Here are our pick of things to do in Birmingham with teens to earn serious parenting points.
Birmingham is Europe’s youngest city. As a result, it is full of things to do with teenagers that will deliver a stress-free weekend break or staycation. Or even just a day out!
Parents in the Staying Cool team often bring their teens to stay and get the thumbs up every time. Our serviced apartments are always a hit with teens as they’re very sleek and very modern plus there are a lot of teenage attractions in the city centre, so they’re never bored.
Birmingham is HUGE on shopping. We have every high-street brand you could wish for and a wide range of trendy independent brands too plus some seriously high-end department stores and gold standard beauty halls. Shopping In Birmingham is a fantastic resource for any retail obsessed teen who wants to plan their shopping like a military campaign.
Keep an eye on Shopping In Birmingham for special events – Selfridges is particularly hot at organising mini-festivals. It also has a jaw-dropping food hall downstairs, which is a good place to grab a bite to eat or grab gifts to take home.
Birmingham offers a huge range of shops including the world’s biggest Primark and the world’s biggest Lush (right next door to our apartments at Rotunda). Indeed Rotunda is a part of Bullring so it’s perfectly placed for dropping your shopping or having a quick pit-stop.
At the other end of the scale, there’s also a strong independent retail scene in Birmingham that often appeals to teens. Our quirky teens are fans of:
- The Custard Factory – a great place to track down groovy indies. If your teens are into sustainable fashion then check out nearby Cow on Digbeth High Street. We’ve also produced a more detailed guide to Digbeth if you’re going.
- Liquor Store – a great place to source hard-to-get fashion brands.
- The Bullring’s outdoor and indoor markets (just down from the Bullring shopping centre) are great value for vintage style.
- Vinyl is Back in a big way. Swordfish Records survived during the lean times when digital was king. This is a place that music-obsessed teens and their parents can love. The shop is at 66 Dalton Street in Birmingham city centre.
The Library of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham was rebuilt very recently and it is the most visited tourist attraction outside London for good reason. It’s an extraordinary (and hugely Insta-genic) building. Obviously, there are thousands and thousands of books to look at, but it really is such a stunning building that even if that’s not appealing we’d recommend having a look around.
If your teen is fascinated by media, then let them know about the BFI Mediatheque. It is a free service based at the Library of Birmingham that gives access to an astonishing film and TV archive.
GOLF (BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT)
For over 18s only but, if your teen is old enough, it’s definitely a winner. Head down to the Custard Factory for crazy golf 21st-century style. We’re talking DJs, cocktails, street food and an indoor space smothered in graffiti.
If your teen laughs in the face of clean eating then this is bound to be a hit. Over 16s can enjoy a chocolatier experience (must be pre-booked), which is a chance to learn the art of chocolate making. All ages can enjoy Cadbury World in its full chocolatey glory and there’s plenty of history and science packed in there too. It can be a fun day out.
We’ve put together a handy guide of events for Summer 2021. Not all will be appropriate for teens but most will be.
We’re very proud of the culture in Birmingham. The city is pulsating with it. Some of our favourite spots that might appeal whilst you are in Birmingham with teens are:
The IKON gallery is all about contemporary art and a great place for inspiring creativity. This is another popular Birmingham spot with free entry and a rather lovely café. Yes, we are obsessed with the latter! IKON also provides excellent workshops, so it’s well worth checking out their website before your visit to Birmingham to see whether there’s something scheduled that your teen might love.
Birmingham’s Science Museum is also home to a Planetarium and a museum specially designed for the under fives which could be handy if you are travelling en famille and trying to cater for all ages. You do have to pay to enter.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is closed until Summer 2022 for refurbishment. When it re-opens you can see the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world, the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard and some really cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions, so it should definitely be on your list. If your teen is resistant to museums and galleries then lure them in with the promise of seriously good cake in the Edwardian Tearooms (much, much cooler than the name might suggest).
Film is huge in Birmingham. We have a big ODEON multiplex just seconds away from our apartments on New Street and a swish Everyman at the Mailbox. However, our hearts belong to the funky, independent Electric, which happens to be the oldest working cinema in Britain although it is currently closed post Covid.
Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen
You should also check out the intimate Mockingbird Cinema at the Custard Factory, which runs some great events and is a very cool spot.
The Birmingham Hippodrome
A beautiful theatre and the place to see huge West End hits without huge West End prices (or the need to book a decade in advance…).
If musicals are not your family’s thing then the Hippodrome also offers plenty of alternatives with Birmingham Royal Ballet, opera, contemporary dance, comedy…the list is long!
They put on some stellar events aimed at young people such as an annual hip-hop festival and Fresh Fridays, which are free pop-up performances.
A more intimate theatre, right in the centre of the city. It stages plenty of drama that’s suitable for teens and might inspire them to greatness in their drama exams…
WHERE TO STAY IN BIRMINGHAM WITH TEENS?
We have the perfect teen-friendly accommodation in Birmingham.
Our two-bedroom Maxi serviced apartments give you 760 square feet of space to spread out in. This includes a large lounge/kitchen/diner and en-suite bathrooms. Or why not book a penthouse with a large wraparound balcony and an amazing 1,100 feet of indoor and outdoor space?
Enjoy an unbeatable city-centre location; fast, reliable free Wi-Fi during the whole stay; loads of plugs to recharge tech; a Poggenpohl kitchen to help you satisfy the endless hunger of teens. We also provide board games in every apartment if you’d like some old-fashioned quality time. Make Birmingham with teens a positive pleasure by booking in with us.