Birmingham is one of the UK's most vibrant and diverse cities, being made up of a wide range of cultural, faith and other communities. The city attracts a vast number of visitors to various attractions, shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities. It’s one of the UK’s top shopping destinations with luxury brands, independent boutiques, and the world-famous Jewellery Quarter. Indulge in all things chocolate at Cadbury World, a real-life chocolate factory telling the story of the history of cocoa and the Cadbury family. For something different, Birmingham and the surrounding beautiful scenery can be explored by canal boat.
But what if you have accessibility needs? How can you be confident that you’ll find places to visit in York that will be accessible to you?
Our list of 5 accessible places to visit in Birmingham is here to help you be prepared, whether you need:
- step-free access
- wheelchair access
- ramps and lifts
- a hearing loop
- audio formats
- Braille or large print
- staff trained in sign language
- details of parking facilities
- information on light and noise levels.
For each place on the list we’ve linked to our Detailed Access Guide, which tells you all about a venue’s access. They are all 100% facts, figures and photographs, collected by trained AccessAble surveyors who check out every single place in person.
Birmingham Back to Backs
On a fascinating guided tour, step back in time at Birmingham's last surviving court of back to backs; houses built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard. Moving from the 1840s through to the 1970s, discover the lives of some of the former residents who crammed into these small houses to live and work. With fires alight in the grates, and sounds and smells from the past, experience an evocative and intimate insight into life at the Back to Backs. Once your tour is done, why not take a reminder of your visit home from the gift shop or take a sweet walk down memory lane in the 1930s sweet shop.
Key accessible facilities include accessible toilets, hearing loops and documents available in Braille and large print.
Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity. The Hurst Street based venue averages over 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. It is home to Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange, presents all of Welsh National Opera's repertoire, welcomes the best in international dance, West End and Broadway musicals and is home to the world's biggest Pantomime. Visit for the best musicals, opera, ballet, dance, comedy and pantomime.
Key accessible facilities include level access and automatic doors, Blue Badge parking and seats for those who need them.
Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed day out at Cadbury World. From learning how your favourite confectionery is made and uncovering the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate, to playing in chocolate rain and adding your favourite treat to a delicious pot of warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk.
Key accessible facilities include hearing loops, seats for those who need them and accessible toilets.
CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) Centre
Built in 1998 to complement the performance facilities at Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, its sister organisation Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Ex Cathedra. Located in Birmingham city centre, the building is easily accessible from both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill stations as well as all major road networks. A world-class orchestra at home in Birmingham.
Key accessible facilities include ramped access, lifts for public use and British Sign Language interpreters available on request.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Discover the skill of the jeweller's craft and enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, which traces the 200-year history of the ancient crafting skills that made Birmingham the centre of the British jewellery industry.
Key accessible facilities include nearby on-street Blue Badge parking, facilities for assistance dogs and Braille documents available on request.
For more information about accessible places to visit, stay, eat and drink in Birmingham, click the links below.