terraces and statues.
Winterbourne Botanic Garden
The Winterbourne Botanic Garden is a rare example of an Edwardian suburban villa garden inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. The villa is set within a 7 acre garden which has been recreated to resemble its original Edwardian design. The garden has many fascinating corners to discover like the carnivorous glasshouse. See the beautiful sundial and the prized Anthemis, the orchid house, arid house, alpine garden and Hazel tunnel.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is housed in the former family-run factory of Smith and Pepper which produced gold jewellery there for more than 80 years. When operations ended in 1981 the factory was left as it was and unbeknown to the owners they preserved this slice of history for generations to come. The heart of the museum is the jewellery workshop where you can get a look inside the working life of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.