We’re spoilt for choice in Great Britain for places to go and things to do and see, from cosmopolitan cities packed with culture and the arts to tranquil, glorious countryside where you can get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors. Birmingham is one such place and offers a range of things to do with the family that are free.A

Museums, galleries and history

There are many museums and galleries in Birmingham, all offering something slightly different. The Dudley Museum & Art Gallery offer free admission and parking, while the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, based at the University of Birmingham, offers free admission to all its galleries and exhibitions. To see 700-year-old ruins, visit Weoley Castle, the ruins of which can be seen from the viewing platform, or if you’d like to see a wide range of exhibitions, workshops and performances spread across 10 floors, consider the Library of Birmingham (though bear in mind that it doesn’t open on Sundays and bank holidays).

There’s also the Ikon Gallery, which showcases a range of arts from sculpture to painting and photography to film, although it doesn’t open on Mondays. Strictly speaking, the Custard Factory is a retail centre but alongside its unique, independent shops there are a host of galleries, a theatre and a couple of TV studios to explore.

Enjoy the outdoors

Why not visit the Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary? Its animals work to provide therapy for children who need additional support, and there’s also a café and gift shop onsite. Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve takes you back in time to the Silurian period and you can look at over 700 different fossils that have been found on the site. Plus, consider taking a walk round the urban Saltwells Local Nature Reserve: a thriving habitat full of birds and woodland flowers.

With so many things to do and see in Birmingham you may decide to stay overnight, or even longer: according to Visit Birmingham there are over 30,000 beds available in the city. If you’re looking for accommodation, Birmingham city centre serviced apartments such as www.8waterloostreet.co.uk/ can make a more flexible alternative to a hotel.

So, if you’re looking a good range of family activities that are free or reasonably priced then Birmingham is definitely worth a visit.