Dating in Birmingham certainly has its quirkier moments. Aside from bustling markets, the jewellery quarter, and tons of bars and restaurants, there are also some exciting alternatives to the usual dating spots. Whether it’s astronomy, adrenalin sports or food you’re into, here are some alternative dates to liven up your love life.

Grand Prix Karting, Wheels Adderley Road South, Birmingham B8 1AD

For dating with an adrenaline rush, why not try some go-karting with your date. Birmingham Wheels is amongst the most famous race tracks in the UK, and a karting session here may well be one of the best places for an adventurous time on your Birmingham date. Safety gear and post-session analysis are included for you and your date when you book a session in advance.

Thinktank, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

If science and technology excite you or your date, a trip to Thinktank should be top of your list. Gaze at the stars in the digital planetarium, or watch one of the 35 digital shows projected onto the planetarium’s dome. Thinktank also has its own IMAX theatre with a powerful 3D projector, where you can watch great films on an impressive four storey high screen. Whether you’re there to watch a romantic comedy or action movie, you’ll find something you like at Thinktank. Just book tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on the best films.

Shakespeare Express, Birmingham Snow Hill Station, 7 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ

For a trip to the birthplace of Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Express is a great way to travel to Stratford from Birmingham. This is a great chance to get to know the person you’re dating in a fun, unusual setting. If you and your date love UK history, you’re bound to have the best time here. On this vintage steam train you’ll be served afternoon food while you enjoy the romantic scenery along the way. Looking out of the window you’ll see waterways, villages, and farms as well as the relics of Birmingham’s industrial past. Service runs every Sunday all through the summer until September.

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, Pershore Rd, Birmingham B5 7RL

If your date loves to get out into nature, why not take them to the city’s best spot for animal fans – the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation park? The park is home to a wide variety of adorable critters from lemurs, to red pandas, to reptiles. It’s also a good place to find fun familiar favourites like goats and other domestic animals. You’ll also find there’s plenty to learn here about animal conservation – a great way to start a conversation and get past those first date butterflies! Looking for food? There’s the park’s The Coffee Lodge & Eatery. Check online for a park animal feeding time that suits you and daily ticket prices.

The Cuban Embassy, 23 Mary’s Row, Moseley, B13 8HW

Birmingham is packed full of cocktail bars and other popular watering holes. Singles looking to get adventurous with their nightlife however might like to try The Cuban Embassy in Moseley. Day or night, this is an excellent bar for those who are looking for a lively ambience. This bar boasts a selection of fun and interesting Cuban-themed beverages, different rums and food options. If you’re both hungry and aren’t night owls drinking at the bar, you might like the bottomless brunch option available on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Custard Factory Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Contrary to what the name suggests, the Custard Factory is in fact Birmingham’s fun new arts and media centre and no longer the place where Britain’s favourite dessert is made. Built 100 years ago by the inventor of custard, Sir Alfred Bird, this collection of riverside buildings is the go-to place for a community of artists in the city who find a home amongst its green spaces, fountains and sculpture. Your date will love the cafes, antique shops, galleries and studios that are housed in the complex, with something for every visitor to enjoy. Possible dates here include seeing some theatre, sampling some tasty food or taking a leisurely wander through a fun art exhibition.

Whether you and your date are looking for a city park stroll, fun food, a great cinema or a quirky historical adventure, this great guide has you covered. Whether you’re both creatures of the night or prefer day trips, impress your date with a memorable time.

Don’t think we have you covered just yet? We have some more hot tips in our Birmingham Dating guide. You can also have a read of our Gay Dating in Birmingham andLesbian Dating in Birmingham ideas for more LGBTQ fun in the Midlands city. On a budget? We get you – here are our top free spots for dating in Birmingham.

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