• 16th Street Baptist Church

Birmingham Holidays

Alabama's largest city is a vibrant hub of heritage and culture.

From the spectacular live music scene, outdoor entertainment and arts to the fantastic shopping, farmers markets and world-class dining there is so much on offer here.

Take a stroll through the historic downtown area and visit some of the city's important Civil Rights sites along such as Kelly Ingram Park, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church

Other popular city attractions include the Birmingham Museum of Art. Birmingham Zoo and the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum where you can find over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars.

Visit Pepper Place on a Saturday for the popular weekly farmers market and stop in at one of Birmingham's chef-owned restaurants for a memorable dining experience.

Pack a picnic and head to Railroad in the heart of downtown and listen to live music as you watch the world go by. Or head up to Vulcan Park and Museum to see the largest cast iron statue in the world. Standing 56 foot high atop Red Mountain, the Vulcan observation balcony also offers one of the best panoramic views of the city, ideal for capturing a few photos of your trip.

If you are looking for a great night out, then Birmingham has plenty of lively entertainment districts to keep you occupied. Head uptown to find a mix of bars, coffee shops, or for something a little different a night out at Gip’s Place in nearby Bessemer is one of the last juke joints in the USA where you can experience live Blues and a friendly welcome.

Birmingham also offers visitors some fantastic shopping opportunities, from the quirky shops along 3rd Avenue North to the Villages of Mountain Brook where you can find boutique stores, artisan bakeries and art galleries.

Why not combine a stay in Birmingham with Montgomery and Mobile to get a real flavour of sweet home Alabama. 

Destination Highlights
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
  • Red Mountain Park
  • Vulcan Park and Museum

Time Zone

GMT -6 hours

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

British Passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit Birmingham. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to Birmingham. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It’s important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

You’ll be spoiled for choice of things to do in Birmingham. Alabama’s largest city is brimming with attractions to suite all interests. Spend some time exploring the great outdoors, with more green spaces than any other urban area in the country, you find a host of activities in the Birmingham area. Discover the hiking and biking trails at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s the largest in the state. Enjoy the view as wiz past on the canopy zip line course at Ref Mountain Park. Kayak or canoe along the Cahaba River or fish for Bass along the Alabama Bass Tail. If you have worked up an appetite after all that activity you are in for a treat. Birmingham’s thriving food scene offers some truly amazing local independent restaurants. Whether you are looking for upscale dining or down home dishes you’ll not be short of options. Be sure to try the fantastic street eats available at the city’s many food trucks too. You’ll be glad you did. Explore the city’s rich heritage and learn more about America’s turbulent past at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park. Other fantastic attractions such as the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, American Village and Alabama Wine Trail.

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    One of Birmingham's most popular attractions the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute provides insight into a slice of life in Alabama from the late 1800's to present. The richly detailed exhibits and a series of galleries tell the stories of daily life for African-Americans in the state and nation and how dramatically different this was from the lives the white populace of that era took for granted. Including the impactful Movement Gallery which portrays the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1963.

  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

    Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

    The impressive collection at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is now home to over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars. The museum also includes the largest collection of Lotus cars in the USA. Adjacent to the museum you will find Barber Motorsports Park, this world-class racetrack is home to the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

  • 16th Street Baptist Church

    16th Street Baptist Church

    This National Historic Landmark is one of Birmingham’s most famous Civil Rights landmarks. In September of 1963 four, 11 - 14 year old, African-American schoolgirls were in the basement of the church just prior to the worship service when a bomb set by the Ku Klux Klansmen destroyed that part of the church, killing Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. The bombing was a turning point in the status of race relations both locally and nationally. Still an active church, the 16th Street Baptist church is a reminder of man’s inhumanity and capacity for love and forgiveness.

Types of Birmingham holidays

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

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