Arts and culture

Birmingham is more than just Spaghetti Junction and motorways, our city is full of gorgeous historic squares and fantastic architecture from beautiful Georgian buildings to stunning new structures like the Library of Birmingham. For all the culture vultures, Birmingham offers a range of fantastic cultural entertainment including galleries, museums and concert halls.

  • The Hippodrome - The city’s biggest theatre. Birmingham’s Royal Ballet regularly performs classics including The Nutcracker and more modern takes from Michael Bourne. You’ll also find famous theatres including Grease and Wicked and a number of pantomimes and shows.
  • Symphony Hall - Widely regarded as one of the finest Concert Halls in the world, it is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and also hosts jazz, folk, rock, pop and world music.
  • Royal Shakespeare Company - With over one million visitors each year, the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres are a little under an hour away by train (from Birmingham Moor Street). With performances all year round, you can take in a play and even enjoy a meal in the Rooftop Restaurant.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - Houses Europe’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art, and also has a stunning Edwardian tea room!
  • The Library of Birmingham - An architectural icon in Birmingham, the library is a welcoming space open to all with fantastic facilities and stunning views across the city.
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre - One of the UK’s leading theatres which hosts an exciting and varied programme throughout the year.
  • MAC Birmingham - Located in Cannon Hill Park, the MAC is one of the most exciting cultural venues in the country, with galleries and exhibitions, cinema, theatre, dance, comedy and even crafts and workshops on throughout the year.
  • Ikon gallery - Located in Brindley place the Ikon displays fantastic contemporary art and exhibitions.
  • St Pauls Gallery - The world’s leading retailer in signed limited edition album cover fine art, so not to be missed if music is your passion! Located in the city's historic Jewellery Quarter.
  • Thinktank - Just a stone’s throw away if your tastes are more science-based than art.
  • Town Hall - Hosts a wide range of events including craft fairs, comedy shows, readings and more!
  • Barclaycard Arena - A fantastic arena where you’ll find a range of events from Comedy shows, music events and pantomimes.
  • The Electric Cinema - The UK’s oldest working cinema, showing everything from big hits and cult classics to independent films.