Half-term fun in the heart of the city!

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The Jewellery Quarter is the perfect place for families to take a trip down memory lane without even leaving Birmingham City Centre. The combination of museums in historic buildings with family-friendly dining makes the Jewellery Quarter a great day out without leaving the city limits!

The Pen Museum hosts a fascinating collection of pen-nibs and related artefacts describing the history of the steel pen trade in Birmingham. There is a host of engaging exhibits including writing with a pen nib or feather – you can even have a go at making your pen nib using the original machinery.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is pulling out all the stops with a Family Fun Day, Thursday 22 February from 1 – 3pm! Take a family-friendly guided tour of the Smith & Pepper jewellery factory followed by a fun craft activity.

The Coffin Works is a time-capsule with its original working machinery and factory stock left on the shelves. Explore the sights and sounds of the factory on a guided tour and experience for yourself how this firm once operated on a day-to-day basis while producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture. Fred the factory cat is the star of the museum’s family trail, with a hidden cat and clues to find.

For something truly unique try Escape Live – can your family solve the clues and escape the locked room in 60 minutes? A fun adventure challenge for the whole family with several themed mysteries to choose from including the “Time Machine” for ages 8 and over – travel through time to solve glitches in the time machine and return safely to the present!

The Jewellery Quarter is well-known its great pubs and restaurants many of whom have dedicated children’s menus including Urban Coffee and The Rose Villa Tavern.


For travel information, or to learn more about the history of the area, see the visiting pages of our website.

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