Comfort Inn Birmingham
Birmingham, EN B5 4DY
Phone: (44) 121 6431134
Fax: (44) 121 6433209
The National Sea Life Centre is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. One of the most thrilling things about this aquarium is its 360-degree transparent tunnel, which lets you stand in the middle of the ocean while sharks and other aquatic life forms swim around you. There are 55 displays in total, including the "Kingdom of the Seahorse" and "Claws," featuring the giant Japanese spider crab amongst other fearsome crustaceans.
Community Hall is at the National Indoor Arena in the city center, and offers various recreational activities including aerobics, circuit training, martial arts, badminton and football. There is a fitness suite with weight training facilities and there are also sun beds and saunas. The facilities here are first class, as one might expect from the National Indoor Arena, but major events at the NIA may from time to time prevent the public from using Community Hall so do telephone to check opening times.
If you are a keen angler then you are in good company, as it is said to be the largest participation sport in Britain. With a number of reservoirs, rivers and canals in the Birmingham area, it comes as no surprise to learn that it is a very popular pastime in Britain's second city too. The Birmingham Anglers' Association looks after the interests of local anglers, advising on matters that affect those who love fishing and encouraging responsible participation in this sport.
This is the ideal park for the entire family, offering a variety of facilities including boating lakes, playgrounds, tennis courts, tropical greenhouses and nature conservation areas. It is also the home of the Midland Arts Centre. A walking/bicycling route winds through the grounds that has recently been extended. The park also plays host to a variety of concerts, performances and the annual Fireworks Fantasia. Admission to the park is free.
This once decrepit corporation yard has been converted in to a learning center housed in an ecologically sensitive building that is surrounded by landscaped grounds. Since its inception in 1993, the Centre of the Earth has been dedicated to providing the community with various programs aimed at encouraging awareness about wildlife conservation, sustainable development, urban wildlife, and other environmental issues. The center also provides training to teachers to enable them to use various creative learning activities in and around their schools. The space is available to be rented out as a resource to local community groups and environmental organizations. The grounds, as well, feature various wildlife habitats and environmental sculptures that can be used for educational purposes.
The center has over 134 species of mainly British and European wildlife. It can be found at the back of Cannon Hill Park, opposite Pebble Mill and close to Edgbaston Cricket Ground. It's a loving home to otters, foxes, owls and fallow deer, and has a section for the under fives with rabbits, guinea pigs and a duck pond. There is also a visitor center and a cafe. The center is an ideal place for young children to learn about wildlife and the importance of conservation.
The University of Birmingham is one of the top sporting universities in the country and has an excellent sports center with first class facilities. While it was obviously designed for the use of students, anyone can apply to become a member and enjoy everything the center has to offer. It offers a great deal with tennis courts, acres of outdoor grass pitches, squash courts, gym facilities, three sports halls, a swimming pool and much more besides. There is also a well-equipped sports shop.
Moseley Bog is maintained as a local nature reserve and forms a part of the Shire Country Park. Historically the bog was once the site of a secondary reservoir which, although drained, has led to the development of wet woodlands and fens. These rare habitats support a plethora of specialized species of plant and wildlife. The sound of Coldbath brook flowing through the bog serves as a soothing background score accompanied by birdsong. The Coldbath pond serves as the origin of the brook and is teaming with amphibians. The reserve is also home to the burnt mounds which have provided evidence of human activity in the area during the Bronze Age. So beautiful is the bog that it has even served as an inspiration to the renown author J. R. R. Tolkein, who fashioned the forests of his Middle-earth upon Moseley Bog.
Not to be confused with the Harborne Golf Club nearby, this is a council-run course open to everyone, although it only has nine holes. The plus side of this is that it's cheaper to play here than at the council's 18-hole courses. Lack of size doesn't imply lack of facilities, as there is a fully-stocked shop, hire equipment is available and there is a teaching academy here. There's also a cafe serving excellent breakfasts.
Shire Country Park in south Birmingham stretches across the impressively varied landscape from Yardley Wood up to Small Heath along the River Cole. the park contains within its boundaries opportunities to explore various habitats including wetlands, grasslands and wooded areas. Depending which area of this vast park you choose to explore you could be treated to sightings of bats, swans, kingfishers, butterflies and foxes. While visiting the entire area of the park in a single day is not possible, the park is made up of a number of local nature reserves which make for great day trips. Apart from the undeniable natural heritage, visitors can also visit a number of sites of historical interest within the park, including the renown author J. R. R. Tolkein's childhood haunts.
Cadbury World offers plenty for both kids and chocolate-loving adults alike. There are rides, a factory tour, chocolate-making demonstrations and lots of the popular chocolates for sale at discount prices in the factory shop. You can also learn about the history of both chocolate and the Cadbury family through a series of colorful exhibitions and interactive displays. One word of warning, however: the Cadbury tour is very popular and visits should be booked in advance. Please check website or call +44 844 880 7667 before the visit.
Alexander Stadium was built in 1978 and the track surface has been upgraded twice since then. It is the principal athletics ground in Birmingham and the televised AAA Championships take place here in July, as well as the BUPA British Championships. If you want to see a home-grown racing team perform, come and watch the Birchfield Harriers who use the stadium for competitions during the summer. You may see such famous names as Katherine Merry and Daniel Caines, both of whom run for the club. On weekends the stadium is used for casual use and training.