Birmingham

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Victoria Square which includes a city, a square or plaza and flowers

Birmingham, the second largest city in Britain, is known for its museums, shops, canals, fine food and music. The concert venues attract some of the biggest bands from around the world, just like the shopping, art exhibitions, curry houses and chocolate factory attract the visitors.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the city was the centre of the industrial revolution, when the factories dominated, making major developments in the fields of technology and science. Today, Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. Still, it’s easy to explore thanks to an efficient public transport network of trains and buses. Or you could always explore by boat using the canals of the city, old relics of the industrial revolution.

Victoria Square is the focal point of the city and many of the major attractions are within walking distance of here. Discover Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, scour The Mailbox in search of fancy clothes and admire the 18th-century architecture of the Cathedral of Birmingham.

Discover the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and learn all about the impact of the industrial revolution on the city and further afield. For younger visitors there are interactive activities like a giant hamster wheel and a cart with square wheels.

Go to the Jewellery Quarter, just west of the city centre, to buy original and authentic handmade jewellery. Want something a little more mainstream? At the Bullring Shopping Centre, just south of centre, you can find all the major label stores and independent boutiques.

The music scene in Birmingham comes alive in the summer months. Enjoy during the Birmingham Jazz Festival free concerts, head to Symphony Hall for top orchestras and world-renowned musicians, with hundreds of events held every year.

Take time to explore the approximately 3237 acres of public parks, hit the golf courses and try your hand(s) at rowing the ponds in Sutton Park, or step in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien in Sarehole Mill. All these locations are just a short train ride from the city centre.

Birmingham is a food-lover’s heaven, with African, Caribbean, Chinese and Indian cuisine on offer everywhere. In the south of the city you will find the Curry Mile, which takes its name from the many Indian restaurants - something you should not miss. Then for desert visit a chocolate tastings kick in Cadbury World – what a way to end the day.

Birmingham, the second largest city in Britain, is known for its museums, shops, canals, fine food and music. The concert venues attract some of the biggest bands from around the world, just like the shopping, art exhibitions, curry houses and chocolate factory attract the visitors.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the city was the centre of the industrial revolution, when the factories dominated, making major developments in the fields of technology and science. Today, Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. Still, it’s easy to explore thanks to an efficient public transport network of trains and buses. Or you could always explore by boat using the canals of the city, old relics of the industrial revolution.

Victoria Square is the focal point of the city and many of the major attractions are within walking distance of here. Discover Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, scour The Mailbox in search of fancy clothes and admire the 18th-century architecture of the Cathedral of Birmingham.

Discover the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and learn all about the impact of the industrial revolution on the city and further afield. For younger visitors there are interactive activities like a giant hamster wheel and a cart with square wheels.

Go to the Jewellery Quarter, just west of the city centre, to buy original and authentic handmade jewellery. Want something a little more mainstream? At the Bullring Shopping Centre, just south of centre, you can find all the major label stores and independent boutiques.

The music scene in Birmingham comes alive in the summer months. Enjoy during the Birmingham Jazz Festival free concerts, head to Symphony Hall for top orchestras and world-renowned musicians, with hundreds of events held every year.

Take time to explore the approximately 3237 acres of public parks, hit the golf courses and try your hand(s) at rowing the ponds in Sutton Park, or step in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien in Sarehole Mill. All these locations are just a short train ride from the city centre.

Birmingham is a food-lover’s heaven, with African, Caribbean, Chinese and Indian cuisine on offer everywhere. In the south of the city you will find the Curry Mile, which takes its name from the many Indian restaurants - something you should not miss. Then for desert visit a chocolate tastings kick in Cadbury World – what a way to end the day.

Where to stay in Birmingham

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, England, B5 4EW
The price is £71 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (962 reviews)
"Very convenient location and very helpful staff."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2022

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, England, B1 2JZ
The price is £124 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (953 reviews)
"We have stayed at Hyatt Regencys before and always find them clean, with very friendly efficient staff on call 24/7"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2022

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Clayton Hotel Birmingham
4 out of 5
85 Albert Street, Birmingham, England, B5 5JE
The price is £95 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (957 reviews)
"Walkable to the Bullring and the station. Very friendly and helpful staff, particularly reception."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2022

Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
3.5 out of 5
88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, England, B3 1PW
The price is £83 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (722 reviews)
"Good-value place to stay very close to the centre of the city. The staff were all helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staying Cool at  Rotunda
Staying Cool at Rotunda
4 out of 5
Rotunda, 150 New Street, Birmingham, England, B2 4PA
The price is £134 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, a snack bar/deli and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (419 reviews)
"Great room great view"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2022

Staying Cool at Rotunda
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
4 out of 5
131 Digbeth, Birmingham, England, B5 6DR
The price is £89 per night from 7 Jul to 8 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (793 reviews)
"Fabulous for price and so full of amenities : kitchen : great bed shower tea coffee maker all in room : bed comfortable shower pressure space ect fabulous !! Loved"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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