The recently renovated Town Hall is a Grade A listed building which dates from 1834 and features neo-classical architecture. Lunchtime organ concerts and other events are regularly presented and public tours with a duration of approximately one hour are available.
Exhibitions, workshops, banquets, wrestling matches and festivals are often held at the Town Hall, which can also be rented for corporate functions, graduation ceremonies and more. The ticket office is open daily from 10h00 to 18h00, except on Sundays when the hours are from 12h00 to 16h00. Hours are extended on concert evenings.
The Bancroft Gardens are located at the river Avon, directly in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Garden is home to Lord Gowers memorial of William Shakespeare but also features a 15-century stone bridge and the Country Artists fountain. The garden is popular with street entertainers and offers the possibility to take a boat trip on the river and the canals.
Birmingham Back to Backs
The Birmingham Back to Backs are managed by the National Trust and are a courtyard of restored 19th century working-class houses. They are the last surviving example of this type of housing in the Birmingham area and have been staged to show four different periods in the history of the buildings - from 1840 through to 1977.
Admission is by timed ticket and visitors must go round the houses with a guided tour. The houses are open from 2nd February to the 23rd of December but the opening hours are restricted during school terms due to visits from school parties in the mornings. It's thus advisable to phone ahead and check the Back to Backs will be open when you visit. Opening hours are generally from 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission prices are £4.90 for adults and £2.70 for children. Family tickets cost £12.25
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife, has spend her childhood in this timber framed cottage and young William came to visit her here during their romance before their marriage. The former farmhouse dates back to the 15th century but some of its building structure suggests that its origins date back much further than this. It is possible to take a tour of the house which is administered by The Shakespeare Trust and you can see the bed in which Anne was born and a wealth of original features. Also open to the public is the traditional cottage garden which has won several awards.
There are a tea room, free parking facilities and gift shop on site. Due to its structure the house offers only limited access for wheelchair users but it is possible to take a virtual reality tour on site.
Summer(Jun-Aug) Mon-Sat:9am-5pm Sunday:9am-5pm
Mid-season(Apr-May & Sept-Oct) Mon-Sat:9.30am-5pm Sunday:10am-5pm
Winter(Nov-March) Mon-Sun :: 10am-4pm
Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham
The Frankfurt Christmas Market takes place annually in Victoria Square, Birmingham. There are over 75 different stalls here - making it the largest authentic christmas market outside of Germany or Austria. Visitors are welcome to sample some German seasonal specialities such as Gluehwein (mulled wine) or Christmas bakery and also have the possibility to try some German beer or Bratwurst (grilled sausage). Market tenders offer a variety of traditional Christmas gifts such as candles, wooden toys, Christmas decoration and much more. The market operates from mid November up until Christmas and it is open from 10am until 8pm daily.
The Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew was founded in 655 AD and is one of the UK's oldest cathedrals. It has had a chequered history - being burned down and rebuilt in the 12th Century. Sections were destroyed during the Civil War and fire again attacked the building in 2001. Despite all of this, the Cathedral stands tall and proud as the most significant building in the city.
The cathedral is situated in calm and tranquil gardens at the heart of the city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and is open every day of the week - from 9 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday; from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and from 7.30 am to 5 pm on Sundays. Visitors who wish to remain for the services are welcome to stay past the closing time.
There is no entrance fee, but donations are (obviously) welcomed.