A family holiday break to Birmingham is time very well spent!
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Oldbury provides a comfortable base for families enjoying a break to the UK's second largest city. Our family rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children and the kids stay free! Parking is free at the hotel, as well as Wi-Fi and breakfast is also included so you can save your pennies for your family day out!
We've listed a few attractions that'll keep the full family smiling:
Journey through the amazing glass tunnel and explore the mesmerising ocean world with Birmingham's Sea Life Aquarium.
Treat the kids to a great day as they get the chance to get up close to colourful, coastal creatures and deep-sea dwellers. Watch their faces light up as the spend the day with the stars from Finding Nemo and make new friends with the crafty crabs, spectacular seahorses, graceful giant sea turtles and the scary sharks.
While travelling through the impressive aquarium, there is plenty of interaction along the way. Children will enjoy collecting all the stamps for their sea-life passport, watching diving displays and getting up close with the amazing array of creatures in the Touchpool discovery zone.
Make sure to catch the shark and stingray feeding displays which are amazing and there is even an incredible octopus to spot too!
Handy tips would be to bring a camera that operates well in dimly lit conditions. To see the animals in the best possible way, the aquarium has quite soft lighting. Another tip would be save money on tickets by booking on-line via Sea Life Birmingham's website.
As well as being a leading marine conservation centre, Sea Life Birmingham is a breath-taking day out.
National Sea Life Centre
The Waters Edge
Birmingham's Thinktank Science Museum is a very worthwhile trip for all ages - especially for those young, inquisitive minds.
There are endless opportunities for your kids to enjoy, explore and interactive while they make their way through the 10 galleries of themed fun. In fact, Thinktank has over 200 displays to interest visitors, each allowing a brilliant chance to investigate all manners of modern science.
The best part of Thinktank is children won't even realise how much they're learning as they'll be having so much fun. There is a genuinely entertaining water play area, which may even tempt the big kids to get involved.
Other great attractions include a Kids City Gallery that is a real delight for toddlers, the Science Garden for interactive outdoor fun and a state-of-the-art Planetarium. The Planetarium is a fantastic experience, a fully 360° view of the galaxy is projected onto the domed ceiling – simply stunning.
Thinktank - Birmingham
Dudley Zoo makes for an incredible day's fun amongst some remarkable wildlife.
Located in the grounds of the 11th century Dudley castle, there is really a lot to see and do. You will not want to miss anything and the chance to get up close to some stunning stars of the animal kingdom just fantastic for the kids.
For anyone with an interest in exotic wildlife, Dudley Zoo provides a great opportunity to see such creatures as: Chimpanzees, Tigers, Lions, Kookaburras, Dwarf Crocodiles, Black Bears, Kangaroos, Snow Leopards, Boa Constrictors, Red-kneed Tarantulas and many more...wow!
There are also plenty of animal shows that take place within the zoo, including fascinating feeding time displays, sea lion shows and some Bird of Prey demonstrations, each highly enjoyable with interesting keeper discussions.
If you're feeling extra, EXTRA brave then you can take part in the Arachnophobia Workshop. Here you have the chance to handle impressive spider specimens. Don't be put off if you have a real fear of spiders, as the experience has actually helped many people control or even overcome their fear.
If that's not scary enough for the kids, you can go on a ghost hunt around the spooky surroundings of Dudley Castle. As one of the most haunted buildings in the area, you're guaranteed a few frights along the way and may even run into a few gruesome ghouls.
With so much family-fun, Dudley Zoo is outstanding value and will have the kids entertained for hours.
Dudley Zoological Gardens