Birmingham is a bustling city in the heart of England that has something for all kinds of solos. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or a lover of the arts, there's plenty to do and see in Birmingham. This article explores some of the best things to do in Birmingham.

Active Solo

Birmingham has a network of canals that are perfect for a leisurely stroll, especially during the summer months. The canals are lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants, making them the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or drink. You can also take a boat trip along the canals for a unique perspective on the city.

If you’re in Birmingham over the winter period you can burn some calories skating around the ice rink. The ice rink is usually located in the heart of the city, and there are plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you warm and fuelled up for more skating. The rink also offers lessons for those who are new to ice skating. 

Arty & Museum Solo

Birmingham is home to numerous museums and galleries that offer visitors the chance to learn about the city's history and culture.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a must-visit destination for art lovers and history buffs. The museum has an extensive collection of artwork, including pieces by the Pre- Raphaelites, as well as a vast collection of artefacts from Birmingham's rich history and around the world. The museum also features exhibitions throughout the year, so be sure to check out what's on before you visit.

The Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum is a great place to learn about science and technology. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is another must-visit attraction, with a collection of over 5,000 works of art, including paintings by Monet, Manet, and Van Gogh.

Culture Solo

The Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the best venues in the city for theater and performing arts. The venue has hosted some of the biggest shows and performers in the world, including the Royal Ballet and the West End's biggest musicals. Be sure to check out what's on during your visit especially during the evenings.

Foodie Solo

If you have a sweet tooth, then you won't want to miss Cadbury World. The tour takes you through the history of chocolate and the Cadbury family, as well as offers a glimpse into the chocolate-making process. You'll also have the chance to try some delicious chocolate for yourself.

The Big Birmingham Bake is a fun and unique experience that's perfect for baking enthusiasts. The event takes place in a marquee in the city centre, where you'll be given all the ingredients and equipment you need to bake your very own festive treats. There's also a festive bar serving drinks and snacks.

Festival Solo 

Birmingham is known for its vibrant festival scene, with numerous events and festivals taking place throughout the year. Some of the most popular festivals include the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, the Birmingham Pride Festival, and the Birmingham Comedy Festival. These festivals give you the chance to experience the city's culture, music, and entertainment scene.

History Solo

Do your own self-guided tour of the city's historic buildings. Birmingham is a city with a rich history, and there are numerous historic buildings and landmarks that offer visitors the chance to step back in time. The city is home to several 18th- and 19th-century buildings, including the Birmingham Town Hall, the Birmingham Cathedral, and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Birmingham Cathedral is a fascinating building. Built in 1715 in a Baroque style, the cathedral is Grade 1 listed and well worth a visit. Apparently, it is one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham which is still used for its original purpose. If you visit at Christmas time, the cathedral hosts various events throughout the festive period, including carol services and concerts. 

Nature Solo

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a stunning 15-acre site that's home to over 7,000 plants from around the world. The gardens feature four greenhouses, including a tropical rainforest and a Mediterranean house. There are also several themed gardens, including a Japanese garden and a herb garden.

Shopping Solo 

The Bullring Shopping Center is one of Birmingham's most popular tourist attractions. It's home to over 200 stores, including high-end designer brands and high-street fashion. There's also a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars, making it the perfect place to shop and dine.

When To Go To Birmingham

Birmingham is a great choice for solos whatever time of the year as there are plenty of places to see, both indoors and outdoors. It's a great winter destination too especially at Christmas when the city comes alive. There are several Christmas party venues in Birmingham so expect there to be many festivities. You can watch carol services and concerts at Birmingham Castle, embrace your inner child on the Polar Express Train and get caught up in the atmosphere no matter what you decide to do.