16 Fun Things to do in Birmingham for Adults
Birmingham is Britain's second city, the economic powerhouse of the West Midlands with an area of more than 100 square miles and it's home to more than a million people.
So it's no surprise that there are lots of fun activities for grown-ups to do in Birmingham. Here's our pick of the best:
1. Take on the Challenge of The Bear Grylls Adventure
You can choose from archery, axe throwing, climbing, shooting, high ropes, escape rooms and even cage snorkel and shark dive experiences.
Every activity ticket includes unlimited access to the assault course which was inspired by the Royal Marines. Challenge your friends and see who can overcome the scramble nets, traverse beams, monkey bars and other obstacles in the fastest time.
2. Show off Your Pinball Skills at Tilt
Tilt has a total of 19 pinball machines over its three floors, so there are lots to choose from. They all cost £1 per game or £2 for three games.
Tables include classics from the 1990s such as Black Rose and Twighlight Zone, as well as the latest machines like Rush Pro from 2022 and The Mandalorian Limited Edition from 2021
There's also an excellent selection of craft beers on draught and in cans to take away.
Tilt doesn't supply food - but they're happy for customers to bring their own, and there are lots of great takeaway options nearby.
3. Try Your Hand at Climbing at the Redpoint Climbing Centre
The staff are all climbing enthusiasts, keen to share their love of the sport, so beginners are always welcome.
The session covers roped climbing and bouldering and is supervised by an instructor. Equipment hire is included.
There's also a cafe for snacks and drinks.
4. See how Beer is Made at the Two Towers Brewery Tour
Mark, the head brewer and founder of Two Towers Brewery will be your expert guide.
You'll learn all about the brewing process, and your tour includes four half-pint tokens so you can sample the ales for yourself.
Brewery tours start and finish in the brewery tap, The Gunmakers Arms.
Alternatively, serious beer enthusiasts can book a Brew Day Experience and spend a day in the brewery getting involved in all aspects of the brewing operation from mash through to fermenter.
5. Take in a Film at the Electric Cinema
The Electric opened in December 1909 and it's believed to be the UK's oldest working cinema.
Don't be fooled by the lovely art deco facade, the two screens have the latest Sony 4k projectors, so the films will always look great.
6. Find Hidden Treasure with Treasure Hunt Birmingham
Use your phone to play by following the treasure maps and solving cryptic clues, and along the way you'll see the best bits of Birmingham.
As you play, you'll see Birmingham Town Hall, Centenary Square, The Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Canal, The Jewellery Quarter, St Paul's Church and lots more, and you'll spot details that most people miss.
The game is self-paced, so if you're enjoying a particular area, you're free to spend longer - or why not pop into a pub for some lunch or a couple of beers along the way?
7. Enjoy Bowling and Drinks at Lane 7
With beautiful walnut bowling lanes, beer pong, shuffleboard and a retro arcade with your favourite classic games, you're sure to have a great time.
8. Enter New Worlds at Matrix Virtual Reality
Matrix Virtual Reality use top-spec computers and VR equipment to make your VR experience something you'll never forget.
You can play some of the best single-player VR games or, better still, enjoy an immersive multi-player VR experience with your friends.
If you're hooked then Matrix Virtual Reality even has a shop where you can buy all the equipment needed to re-create your virtual reality experience at home.
9. Be Afraid with the Ghosts of Birmingham Night Walk
Follow the step-by-step instructions as you explore, and discover some of Birmingham's frightful places with their history of bloody murders, restless spirits and terrifying ghouls.
10. Discover Whisky with a Whisky Tasting Experience at Grain & Glass
The bar, lounge and tasting room boast a library of more than 300 whiskies, served by staff who are knowledgable and passionate about whisky.
Cocktails and other drinks are also available for those in your group who would prefer something other than whisky.
There are tasting events scheduled throughout the year - for example, a Rum & Chocolate Tasting, Cotswold Distillery Tasting and a Tasting of Japanese Whisky.
There's also a tasting that focuses on casks and explains how they are an important influence on the taste.
Grain & Glass is a great night out for whisky enthusiasts and beginners alike.
11. See Hundreds of Bikes at The National Motorcycle Museum
With more than 1,000 motorcycles on display, it's now the largest motorcycle museum in the world and tells the story of motorcycle manufacturing in this country.
12. Shoot Your Mates at Delta Force Paintball
All equipment is provided, so you'll have a combat suit, body armour, fog-free goggles, and the very latest semi-automatic paintball gun. Then it's time to head out and start shooting.
There are several different and exciting worlds to choose from, so you could be taking over a foreign embassy, or chasing zombies around a graveyard.
Whether it's a stag do, hen do, birthday party or just a brilliant afternoon out with your mates, Delta Force Paintball will provide the adrenaline-fuelled action.
14. Learn About the City with Positively Birmingham Walking Tours
Three tours are available:
* Canals and Victorians to Today’s City
* Discovering Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter
* Birmingham's Artsy Bits.
* Birmingham Central Squares
* Birmingham Centenary Square and Canals.
Whichever you choose, a walking tour with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide is a great way to get to know the city.
Positively Birmingham use audio receivers on many tours to make sure the guide can be heard clearly.
15. Uphold the law at West Midlands Police Museum
Situated in a Victorian lock-up that was a working police cell block until 2016, The West Midlands Police Museum lets you find out about the police men and women who worked at the lock-up as well as those on the wrong side of the bars.
Along the way you'll discover the stories of some of Birmingham‘s worst criminals including the fascinating story of the real Peaky Blinders.
Find out more about the role of women in policing, the mounted police units, police dogs and undercover work.
The museum also hosts evening talks and theatrical performances on subjects like Jack the Ripper and Raffles the Gentleman Thief.
16. Can you Get Out of Escape Hunt Birmingham?
In the heart of Birmingham city centre, Escape Hunt Birmingham offers a choice of brilliant escape room games that will test even the brainiest teams.
Choose from four brilliant original games: Blackbeard's Treasure, Our Finest Hour, The Fourth Samurai or Worlds Collide.
You have 60 minutes to solve the clues and puzzles and escape from the room. If you would like to celebrate success with your team, there's a lounge and in-house bar.
In addition to the real escape rooms, Escape Hunt Birmingham offer a virtual reality version, an outdoor version and even some play-at-home games - see the website for details.
We hope you've enjoyed our selection of some of the fun things to do in Birmingham for adults, and whatever activities you choose, be sure to have a fantastic time!