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Address: | Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH, England
Phone Number:
+44 121 446 3232
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the...

Opened in 1962, mac birmingham is a hub of creativity and learning in the Midlands. With four performance auditoria, rehearsal and media studios, a cinema, and a visual art gallery, mac birmingham presents a broad range of contemporary work from both emerging and established artists across genres. mac birmingham is the most visited arts centre in the Midlands and is renowned for its family friendly and inclusive approach. Originally intended for children, the centre now caters for audiences young and old, from the local community and beyond. Re-opened in May 2010 after extensive refurbishment, the arts centre boasts stunning architecture and a high level of accessibility. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park and home to the Bridges Bar Café for meals and snacks, and the stylish Arena Bar for evening drinks, the centre is well worth a visit.

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Afternoon stroll and snack!

We enjoyed seeing the selection of hot and cold food on offer. The cakes are lovely too. Cafe area was clean, staff friendly and service efficient! Kids catered for aswell and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
JMTRedditch
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm a supporter of the Mac but the last visit was a let down. This was a bank holiday and so the place was busy. However there were simply not enough staff to cope with the level of people wanting something to eat or drink. the queue was too long and the majority of free tables were littered with finished... More 

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Thank Pete_Charlotte
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give some feedback. We're sorry to hear your experience at mac wasn't more positive. We do recognise that bank holidays are very busy times and we staff the venue accordingly. Unfortunately, at peak times, the cafe can be especially busy and the queue does mount up. We're always happy to hear customer feedback... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with a few friends to watch blue velvet, which is a old 80s thriller we all enjoyed the movie & had a great time, the staff were very friendly.

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Thank Harry N
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Harry, Thanks for taking the time to review us. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit and the film. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks More 

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63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed seeing the selection of hot and cold food on offer. The cakes are lovely too. Cafe area was clean, staff friendly and service efficient! Kids catered for aswell and fresh coffee was a god send on a cold day!!!

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Thank JMTRedditch
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review. We're always here for a warm cup of coffee! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks More 

Birmingham
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the MAC and have done for many years even before the great refurbishment. My only real criticism is the Bridge Cafe FOOD, much of which is really FAST food with a few minor adjustments to make it edible. So many places these days are the same, especially the pubs. Please, MAC, let your venue astonish us, and take... More 

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Thank hobbyhorses
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback. We try to provide a range of dishes and options to allow customers to make healthy choices as they wish. Our catering team are continually reviewing the menu so I will be sure to pass your comments on to them. Thanks More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited the MAC many times to listen to talks yet have never been to a theatre production here. We took the children to see Raymond Briggs' Bear. I have to say, it was a fantastic production and very reasonably priced. We had front row seats, the actors were brilliant as were the staff. We have already booked tickets... More 

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Thank Katie A
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Katie, I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed The Bear, I'll be sure to pass your comments onto the team here and the theatre company. We look forward to seeing you in the new year. Thanks very much More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Mac is normally lovely, but today with the Craft Market on a few more staff and a few more tills might solve this awful queue. Just sat down after a 20 minute wait for a a coffee and cake.

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Thank Natalie E
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Hi Natalie, Thanks for your review and sorry to hear that you didn't have a more enjoyable visit. We are aware of the extra footfall during our craft markets and do try to provide extra staffing in the cafe at these times. We're continually evaluating the service we offer and we're currently working on a makeover for the cafe, so... More 

Zandvoorde, Belgium
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

I have been to the mac many times, and any visit is a pleasure, thanks to the great exhibitions, cafe, and the setting. Our recent visit was a first visit to the cinema. It didn't disappoint. Fairly small and intimate, the cinema is excellent. The seats are comfortable and once the main feature started no-one else was allowed in. No... More 

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Thank jhipkiss
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit to our cinema, hope it's the first of many. Thanks More 

Birmingham
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

A great place to meet friends, relax, have a drink and a chat. Programme of events varied and well priced. Don't miss the Christmas Craft markets, they are a must.

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Thank Explorer63
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, it's great to hear how much you enjoy coming to mac. We hope to see you again soon Thanks More 

Bury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

What a lovely place, amazing Park, great food, great views. Will be back again. Would reccommend on any visit to this city

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Thank SarahLouP18
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review Sarah, great to hear you enjoyed your visit. Do check out our cinema, performances and exhibitions programmes next time you visit. Thanks More 

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

We visited the MAC for the first time last Wednesday, as our daughter is moving into nearby accommodation. What a fantastic venue, loads going on, very nice fresh food for lunch, and lovely surroundings with a superb park adjacent.

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Thank 970rob
macbirmingham62, Manager at Mac Birmingham, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your 5* review, that's very kind of you. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope your daughter is settling in well and we'll see hopefully see you when you're next visiting the area. Thanks More 

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