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Unusual date ideas in Birmingham

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A shot of the fountain in Victoria Square, Birmingham

Dating in Birmingham certainly has its quirkier moments. Aside from bustling markets, the jewellery quarter, and tons of bars and restaurants, there are also some exciting alternatives to the usual dating spots. Whether it’s astronomy or adrenalin sports you’re into, here are some alternative dates to liven up your love life.


Grand Prix Karting, Wheels Adderley Road South, Birmingham B8 1AD

For dating with an adrenalin rush, why not try some go-karting with the object of your affections. Birmingham Wheels is amongst the most famous race tracks in the UK, and a karting session here may well be one of the more adventurous Birmingham dating locations. Safety gear and post-session analysis are included when you book a session in advance.


Thinktank, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

If science and technology excite you or your date, a trip to Thinktank should be top of your list. Gaze at the stars in the digital planetarium, or watch one of the 35 digital shows projected onto the planetarium’s dome. Thinktank also has it’s own IMAX theatre with a powerful 3D projector, where you can watch films on an impressive four storey high screen.


Shakespeare Express, Birmingham Snow Hill Station, 7 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ

For a trip to the birthplace of Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Express is a great way to travel to Stratford from Birmingham. This is a great chance to get to know the person you’re dating in an unusual setting. On this vintage steam train you’ll be served an afternoon meal while you take in the scenery along the way. Looking out of the window you’ll see waterways, villages, and farms as well as the relics of Birmingham’s industrial past. Service runs every Sunday all through the summer until September.


Tolkien trail, various sites across Birmingham

If either you or your date are fans of the lord of the Rings trilogy, or avid readers of Tolkien novels, there are a number of sites around Birmingham where JRR Tolkien spent his youth. The title of The Two Towers, for example, is thought by historians to have been inspired by Perott’s Folly, a local hunting lodge with a 96 foot high tower, and the Waterworks Chimney in Edgbaston. For more information about Birmingham’s Tolkien trail, see Birmingham city council’s website.


The Custard Factory Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Contrary to what the name suggests, the Custard Factory is in fact Birmingham’s new arts and media quarter and no longer the site where Britain’s favourite dessert is made. Built 100 years ago by the inventor of custard, Sir Alfred Bird, this collection of riverside buildings is now home to a community of artists who work amongst its green spaces, fountains and sculpture. Cafes, antique shops, galleries and studios are housed in the complex, with something for every visitor to enjoy. Possible dates here include seeing some theatre, sampling some tasty treats or taking a leisurely wander through an art exhibition.

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