Birmingham may be the UK’s second biggest city, but that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive to enjoy it. I’ve lived here for 10 years now, and I think it’s pretty easy to find low cost activities. So when Megabus asked me to share my top things to do in Brum for under £60, I was on board (excuse the pun) straight away.
Megabus has just launched new buses in six cities across the UK this month, including Birmingham. This means it’s never been easier to rock up to the Midlands! If you’re planning a visit, here are my top three things to do that won’t cost more than £60.
1. Stroll the Botanical Gardens
Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens must be up there with the best in Britain. Within the 15 acres of lush landscaped gardens you will find four glassehouses including a Tropical House. There are also wild roaming peacocks, a huge lawn and two children’s play areas. Adult tickets are £7.50 each, while family tickets for 2 adults and up to 3 children are £22. Children are £5.25, those under five are free. With money left in the budget treat yourself in the delicious on-site cafe.
2. Brunch like there’s no tomorrow
The city centre is packed full of hotels, with the Hyatt being one of the most stylish and sophisticated. Conveniently located near to several major attractions including the ICC, Symphony Hall and the Library, the Hyatt also offers fine dining at an affordable price. For £30 per person, every Sunday you can indulge in an absolute feast at their brunch offering. From cured meats to seafood ceviche, eggs benedict to roast beef, and a street food counter, there is something to please everyone. For those with a sweet tooth, you will find pastries and puddings aplenty, as well as a live waffle station.
After brunch, stretch your legs with a waterside walk. Birmingham is well known for its miles of canal and it’s a lovely way to while away an hour or two. Gas Street and Brindley Place, which are home to different areas of the canal network, are both within just a few minutes from the Hyatt.
Explore Birmingham’s Museums
The city is home to a number of fantastic museums, run by the Birmingham Museums Trust. The striking Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) is housed in a Grade II listed city centre landmark building. With over 40 galleries to explore showcasing art, history and archaeology among other themes, its easy to lose a whole afternoon here. Amazingly, entrance to the museum is free (donations are welcome) which means you’ll have money for the gift shop, tea room, or support the local independent businesses nearby.
If you’re looking for something more interactive or have little ones in tow, Thinktank is perfect. This award-winning science museum is fun, hands-on and educational. You’ll find 200 displays set over four floors, including a planetarium and science garden. Tickets are £14 for adults and £10.25 for 3-15 year olds. Under 3s go free.
Thanks to Megabus for asking me to be part of this fun campaign. You can find more ideas on their Birmingham City Guide as well. Enjoy exploring this wonderful city!