The long-awaited new Midland Metro route through Birmingham city centre is to open on Bank Holiday Monday.
It will extend the route from Snow Hill through to Bull Street, Corporation Street and on to Stephenson Street, by New Street Station.
So, we thought it would be fun to take a look at all the lovely places to you can visit on the tram from its brand new starting point through to Wolverhampton, taking in the Jewellery Quarter, Soho, West Bromwich and Dudley along the way.
From here, it only takes a few minutes to walk over to Thinktank, the city’s award-winning science museum complete with a spitfire gallery, steam engines, talking robots and a planetarium. Admission fees apply.
The outdoor Science Garden boasts more than 30 activities for kids to try and, even better, is free to enter after 3pm.
This is a great starting point for a day’s shopping at Bulling, The Mailbox and Grand Central.
You could browse for designer gear at Selfridges, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols or pick up a bargain at Birmingham’s famous rag markets.
Here are our suggestions for quirky places to eat in the city too.
As the largest public library in Europe, the Library of Birmingham is well worth a visit in its own right.
Visit the two outdoor garden terraces, Shakespeare Memorial Room, children’s spaces and panoramic gallery for amazing views of the city.
There’s also a cafe here to pick up lunch, or you could wander into Brindleyplace for a meal by the canal.
Snow Hill Station
A short stroll along Colmore Row brings you to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which is packed with over 40 galleries displaying internationally renowned art and history, including the world’s largest public collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.
There’s lots of interactive activities for families and a chance to take a look at the Staffordshire hoard.
What’s more, entry is free although some exhibitions do have fees.
The Jewellery Quarter is a hive of activity and history.
Visit the Jewellery Quarter Museum and the Pen Museum to discover more about the city’s fabulous history. Or go shopping for a new necklace or ring in one of the many boutiques.
Admission fees apply.
Benson Road, Soho
It takes around 15 minutes to walk from the metro stop at Benson Road to Soho House, just off St Michael’s Road.
Here you can admire the elegant home of industrial pioneer Matthew Boulton, who lived in Soho House from 1766 to 1809. It features an 18th century garden.
Admission fees apply.
West Bromwich Central
Hop off the tram and onto the number 45 bus towards Walsall or number 46 towards Pheasey to get to Dartmouth Park and Sandwell Valley Country Park. It will only take a few minutes to reach your stop at Lloyds Street.
This is a great day out for all the family, with a farm, a splashpad, an adventure playground and a tea room plus lots of wide open spaces to explore and play in. Entrance fees apply for the farm.
Dudley Street / Guns Village
Fancy a day out at Dudley Zoo and Castle? Why not take the tram then jump onto the number 74 bus into Castle Hill.
Here, you’ll find tigers, giraffes, penguins, chimps and many more animals set around an 11th century castle.
Admission fees apply.
Visit the Black Country Living Museum from this stop. Ride on the vintage fairground, eat traditional fish and chips and see where parts of the Peaky Blinders series was filmed. To get here, just walk to Leabrook Road then take the number 311 / 315 bus towards Dudley.
Bilston Craft Gallery is just a five minute walk from the Metro stop at Bilston. Here you can explore 300 years of crafts produced in the Black Country, including famous Bilston enamels. There’s also hands-on activities for kids.
Admission is free.
Pack a picnic and head to Hickman Park, just a short stroll from this stop. It is features an open air theatre, a play area, mini football pitches, a wildflower meadow and an urban sports court.
Watch the Metro tram testing on New Street:
Wolverhampton St Georges
There’s lots to do in Wolverhampton. The art gallery is just a five minute walk away and Light House Media Centre takes around seven minutes to reach on foot. This is an independent cinema housing two screens, three galleries and a café bar.
Or you could walk to Wolverhampton Bus Station, which is very close by, and catch the number 9 bus towards Bridgnorth, alighting at Wightwick Bank to visit Wightwick Manor, a timber-framed National Trust property featuring an Arts and Crafts interior. Admission fees apply.
Banktock House Museum, a museum dedicated to Edwardian life set within 43 acres of parkland, is just a short bus ride away too. Admission is free.
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