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BirminghamUnited Kingdom

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

Bullring Shopping Centre which includes shopping and modern architecture

Birmingham City Centre

4/5Very Good!(2,149 area reviews)

Cosy bars acclaimed theatres and top sights from Bullring Shopping Centre to The Mailbox – discover Birmingham City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Birmingham City Centre
Ikon Gallery showing a square or plaza, a city and night scenes

The Westside

4/5Very Good!(64 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of The Westside. Make a stop by Broad Street or Arena Birmingham while you're exploring the area.

The Westside
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Edgbaston

3.5/5Good!(332 area reviews)

Edgbaston is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Hagley Road and Birmingham Botanical Gardens while you're in town.

Edgbaston
Erdington, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Erdington

3.5/5Good!(7 area reviews)

The restaurants and museums are a few reasons travellers visit Erdington. Though there aren't many top sights in the neighbourhood, you can visit StarCity and Villa Park, a few notable attractions nearby.

Erdington
Thinktank showing interior views

Bordesley

3.5/5Good!(269 area reviews)

Bordesley is known for its great bars, and you can make a stop by Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and O2 Institute while in the area.

Bordesley
Great Barr, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Great Barr

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

Visitors to Great Barr appreciate its restaurants. A visit to Alexander Stadium and Arena Birmingham might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Great Barr

Top hotels in Birmingham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
The price is £93 per night

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad Street and Symphony Hall. The Mailbox and Arena ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,202 reviews)

"Lovely spacious rooms. Very clean. Great facilities"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
4 out of 5
1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England
The price is £71 per night

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Alexandra, The Mailbox, and Victoria Square. Broad Street and Bullring ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,134 reviews)

"Was upgraded and was well informed of procedure during my stay."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Malmaison Birmingham
Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley
Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley
4 out of 5
The Waterfront, Level Street, Brierley Hill, England
The price is £48 per night

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from intu Merry Hill and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Dudley Town Hall. Dudley Zoo and Castle and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"Where it was situated and made you feel more than welcome very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2020

Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley

Popular places to visit in Birmingham

Arena Birmingham
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Arena Birmingham

4.5/5(341 reviews)

Catch an event at Arena Birmingham during your trip to Birmingham.Make time to visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its lively bars.

Cadbury World
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Cadbury World

4/5(158 reviews)

Learn about the history of one of the world’s biggest chocolate manufacturers and sample various products at this interactive chocolate and entertainment center.

Bullring Shopping Centre
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Bullring Shopping Centre

4.5/5(760 reviews)

An ultra-modern complex, this shopping destination is built on the site of a centuries-old marketplace, continuing Birmingham’s tradition of commerce and ambition.

The Mailbox
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The Mailbox

4/5(364 reviews)

Shop for designer clothes, sample international cuisine at waterside restaurants and watch a television show broadcast, all at this multipurpose retail center.

University of Birmingham
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University of Birmingham

4/5(158 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Birmingham, a top university in Birmingham. Make time to visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Broad Street
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Broad Street

4/5(476 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Broad Street, a favourite shopping spot in Birmingham. Discover the lively bars and great live music in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Birmingham

No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£28
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

£25
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
SEA LIFE Birmingham
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SEA LIFE Birmingham

£15
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Birmingham

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
702
5 - Excellent 29.396984924623116%
4 - Good
1086
4 - Good 45.47738693467337%
3 - Okay
463
3 - Okay 19.388609715242882%
2 - Disappointing
86
2 - Disappointing 3.6013400335008376%
1 - Terrible
51
1 - Terrible 2.135678391959799%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 May 2020

Friendly people and the best city in the UK

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

I applaud the cleanliness of the area I visited

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Loads of developments and upgrading of buildings and road infrastructure etc. Road diversion routes confusing but will eventually result in the city center being a pleasant place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

We were in Birmingham for a gig just out of town but had a wander around the centre and were very impressed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Great city

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