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Birmingham's Heritage and Attractions

 Thinktank is Birmingham?s unique and award-winning museum of science and discovery housed at Millennium Point in the heart of the city.


Millennium Point, Curzon Street. This exciting science centre offers ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and fantastic futuristic facts. Visitors can explore everything from aircraft and steam engines to intestines and taste buds - and even emotional robots! Thinktank encourages you to explore freely, get interactive with the exhibits and add your own experiences to the wealth of information and interest on display. 

Spitfire close upBecause of its original way of looking at the past, the present and the future, it?s like nothing you've ever seen before. Here, science and history come alive in amazing ways - it will stimulate your mind whatever your age.
With themed events, prestigious exhibitions, talks and tours there really is something at Thinktank for everyone.

Foyer Thinktank is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm (with last entry at 4)
Prices: Family (2+2) ?18 Family (1+1) ?9 Adult ?6.95 Child ?4.95 Concessions ?5.50. Schools and Groups prices also available.

For more information call 0121 202 2222 or visit



Curzon Street Station

Originally the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway and built by Philip Hardwick in 1838, who designed the original Euston Station too. By 1854 trains were using New Street instead and Curzon Street became a goods station.

Many times threatened with demolition, it has survived as one of the City's most important buildings, in the centre of an area of great industrial heritage.

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Inside the Transport Museum

Aston Manor Transport Museum

Restored buses, coaches, commercial vehicles and tramcar bodies, mainly with local connections. Small exhibits, working model layouts and video presentation, all housed in a 19th century restored tram depot. There is also a small shop with transport memorabilia

The Shakespeare Express

4965 "Rood Ashton Hall" GWR 4900 Hall Class 4-6-0 built Swindon 1929. passing through Hall Green station on 26th June 2000.
The Birmingham Railway Museum Trust is a registered educational charity established to preserve and demonstrate the steam locomotives in the Tyseley collection at Tyseley Locomotive Works - and where better than on the main line?
The Tyseley collection of locomotives comprises three GWR Castle class engines, an LMS Jubilee, GWR Hall, and three GWR pannier tanks


The Shakespear Express. Burton Agnes Hall passing through Hall Green station.


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The Guillotine Lock
Lifford Lane
Kings Norton

On the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

A Guillotine lock is where the gates rise vertically and rarely found on canals

Sentinal the Spitfire Sculpture
Artist Tim Tolkien
Set a short distance from the M6 on the Chester Road island at the intersection of the Jaguar Cars plant and Castle Vale area, the imposing, large steel sculpture depicts three Spitfires peeling off in different directions. The sculpture took three years to develop, inspired by local people and transformed from art concept to a major feat of engineering (click here to view plaque)
(photo Colin Hickman 26-November-2000)

>visit the Spitfire website
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