Finding places to visit that the whole family will enjoy but that won’t break the bank can be a challenge, but there are many attractions in Birmingham which offer free admission.

Arts and Science

The Lapworth Museum of Geology showcases a huge range of fossils that any child will enjoy, including dinosaurs and sabre-tooth tigers. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery offers free entry for its main museum, but there may be a charge for temporary exhibitions. The Thinktank is an outdoor science garden which includes all manner of devices and machines for kids to explore. Admission is only free between 3pm and 5pm daily, so you’ll need to factor this into your itinerary. At BBC Birmingham you can take a tour of the studio, watch presenters live or try your hand at presenting the news. The Mac offers free entry for their main exhibitions – performances and events may be extra. Birmingham has had a long association with jewellery making, and at the museum you can learn about the history of the industry. Admission for children is free.

Churches

Birmingham has many well-maintained churches for you to visit – worth a mention are St Laurence’s in Northfield, St Gile’s at Sheldon and St Edbirgha’s at Yardley.

Get Outdoors

According to Visit Birmingham, there are more than 8,000 acres of open spaces and parks to explore in the city, so you won’t be short of choice. The Martineau Gardens are community-run gardens with over two and a half acres to explore. Admission is free, and there’s no café or shop that can tempt you into spending money, so just pack a picnic and enjoy. Other parks in the city centre include Kings Heath Park, Pype Hayes Park, Cannnon Hill Park and Lightvale Park. Or why not pick up a map and follow the Tolkien Trail? The author grew up in Birmingham, and the trail leads you to some of the places where he lived and worked.

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So whether you go for a day or stay for a week, there is plenty to do and see in Birmingham that will keep the whole family entertained.