11 Best Day Trips From Birmingham 

Looking for where to go for day trips from Birmingham? This guide will show you some of the best day trips from Birmingham to keep you busy. Most of these places are located within an hour or two of the city; some are closer to three hours away but are worth a visit if you leave Birmingham early in the morning and return late at night. All of these places are suitable for a one-day trip from Birmingham.

Birmingham, England’s second big city, is fast becoming a more popular place for people to visit and move to, brimming with restoration and new projects. The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games put the city back on the map. Dazzling shopping centres, along with new cool cocktail bars and creative hubs, have popped up. Its beautiful Victorian architecture has received a touch-up, and the metro (tram) is constantly being extended to join up areas of the city and bring the different parts of the West Midlands together.

Yet, despite Birmingham’s excitement and rebirth, you might want to get out of the city sometimes. So, where should you go for the best day trips from Birmingham? From heritage sites to the seaside, to other popular cities, there are many day trips from Birmingham to keep you busy. Look below to see where you can go by coach, train and car for day trips from Birmingham.

Coach day trips from Birmingham

1. London

Why not take a day trip to London from Birmingham? While the coach from Birmingham Coach Station to London Victoria can take around 3 hours 30 minutes, if you leave about 6-7am, you can be in London by 10am and then get a 7pm coach back in the evening, allowing yourself a 9-hour day trip to London from Birmingham for as little as £14 a return! Coach trips from Birmingham to London are the cheapest and simplest way to travel.

London is one of the best coach day trips from Birmingham. It is a chance to explore the capital city without breaking the bank to stay a weekend and pay for a hotel. You could plan a jam-packed itinerary to visit some of the top tourist spots, such as Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, The Shard, or the Tower of London, or simply take the day to walk around the city and explore at your own leisure. 

2. Weston-Super-Mare

Looking for a day trip from Birmingham to the seaside? Look no further. You can get a coach trip from Birmingham to Weston-Super-Mare in under three hours on the National Express for as little as £16 return. When you arrive at Weston-Super-Mare, you’ll probably have at least six hours to spend at the seaside. Walk along the seafront, chill on the beach, go on the pier and amusements for games, and finish the day off with chips and hot sugared doughnuts on the beach.

3. Bristol

Bristol is a thriving city on the rise and worth a visit for one of the best coach day trips from Birmingham. This coach day trip only takes two hours. And costing sometimes less than £10 for a return, Bristol is a cheap and convenient place to travel to for a day trip from Birmingham; the coach station in Bristol is also minutes away from the city centre of Bristol.

Take a walk around the city centre, treat yourself to one of the many shops in Cabot Circus shopping centre, walk along the Harbourside area, take a Banksy tour, or go to the M-Shed Museum. Bristol is bustling with pretty parks, river walks, shops, and places to eat and drink – you’re bound to enjoy a chilled day in Bristol. You can check out our safety guide and top recommendations on free things to do here.

Day trips from Birmingham by car

4. Malvern Hills

Only an hour from Birmingham, Malvern is a wonderful day trip from Birmingham by car. Malvern Hills is the place to go if you are looking for some picturesque countryside views and gentle hiking. From the tip of the Malvern Hills at an elevation of 425 metres, you can admire the panoramic views of the Severn Valley, the town of Great Malvern, and nearby countryside areas of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire.

Many trails take you through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of which is a 30-mile Worcestershire Way that follows the Malvern Ridge from Great Malvern to Bewdley – there are a range of trails for all hikers, whether you want a short or long hike on your day trip from Birmingham.

If you want a break from hiking on your day out, venture into Great Malvern to check out the impressive spa architecture and go to one of the many cute cafes for lunch. While it only takes an hour to drive from Birmingham to the Malvern Hills via the M5, it is also only an hour from Birmingham New Street to Great Malvern on the train.

5. Alton Towers

A fun day trip for families is going from Birmingham to Alton Towers. It is the largest theme park in the UK and home to over 40 rides, many of which are thrilling rollercoasters. Alton Towers also boasts an indoor and outdoor water park with a luxury spa and hotel complex. Go at The Smiler, the first 14-loop rollercoaster on the planet, or ride on the rollercoasters like Oblivion and Nemesis.

You can get from Birmingham to Alton Towers in under 90 minutes via the A38 or M6, and parking charges start from £6 for the day. Just be aware the theme park is only open from March through November. Alton Towers is definitely a top choice for one of the best day trips from Birmingham for families.

6. Peak District

One of the best day trips from Birmingham by car is definitely a day out in the Peak District. Located 90 minutes from Birmingham, this is the perfect opportunity to bask in this cultural delight and take a long hike. Ashford-in-the-water and Edensor are beautiful villages that are said to capture the British country vibe. Castleton is the best base for a hike or cycle. The Peak District isn’t too far from Birmingham and is an excellent place for hikers and cyclists to visit if you want a challenge and to explore somewhere out of Birmingham.

7. Blackpool

If you’re looking for another day trip from Birmingham to the seaside, a popular choice is going from Birmingham to Blackpool. While it takes at least 2 hours and 15 minutes via the M6, leaving early, you can still make the most of a whole day in the seaside resort. Known for the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an old-school amusement park with vintage wooden roller coasters, there is plenty to do here to have fun. Play in the amusements, go on rides, go to Sealife, go up Blackpool Tower or simply enjoy the day on the beach.

Blackpool is also home to the annual Blackpool Illuminations, a spectacle everyone should witness at least once – it may be worth going for a day from Birmingham to Blackpool for the illuminations this autumn. There’s loads to do.

Day trips from Birmingham by train 

8. Stratford-upon-Avon 

Take a day trip from Birmingham to the historical town that is the birthplace of Shakespeare – Stratford-upon-Avon. You can get a direct 47-minute West Midlands Train from Birmingham Moor to Stratford-upon-Avon, making it a quick and easy location to travel to, and it is one of the best day trips from Birmingham by train you can take. It is a classic day out in the Midlands; over 800 years of history can be seen in the Tudor houses, cobbled streets and dated pubs. The quaint streets and expansive park by the river are a must-see; walking along the park and river is a peaceful way to spend part of your day in the town.

The bustling, compact town centre boasts many independent shops, gift shops, and you’ll find Shakespeare’s birthplace and schoolroom nestled down there too – it’ll cost £25 to go in the actual building, however. If you have time, it’s also worth seeing a Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre.

9. Cheltenham

One of my favourite day trips from Birmingham is getting the train to Cheltenham, which is only 40 minutes from Birmingham New Street to Cheltenham Spa on the CrossCountry train for around £20.

Cheltenham is a pretty town in Gloucestershire, most famously home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, which is four days of horse jump racing held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. Cheltenham was, in the past, a spa town that boasts beautiful architecture and many green spaces, such as the Imperial Gardens and Montpellier Gardens. You will also find many shops and places to eat and drink for lunch while walking around the town. For a fun and simple day trip out of Birmingham, Cheltenham is one of the best options close to Birmingham.

10. Nottingham 

A day trip to another city is always a fun idea. Nottingham is just a short distance from Birmingham; you can get a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Nottingham in an hour and fifteen minutes.

Why not check out Nottingham Castle, which has had a multi-million-pound renovation? It is a Stuart Restoration-era ducal mansion, an important royal fortress and occasional royal residence. It is thriving in history for you to explore. There is also the Robin Hood walking tour and the many independent shops, cafes, and bars in Hockley and the Lace Market area of the city. Nottingham is also home to the oldest pub in England – The Olde Trip to Jerusalem, built into the cliffs below the castle.

You can check out our safety guide on Nottingham here and our guide on the best things to do.

11. Oxford

One of the best day trips from Birmingham by train is to the prestigious, famous city of Oxford. Only an hour and ten minutes from Birmingham, you can easily travel to Oxford in a day. Oxford can be an expensive city, but the city also has plenty of three things to do.

The city centre is beautiful with its historical architecture and world-famous University Buildings, which are also worth exploring, such as the Bodleian Library. Walk through Christ Church Meadow and see the River Thames. Oxford Botanic Garden is also worth visiting before you can explore the University Buildings and go to the University Park, a vast green space for a walk or sunbathing on a hot day. If museums are your thing, the Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum are free.

Conclusion

Working out where to go on a day trip from Birmingham can sometimes be a struggle. Still, this guide shows how many places there are in the UK that are easy and cheap to travel to from Birmingham in a day. You don’t have to spend lots of money on hotels to stay overnight in other UK towns and cities; by travelling in a day you cut costs, and sometimes it can be more exciting to cram all your sightseeing into a single day.

These are just some of the best day trips from Birmingham. You can visit plenty of other locations not too far from Birmingham, but with a little more research, you’ll find the perfect day trip for you.

 

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