Things to do in Birmingham
If you find yourself at a loose end before or after the EDGE conference, or if you are travelling from afar and plan to stay in Birmingham longer than two days, then below is our informed list of 9 great places to visit during your stay. Birmingham city centre is just a short 25 minutes away by car or train, so you will have plenty of options to choose from if you fancy seeing more of the UK’s largest city outside of London. While the Vox Conference Centre is located in Resorts World (which contains a suitable number of outlet shopping and dining places, including hotels in the vicinity), the list below is excellent for those EDGE enthusiasts with itchy feet.
Birmingham City Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham rivals pretty much anywhere in the UK when it comes to museums and art galleries, with many elegant displays of fine and classical art showcasing some impressive new artistic talent. Birmingham City Museum & Art Gallery is one of our most highly recommended museums to visit if you want to start the EDGE Conference feeling energised and charged with inspiration. Why not start as you mean to go on?
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Birmingham Symphony Hall, based at Town Hall, is one of the world’s best concert halls. The 2,262 seat concert venue was officially opened by the Queen in 1999 and hosts around 270 events per year. Why not treat yourself to a show in between discovering how to effectively manage multi-centre research using EDGE? We think you deserve it.
The Bullring Shopping Centre
Ideal for EDGE users who love shopping til they drop. The Bullring is one of the UK’s most visited shopping centres, located right in the heart of the city. The centre contains over 160 shops (including Selfridges), as well as over 28 different places to eat and drink. The structure of the Bullring centre is also quite impressive.
We strongly recommend this place if you are planning to purchase that new EDGE conference blouse or shirt on your visit.
Thinktank Science Museum
Science is all around us.
Thinktank is one of Birmingham’s award winning science museums with over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology. The museum enables visitors to explore deep in space, find out how doctors perform life-changing surgery, and much, much more. It even has a science garden and talking robots!
Perfectly informative and inspiring in the explosive lead up to the EDGE Conference.
It is often said that no visit to Birmingham is complete without having dinner at a curry or Balti house. Whilst being home of the Balti, Birmingham also consists of some of the best-rated Indian restaurants in the country. Birmingham Mail recently published an article: “Nine curry houses you MUST try in Birmingham.” There is just bound to be something that takes your fancy in between learning more about EDGE reports and attributes.
National Sea Life Centre
For EDGE penguin lovers, the National Sea Life Centre consists of an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life. The discovery aquarium consists of 1 million litres of water, housing over 2,000 creatures from around the world including sharks, sting rays, Gentoo penguins, green sea turtles, and many more.
We also think their slogan sums up the EDGE conference perfectly well: “Transporting visitors into an underwater clinical world of discovery.”
Black Country Living Museum
Based in Dudley, 10 miles west of Birmingham, this is an award winning open air living museum which tells the story of the world’s first industrial landscape. The museum is complete with buildings, vehicles, and railway goods that were relocated form their original sites to form a base where demonstrators portray life spanning 300 years of history.
We believe that this museum might be remarkably similar to our planned exhibition: “EDGE: Through the Ages”
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Located in the heart of Edgbaston, the Botanical Gardens consists of 15 acres of glasshouses and wildlife trails, including an Avery and a butterfly house. Whilst we absolutely cannot guarantee that the weather will be suitable for this trip, this outing is ideal for EDGE horticulturalists looking to welcome spring into open arms after exploring how to effectively utilise EDGE for invoicing. Come rain or come shine.
One of the UK’s most popular leisure attractions aimed at all EDGE users and chocolate lovers. Cadbury World delivers a well-respected education programme, providing visitors with the opportunity to discover the history of chocolate, as well as learn about the origins of the Cadbury business – the world’s second largest confectionery manufacturer. If you end up going before the conference, we kindly ask that you bring back copious quantities of Cadbury’s chocolate buttons for the EDGE Experts feeding time.
Located in Birmingham’s creative corner, the Custard Factory is an independent shopping destination with more than 30 unique and quirky little shops and cafes. It is the heart of Birmingham’s creative and digital district set in 15 acres of restored Victorian factories, and has everything from vintage clothing to modern jewellery, art, furniture, and interiors. After some creative shopping in preparation for the EDGE conference, why not stop in for a drink at Birmingham’s oldest pub: The Old Crown.
In fact, you might not feel that you need to leave the building! The Vox is located on the top floor at Resorts World, which, coincidentally, is also regarded as the home of outlet shopping in West Midlands. Resorts World even contains the largest casino in the UK, including a shopping mall, many restaurants and bars, and an IMAX cinema. There will be plenty of things to keep you entertained during and after a stimulating two days of intense learning.