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Les Routiers recommends quality establishments in the UK and Ireland



Birmingham is Britain’s second largest city and has a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy.  We have listed some of these below.

For a truly astonishing day out visit THINKTANK PLANETARIUM

With ten themed galleries to tour, this modern museum will inspire and immerse you in science. Putting you at the centre of the action, interact with many of the exhibits, such as how steam engines are powered and discover exactly what happens to the food you eat every day. Sit back in the state of the art digital planetarium for a 360 degree view into astrology.  

If you fancy a boat trip why not book your place on SECOND CITY BOATS

Did you know that Birmingham lies at the heart of several canals and during its peak in the 1700s over 100 boats would pass through the centre of Birmingham.  These days a canal cruise offers a unique way to explore the city, whether you are looking to learn about the city’s interesting heritage or simply unwind and relax with friends and family.  This service offers well-priced packages to suit all budget.


A unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens.   stock-photo-botanical-garden-detail-in-nantes-france-205019938

Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques  over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander  along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English  Edwardian home.and most beautiful birds in the world. Learn about these fascinating creatures and enjoy the many display shows that are put on at the centre  seven days a week.

Handle a real bird of prey at THE FALCONRY CENTRE in Birmingham.  From Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Eagles – you will come face to face with some of the  most beautiful birds in the world. Learn about these fascinating creatures and enjoy the many display shows that are put on at the centre seven days a week.



If you are seeking quality service and value for money and you like Italian cuisine you must visit our 2 Gold Les Routiers restaurants


This restaurant offers a very modern yet authentic approach to fine Italian cuisine, using the freshest produce and ingredients available – many of which are imported direct from Italy.

The extensive menu has over 140 carefully selected dishes creating an explosion of culinary tastes whilst maintaining the highest standards of quality throughout. The atmosphere is electric and the surroundings luxurious, it’s no wonder that San Carlo Birmingham is the first choice for the regions high profile movers and shakers.



 Les Routiers Award Winner – Restaurant of the Year 2015 

Situated perfectly between Birmingham’s business district and New Street Station the restaurant buzzes with activity day and night.

The extensive, varied menu, designed by the team of expert chefs, Italian management and directors are perfect for sharing with friends over a cocktail or two; small  plates of Venetian tapas or ‘cicchetti’ (pronounced chi-KET-tee) are served in a beautifully contemporary setting.

Newly launched Spring Summer Menu click here to view menu  Fumo-Spring Summer-Menu-2015



The most famous outdoor go kart raceway in the UK.  This superb motor centre stands unchallenged as the best go kart race track in the Midlands boasting state of the art race karts manufactured by CIK-FIA World Championship winning race constructor Sodi.  Adrenalin junkies will be satisfied at Grand Prix Karting. Screech around the tight turns and put pedal to the metal to cross over the finish line in first place. Choose between 4 action packed circuits suitable for adults and children, then jump behind the wheel of a state of the art racing kart. All equipment is provided by Grand Prix Karting, and a safety brief is included before you take on your friends and family on the track.

With two exciting 18-hole golf courses to choose from navigate around palm trees, volcanoes and waterfalls at ADVENTURE ISLAND MINI GOLF –

Great fun for both sport enthusiasts and those who have never played golf before!  Suitable for both adults and children, the golf courses provide unique challenges, housed indoors so there is no risk of being rained on! Afterwards enjoy refreshments and delicious snacks at the Tiki Bar.

Calling all chocoholics! CADBURY WORLD is a family attraction which celebrates the production and the history of chocolate. There are 14 different zones to explore which include activities for children and inquisitive adults; you will even get the opportunity to create your own chocolate concoction.  Why not take a trip around the village of Bourneville after your visit, a picturesque model village that was created solely for Cadbury employees.

RUSKIN GLASS CENTRE once being the home of Royal Doulton, preserves the glassmaking trade and educates visitors of this specialised craft. Visitors get to watch the glass making process, from inception to the final product. Many of the beautiful glass creations are available to buy in the shop, celebrating Birmingham’s glass making heritage and keeping it alive.


You can’t go to Birmingham without visiting the Shopping Centres.

There’s The Mailbox, packed with designer labels; Pavilions, for a bargain or two; the cosmopolitan Martineau Place and the upcoming Grand Central with quality high street brands. Not forgetting the fabulous House of Fraser and iconic Selfridges.

Wether you’re looking to explore one of the many art galleries, unwind with a leisurely canal cruise or take part in adrenalin pumping action, Birmingham is the perfect destination for a short break.

May 22, 2015 | Les Routiers UK

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