Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice? Embark on a canal boat tour and explore the city’s heritage without having to move a muscle. There are several routes to choose from, ranging from tours of the more modern developments of Birmingham to the city’s pretty suburbs and out further into the countryside.
If you want to burn some early morning energy, you can discover adventure in the heart of a city. Test your mental and physical abilities at Birmingham’s recently opened Bear Grylls Adventure, the TV presenter’s eponymous activities venue. Choose from thrilling climbing challenges; tackle Europe's tallest high-ropes courses; experience unadulterated joy at the indoor skydiving; or submerge yourself for the underwater challenges. Feeling extra adventurous? Take on all the challenges in one day with a special package deal!
After a morning of adventure, you'll definitely be hungry. How about a botanical-inspired cocktail (think poppy and pomegranate martini or a sage and rhubarb spritz) created from greenhouse herbs grown on-site to accompany a hearty lunch in a charming venue? The Botanist evokes a secret garden atmosphere, its décor embellished with various knick-knacks and ornaments. The restaurant serves up BBQ, deli and rotisserie-based dishes such as its famous hanging kebabs, ranging from tandoori cod and king prawn to lamb kofta with harissa jam.
Room for more? One of Britain’s most famous confectionary brands, Cadbury, was born and bred in Birmingham. Discover its story and feast on as much chocolate as you can eat at Cadbury World, 25 minutes from the city centre by train. You’ll find out how chocolate is made, explore the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone and the 4D cinema experiences before watching the chocolatiers at work. And don’t forget to stock up on treats at the world’s largest Cadbury shop on-site!
Head back into Birmingham and make your way over to the Custard Factory in the city’s creative quarter, and enjoy a round of crazy golf against a backdrop of graffiti art and cool music at Ghetto Golf. After you’ve hit 18 holes, sip a cocktail or two at its stylish bar.
Afterwards, head for the city centre and enjoy a meal at one of Birmingham’s newest dining experiences, Pint Shop. Located in a building dating back to 1860 in Bennett’s Hill, the restaurant focuses on a menu of seasonal British produce and local and national beers.
Time to rest up before the next day of your Birmingham adventure! Pentahotel is ideally located in the heart of Birmingham, just minutes away from the city centre and Birmingham New Street station. With all the home comforts and luxuries you could want at an affordable rate, it's the perfect spot for a mid-adventure snooze.