Plan your journey from Birmingham New Street StationBirmingham is England’s second largest city after London, and it shows with the sheer amount of things to see and do here. Canal cruises, art galleries, museums and some of the finest international food the country has to offer are all readily available.
At Thinktank, the city’s science museum, you can enter the planetarium, which boasts a 360-degree 3D rendering of the stars. Spend time in the museum’s Science Garden, or check out the latest special exhibitions. You can find out everything from how steam engines work to what happens to your leftover food once you’ve thrown it away. It’s a fun day out for both children and adults.
Visit Winterbourne House and Garden for a cultural and historical look at the city. Spread across seven acres of pristine landscape, the buildings and gardens here appear frozen in time. The house was built in 1903 and has been restored to its original glory with meticulously landscaped lawns and a host of antiques on display.
Located 30 minutes from the city centre, the Falconry Centre gives visitors the chance to get up close to an array of birds of prey from around the world. Keep an eye out and try to spot eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and more.
Birmingham is a fantastic UK destination to explore. To make the most of your time in the city, travel in the comfort of an Avis rental car.
Beyond Birmingham New Street StationBirmingham is a rich and diverse metropolis with plenty to see, but journey beyond the city and you’ll be treated to a wealth of other attractions too.
This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty really does live up to this designation. An hour and 15 minutes from Birmingham New Street Station, the landscapes of this stunning region are sure to impress. Here, wild horses run free in the valleys, rolling hills seem to stretch on endlessly, dense woodlands are brimming with wildlife and flowing rivers meander through the area.
The great Hanbury Hall was designed in the 18th century by Thomas Vernon, who was the MP for Worcester. Today the hall has a varied interior with paintings by Sir James Thornhill, an English painter of historical subjects, adorning the walls. The restored Hercules rooms and gothic corridor provide a glimpse into the stately home’s past. To get here from Birmingham New Street Station follow the M6 west for 40 minutes.
Once a centre of production, with clocks, cars and munitions being made here, Coventry had to be largely rebuilt after it was almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War. Some medieval streets still exist and the ruins of the 13th century Coventry Cathedral are worth visiting. The Coventry Transport Museum is a top attraction and displays hundreds of modes of transport from across the decades, including horse-drawn carts and jet-powered vehicles.
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