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Birmingham
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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
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
3 out of 5
The price is £44 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hurst Street, The Arcadian and Birmingham Hippodrome. Bullring Shopping Centre and ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"Junior suite was a bit tied in areas, although spacious. Couldn’t get the Tassimo machine to work! Air conditioning was fine in the room. Breakfast was lovely."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
4 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is £50 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Convention Centre (ICC), Arena Birmingham and Library ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,463 reviews)
"Property very well located next to Brindley place - amazing proximity to some really nice bars. Although we had minimal interaction with staff (self checkout due to covid!) the staff we did meet were very friendly. We shared a family room which had two very comfortable double beds, tea and coffee ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Jurys Inn Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
The price is £109 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"The hotel was clean and the staff were very attentive. Not a fault of the hotel but there were a number of noisy guests who seemed crammed on one floor. Spa facilities were well managed although the sauna is only switched on as the spa opens so if you book an early slight, be mindful the sauna will ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
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Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Highcross House, 125-127 Vaughan Way, Leicester, England
The price is £47 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Located in Leicester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space Centre ...
3.2/5 (35 reviews)
Brilliant place
"Really good place staff so friendly went out there way to make things easy"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Modern Studios LEICESTER
Modern Studios LEICESTER
3.5 out of 5
56 Gateway St, Leicester, England
Situated in Leicester, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of De Montfort University and University of Leicester. National Space Centre and Victoria ...
Modern Studios LEICESTER
Luxury Studio Apartment
Luxury Studio Apartment
47 Vaughan Way, Leicester, ENG
The price is £60 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Located in Leicester City Centre, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space ...
Luxury Studio Apartment
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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