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Best family days out in Birmingham and the surrounding areas

Best family days out in Birmingham and the surrounding areas

As the UK’s second biggest city, Birmingham or “Brum” as it’s affectionately known to the natives, has a wide range of exciting days out for families of all ages.

And you can save money by organising minibus hire or hire a coach so that your friends and extended family can share the fun.

 Amusement parks, Museums, Galleries, and Zoos are just a few of Birmingham's attractions, and just a short drive from the city you’ll discover an even bigger range of activities in the countryside of the West Midlands.

Here’s some of the best family days out in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

A starting shortlist

Cadbury World

It's almost impossible to start anywhere other than the world famous Cadbury World. A great visit with kids or without. And there is a rise in Christmas shopping breaks and even hen parties, booking coach hire in Birmingham and starting their weekend with a chocolate fest at the home of Britain's most famous chocolate brand.

But it’s more than just a factory tour where you can actually watch chocolatiers at work, and take up opportunities to get a little sticky with chocolate making and trace the history of chocolate. 

The experience is very much a chocolate amusement park, with rides, where you can discover the history of chocolate and Cadbury’s as a brand through interactive exhibits, including an Aztec jungle, 4D chocolate roller coaster adventure and ride-on journey through a chocolate wonderland.

And the grand finale is an enormous chocolate shop, but keep a close eye on the kids shopping baskets! A brilliant family day out in Birmingham and always worth a visit.


It's a wonderful day out, so book your Birmingham coach hire today and plan a local community group or family visit to experience the wonders of Legoland.

 It’s a wonderland for Lego fans, but you don't have to be a lego fanatic to enjoy this great family day out. Of course there are interactive opportunities for kids and adults to build their own Lego creations in the 10 Lego build and play zones, as well as fantastic rides and a 4D cinematic experience that will deliver plenty of “wows”.

Marvel at the amazing Miniland Lego city which has over 1.5 million bricks, and the Lego-inspired fun makes this one of the best places for a family day out in and around Birmingham.

Hire a coach with an experienced driver and you can all relax, and join the kids having fun.

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

If you're looking for a more intimate family day out, then The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is perfect. It is a boutique zoo with an emphasis on fun. The Zoo has a selection of animals including red pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a large collection of monkeys, not to mention iguanas, snakes and lynx.

Some of their animals are endangered in the wild and the park plays an important role in their species’ conservation. It's a great educational experience as well, and for any child who loves animals, a sure-fire winner.

The Zoo has a programme of interesting talks throughout the day and you can have fun at feeding times as the animals are fed.

One last great idea is that the park can host your child’s birthday party. Simply book your minibus hire and off you go with their friends all onboard for an unforgettable day. 

Birmingham Botanical Garden

We receive a lot of enquiries for coach hire in Birmingham for this destination, and it's easy to see why as it has become one of the West Midlands, best loved family days out.

The Birmingham Botanical Garden is perfect for families with four beautiful display glasshouses which showcase a huge variety of flora and fauna from tropical rainforests to an arid desert display, surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens in the British Isles.

With a playground, tearoom and Japanese Gardens, they also provide activity sheets, a magnifying glass, tape measure and every child's favourite, the bug pot!

Kids love the Butterflies, and a walk through the butterfly house, plus they will be wowed by the Magical Plants Experience, which is a trail that helps them discover some of the plants that provided botanical inspiration for the world famous Harry Potter books and movies.

If a coach is too large then simply pop on our website for minibus hire and your day's travel will be as smooth as silk.

Lapworth Museum of Geology 

If you want to keep the education and fun going over the seasonal and summer holidays, then another great Birmingham day out for families is the The Lapworth Museum of Geology that allows you to explore life over 3.5 billion years.

From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, with replica skeletons of the carnivorous dinosaur Allosaurus and the flying reptile Pteranodon, capturing the imagination of young and old alike as you explore the thought provoking Evolution of Life gallery, along with the floor to ceiling rock wall which showcases rock types and explains the rock cycle.

The Museum also has some very interesting talks, guided tours and super fun art activities for kids. A lot of money was spent recently, bringing the museum's technological and interactive exhibits up to date with clever animations and soundscapes.

For Birmingham coach hire to visit this wonderful museum, we suggest you book early.

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Just a snapshot of a few of the fantastic places to visit and enjoy the best family days out in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, we will probably follow this up with a further blog as there is so much choice in the area.

You can always visit two or more places in a day if you prefer, just tell us your preferred itinerary when you book your coach hire in Birmingham, and we will make it happen.

Start planning those family days out now, as there is so much to enjoy.

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