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Birmingham is a city full of hidden dating gems, from the charm of the Jewellery Quarter to the heady delights of the Hippodrome. Check out our date ideas below to inject some romance into your budding relationship and leave your Brummie dating partner wanting more.
If the words ‘conservation’ and ‘biodiversity’ are likely to excite your date, this location could prove to be a hit. Located two miles outside of the city centre, the Nature Centre features cute and fluffy creatures such as otters, lemurs, and meerkats, as well as the not so fluffy endangered reptiles. If you really want to show your date what a softie you are at heart, you can also sponsor one of the animals.
Near the famous jewellery quarter is St Paul’s Square, an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. With its Georgian architecture and inviting bars and restaurants, the square is an ideal dating location and a great meeting place for a first date in Birmingham. After you’ve had a bite to eat, a visit to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists gallery is a must for lovers of fine art.
Chocolate has long been linked to feelings of well-being by scientists, so surrounding yourselves with chocolate should add something extra special to your date. Willy Wonka doesn’t have a patch on Cadbury World where you can discover the origins of the cocoa bean in the Aztec Jungle before jumping on-board the magical Cadabra ride and watching chocolatiers demonstrate traditional chocolate making skills.
With over 500,000 visitors each year, a visit to the Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the more cultural dating options in the city, and should guarantee you some brownie points with the ladies. Famed for the ‘startling energy’ of their performances, the ballet has a devoted following in Birmingham but has also toured around the USA, Japan and Hong Kong and features ballerinas from all over the world.
Birmingham is famous for its network of canals which present ample opportunities for enjoying the outdoors from cycling to strolling alongside the water. Boating along the canal either in a barge or a hired boat is guaranteed to make an impression, and is ideal for a summer’s day date. For the really adventurous, navigating the waterways in a canoe is an alternative way to see Birmingham that might help break the ice on that all important first date.