Your guide to visiting Birmingham with Teenagers
Enter the chocolaty world of Cadbury
It is rare to find a teenager who doesn’t love chocolate. Step into Cadbury World, although more suited for younger teens, it still guarantees all round family fun. Let your imagination go wild over this smooth, silky treat. The experience will take you on a journey of everything chocolate from where cocoa beans originate and how it’s made, to a replica of John Cadbury’s first shop, opened in 1824. Make sure you visit the world’s largest Cadbury shop and leave time for the 4D cinema adventure. From your motion seat, dive into a bowl of liquid chocolate, ride the Crunchie rollercoaster or fly the Creme Egg airship bringing your chocolate adventure to life.
Tour the stadiums of your favourite football team
For avid football fans, a stadium tour of West Brom or Aston Villa is a must. The Hawthorns is the home of West Bromwich Albion FC, the Baggies. Phone ahead to avoid disappointment as tours are on specific dates. Villa Park tours take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and are more regular in the summertime. These trips offer a behind-the-scenes look into players’ dressing rooms, club memorabilia and the teams’ history.
Letting off some energy with bouldering
Located in West Bromwich, Boulder Central offers a fantastic indoor climbing facility. Whether you want to pass your climbing knowledge onto your kids in the safety of an indoor environment, try something new, or challenge the family, this facility is the largest of its kind in the region. If this is your first visit with teens over 14, the Induction Session is the perfect introduction to the sport. Whatever your level, you will enjoy the challenging nature of this center.
Solve a murder mystery with Treasure trails
Engage active minds with a Treasure Trail for a unique insight into the city. This self-guided tour will take you around Birmingham or the wider West Midlands area at your convenience. All you have to do is select a theme, murder mystery, spy trail or treasure hunt, and the specific trail that suits you. Solving the clues together is the perfect family bonding activity but don’t forget to absorb the wonderful attractions that surround you along the way.
Animals from around the world
For animal lovers, the West Midlands is a mecca of animal parks including Dudley Zoo, a safari park and the National Wildlife Center. Dudley Zoo, set in the gardens of an 11th century castle, is home to many beautiful and rare species. As many as 200 species and 1,800 animals reside here from Sumatran tigers, Colombian spider monkeys, kookaburras and red pandas to snow leopards, orangutans, giraffes and lions. The aim here is simple: fun, education, conservation and awareness. In addition to the zoo, the site is also home to the world’s largest single collection of modernist Tecton buildings and the country’s only vintage chairlift.
At West Midland Safari Park take the family on the Safari Drive-Through. Get up close to the animals as many roam freely. Drive through African Plains, Wild Asia, grasslands and forest. Keep a look out for lions, tigers, cheetahs and elephants.
If you prefer aquatic animals then the Sea Life Centre is a must. Enjoy creature talks, feeding times, an interactive rock pool, underwater tunnels and the Gentoo penguin colony. For fans of Happy Feet, the 4D cinema will bring the ocean to life before your eyes.
A spot of retail therapy
What teenager doesn’t love shopping? Why not find a nearby café and let them go loose on the city’s shopping centers and streets to spend some hard-earned pocket money. The Bullring, an architectural gem, has over 160 shops and is sure to capture the imagination and style tastes of any teenager and has the advantage of all being under one roof. If you would rather experience the atmosphere of the main shopping areas then visit New Street, Corporation Street and the High Street for designer labels, famous brand stores and boutiques.
The wider Birmingham area is full of exciting and entertaining opportunities for families with teenagers. Book the Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham Walsall and make unforgettable family memories to take back home with you.