Looking for somewhere sweet for a lover’s getaway? There are lots of romantic things to do in Birmingham, from drifting down a picturesque canal, watching the sunset from a rooftop bar, or getting inspired by some amorous artwork. Treat you and your special someone to a Michelin-starred meal by award-winning chefs, or even escape to the countryside for a night you’ll never forget.
It might have once been an industrial hub, but modern day Birmingham can definitely turn on the charm.
Table for two
Looking for a restaurant that will really blow your date away? There are five Michelin-starred romantic restaurants in Birmingham: Purnell’s in Cornwall Street, Simpsons in Edgbaston, Adam’s Restaurant on Bennetts Hill, Turners in Harborne, and Carters of Moseley. They’re quite pricey though, so if you want something that’s just as good (but that comes with a smaller bill), you can check out Purnell’s Bistro, just around the corner from celebrity chef Glynn Purnell’s eponymous main restaurant. The food is more pub-style than fine dining, but the quality of the dishes and the service from the friendly staff is as five star as you’d expect.
Feel on top of the world
There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun set from a classy rooftop bar – and that’s just what you’ll get at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Ride the lift up to the 25th floor of the stunning Cube building in the upmarket Mailbox district, then toast to your weekend away with a glass of bubbly as you take in the 360-degree panoramic views. And this stunning location isn't just for dinner – they also do a lovely afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and some of the best cocktails in town.
Go for an old-fashioned picnic
Did you know that Birmingham has over 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parkland, more than any other European city? As soon as the warmer weather hits, Brum becomes a flurry of colour as flowers burst into bloom and the grass becomes lush and green. Spend a day at the Botanical Gardens, play a game of mini-golf in Cannon Hill Park or stop by the Victorian Tea Room to pick up some sweet treats and then find a shady spot in beautiful Kings Heath Park. For a nice day out, go further afield to Lickey Hills Country Park, 10 miles south of the city centre. It’s one of the oldest parks in Birmingham and the lookout from Beacon Hill offers walkers a gorgeous view over the countryside. On a clear day, you can actually see 13 counties spread out below you.
Cuddle up at a show
For a sophisticated night out, book tickets to see the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The company has a regular calendar of traditional, classic, heritage and contemporary ballets throughout the year, so make sure you look online to guarantee your seats. If ballet isn’t your thing, there is also the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra or musical performances at the Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham. If you book far enough in advance, you can often find bargain tickets.
Create something special together
If all has gone well on your romantic weekend away, perhaps you might want to visit the Jewellery Quarter! It’s one of the most romantic places in Birmingham – not only is it incredibly beautiful with its historic architecture and Grade II-listed factories and buildings, but it’s also home to over 100 jewellery designers, specializing in everything from wedding and engagement rings, precious gems, and jewellery repair. You can browse diamond collections, lust over watches from around the world and then pop into your favourite boutiques to meet the designers themselves, and maybe even visit a workshop to make something extra special and sparkly together.