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Friday 28th of August 2015
A favourite amongst children and adults alike, Cadbury World is a popular family-friendly visitor attraction run by the world-famous chocolate company. Cadbury started life in Birmingham in 1843, and their delicious chocolate has since gone on to become one of the city’s most celebrated exports. Here at Cadbury World, you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate, and have fun doing it, too! Cadbury world is an immersive, all-day experience, and features exciting interactive attractions such as the 4D Chocolate Adventure, an Aztec-themed area, and yes, of course – free samples of chocolate along the way.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a welcome oasis of calm within the relentless bustle of Birmingham city centre. Located in Edgbaston, just a mile outside of the town centre, the gardens are a must for the horticultural enthusiast, and the beautiful surroundings make the gardens a highly-popular destination for weddings, corporate events, and private parties. The 63-acre site features some of the most beautiful flowers and greenery in the country, and there is plenty of wildlife to admire too, with a birdhouse and seasonal butterfly enclosure on site. A truly pleasant experience.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Housed in a beautiful Grade II-listed art deco building on the campus of the University of Birmingham, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a purpose-built art gallery and concert hall which boasts a collection of works by artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, and Rembrandt. The institute also houses one of the world’s largest coin collections of Roman and Byzantine coins. This outstanding collection was supplemented in 1967 and features over 15,000 coins. Many concerts take place at the Barber all-year-round, as well as a music festival which is held in June.
National Sea Life Centre
Along the banks of Birmingham’s BCN canal lies this quirky-looking building which boasts arguably the finest collection of marinelife in the whole country. A must for nature-lovers, the centre is home to a giant Pacific octopus, lobsters, sharks, sting rays, and even otters. Incredibly, the building holds a one-million-litre ocean tank, which houses giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks, and tropical reef fish, with a fully transparent underwater tunnel for visitors to observe whilst observing these wonderful creatures. The National Sea Life Centre enjoys a conveniently central location, just a 15-minute walk from Birmingham New Street station, and there is ample parking for your Easirent hire car nearby.
Just a 25-minute drive west of our Easirent site at Birmingham Airport lies the famous Stratford-upon-Avon canal. Local tour operator Canal & River Tours ltd offer 45 min boat tours from the very centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, with regular departures every day of the week. These tours travel through the historic canal lock, down onto the River Avon and back again. The canal basin is centrally located between the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre and main shopping areas of the town, and is surrounded by lush riverside gardens which are open to the public. A marvellously relaxing day out.