A summer break for the family in the heart of the Midlands has the great advantage of offering such a wide range of attractions for children of every age that there is no risk that the English weather will dampen your holiday.
The location and comfort offered by your choice of hotel will help to make a real success of your summer city break, and of Birmingham hotels, the Millennium Copthorne offers the advantages of being close to the city centre, and an easy trip to the National Exhibition Centre.
Children love canals, and if the weather permits, take a stroll along the edge of the canal in the centre of Birmingham, and explore the shops, galleries and restaurants that now cluster along its banks. Continuing the watery theme, you will also find the National Sea Life Centre in this area, an impressive building designed by Norman Foster, which is currently offering free entry for children. If you would like to combine fine dining with exploring the city’s waterways, you can take a three-hour cruise on a luxury floating restaurant.
And if the kids haven’t lost their enthusiasm for boats after all that, you might like to take them to Cannon Hill Park, where you can hire a pedal boat to take them out on the lake, or walk through the woodland and wildflower meadows. Birmingham Nature Centre, a short walk from the park, offers a fascinating glimpse into the vital work that some zoos are now doing to breed and preserve endangered species.
If your enthusiasm is bargain hunting, then the converted Birds Custard Factory in Digbeth, not far from the notorious but now transformed Bull Ring, will provide you with hours of interest and fun. The site is now home to over five hundred artists and craftsmen, and in summer there is a weekly flea market. The summer holidays also see an influx of street entertainers, children’s theatre groups and activities, and ethnic food stalls.
And of course no trip to Birmingham is complete without a visit to Cadbury World, which includes the chance to create your own chocolate treat, Beanmobile trips for children, and a walk through the history of chocolate making, from the Aztec jungle to the opening of the first drinking chocolate shop by John Cadbury in Birmingham in 1824.