The best things to do in Birmingham for couples range from world-class shows to romantic canal-side strolls. Exploring a new city is always a fun thing to do with your beloved, but this UK city is literally overflowing with romantic and entertaining activities if you want to spice things up. 

    Britain's 2nd largest city offers a delightful array of ways to while away the hours with your special someone, with options to suit all tastes and budgets. From indulgent spas to hobbit-hunting on the Tolkien Trail, Birmingham truly offers something for travellers on a romantic trip.

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    Canal-side walks

    Take a stroll along the banks of Birmingham's picturesque waterways

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    Birmingham's canals were a key element to its prestigious manufacturing heritage, helping it gain its early reputation as 'workshop to the world'. With 35 miles of canals, the city has a larger network than Venice, with many potential routes for you to enjoy. Options include starting at The Bullring shopping centre and heading to Victoria Square, or from Brindleyplace to the world-famous Cadbury's Chocolate Factory in Bournville. 

    The tree-lined waterside should please nature enthusiasts, while its proximity to the city means the area is home to plenty of pubs and restaurants, too. Popular choices include Viceroy Tandoori, Canalside Cafe, and The Malthouse.

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    Jewellery Quarter

    Discover the city’s finest crafts

    The Jewellery Quarter is a bustling urban village in Birmingham. It's home to over 700 jewellers and independent retailers, as well as a vibrant food and drink scene. There's plenty of things to see to keep couples entertained, besides spoiling your partner with a new set of gems, of course. 

    The area is steeped in Birmingham's rich industrial history, and in recent years has undergone something of a hipster-led resurgence. Trendy bars, restaurants and art galleries sit among diamond dealers, workshops and impressive Georgian architecture. You can spend hours strolling around and soaking up the unique atmosphere. Those wishing to immerse themselves in the local history should check out the fascinating Museum Of the Jewellery Quarter.

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    Sarehole Mill

    Revel in Middle Earth fantasy on the Tolkien Trail

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    Sarehole Mill offers a unique opportunity for bibliophiles to follow in the footsteps of the renowned The Lord Of The Rings author. Birmingham was J.R.R. Tolkien's home during his formative years, and the surroundings greatly influenced the Middle-earth of his legendary books. 

    Set inside the picturesque Shire County Park, Sarehole Mill is believed to have inspired the Great Mill in The Hobbit. The restored 18th-century mill has numerous Tolkien-themed exhibits and a Victorian bakehouse. Its well-maintained grounds contain a millpond, willow trees, and exotic plants. It's easy to imagine Tolkien's heroes inhabiting this magical landscape, making Sarehole Mill an idyllic spot to share time with your special someone.

    Location: Cole Bank Rd, Birmingham B13 0BD, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 348 8160

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    Cannon Hill Park

    Make the most of the great outdoors at Birmingham's most popular park

    Cannon Hill Park is a beautiful 250-acre space in Birmingham, with conservation and woodland areas alongside top-quality sports facilities and fun activities. Take a romantic boat ride on Swan Lake, satisfy your competitive spirit among tricky water hazards at Golden Putter Mini Golf, or take a tour of the grounds on the Cannon Hill Park Land Train.

    The park is home to MAC Birmingham, a facility dedicated to bringing the arts into the community through inspirational shows, exhibitions and workshops. You'll find Bridges Cafe and Arena Bar, a great place grab a delicious hot chocolate or a slice of pizza.

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    Location: Russell Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8RD, UK

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 303 1111

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    Winterbourne House & Garden

    Enjoy a moment of serenity in this city oasis

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    Winterbourne House is a delightful heritage attraction set within 7 acres of botanic gardens. At just over 3 miles south of Birmingham city centre, this idyllic spot lets you spend a few hours with your significant other while enjoying a tranquil escape from the hubbub of the city.

    The Edwardian house is adorned with beautiful antiques, while the garden is home to over 6,000 plant species from around the world. You can stroll along a woodland walk, explore a hazelnut tunnel, and stop for a romantic moment on a 1930s Japanese bridge. Enjoy the quintessential English refreshment in Winterbourne's timeless and characterful tearoom.

    Location: 58 Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham B15 2RT, UK

    Open: Daily from 10.30 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)121 4143003

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    Birmingham Royal Ballet

    See graceful performances by a world-renowned company

    The Birmingham Royal Ballet is regarded as the UK's premier touring ballet company. It was originally formed in 1946 as Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet. Today, it carries out locally-based performances in the grand Birmingham Hippodrome. Featuring an international cast of dancers and directors, you can expect to see this graceful art form performed to the highest imaginable standards.

    The Birmingham Royal Ballet performs contemporary and classic shows – including Swan Lake and The Nutcracker – as well as family favourites such as Cinderella. Don't worry if the ballet isn't in town when you visit, as the Hippodrome has plenty of entertaining alternatives throughout the year.

    Location: 7 Thorp St, Birmingham B5 4AU, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)121 2453500

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    Santai Spa

    Enjoy a fancy couples’ spa with lakeside views

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    Santai Spa is a great option for couples searching for rest and relaxation in Birmingham. Physical, mental and emotional well-being are the order of the day at this top-rated spa. It offers a tailored selection of luxury packages, day passes and treatments, along with modern relaxation and wellness facilities.

    You can unwind on hot-stone loungers, enjoy afternoon tea, or relish a long soak in an outdoor hot tub with lakeside views. For the pinnacle in pampering, skilled therapists can massage away your stresses before you relax in the sauna and steam room. Of course, anyone with energy to burn can make full use of Santai Spa's well-equipped gym and luxurious swimming pool.

    Location: Genting Hotel, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PS, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)121 2731000

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    Barber Institute of Fine Arts

    One of the UK’s finest collections of the Old Masters

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    The Barber Institute of Fine Arts has a well-curated art collection, featuring masterpieces from artists like Botticelli, Turner, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. This is a genuinely impressive place for cultural-inclined couples looking to marvel at artwork from some of the world's most renowned luminaries.

    The carefully-maintained art deco building is also home to Europe's most significant collection of Roman, Byzantine and medieval coins. The museum regularly hosts collaborations and activities with Birmingham-based artists. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts's friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to answer any questions about the exhibits. 

    Location: University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TS, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)121 4147333

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    Birmingham Hippodrome

    World-class musicals, performance and dance

    The Birmingham Hippodrome is a magnificent theatre located in the city's Chinese Quarter. The facility attracts an average of 500,000 visitors annually, making it one of the UK's most popular single-auditorium venues. As well as being home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the theatre showcases the entire repertoire of the Welsh National Opera. It also regularly welcomes critically acclaimed international dance acts throughout the year. 

    Hoping to treat your beloved to a world-class show but can't make it to London or New York? The Birmingham Hippodrome is firmly on the touring map of favourites from the West End and Broadway, hosting titles including The Lion KingMama MiaWickedGrease, and We Will Rock You.

    Location: Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)844 3385000

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    Electric Cinema

    Enjoy the silver screen in exquisite art deco surroundings

    The Electric Cinema is the oldest working cinema in the UK today. Easy to find on a sidestreet beside New Street Station, the beautiful art deco venue has undergone numerous transformations over the years, from operating as a classic cartoon theatre to the independent picture house it is today.

    Films on show include the latest independent flicks and mainstream releases. Amorous moviegoers can enjoy the silver screen in all its glory while snuggling on the super comfy sofas. You can order snacks and refreshments via text message. The Electric Cinema also includes a sound recording facility and regularly runs special events, late-night screenings and Q&A sessions.

    Location: 47-49, Station St, Birmingham B5 4DY, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)121 6437879

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    Patrizio Cavaliere | Contributing Writer

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