Birmingham

Travel Guide
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England’s second city is full of culture and top-quality shopping, with many miles of canals to charm the visitor.

Birmingham has lots to offer: from bustling shopping areas to excellent live-music venues, art galleries to a chocolate factory! Much of the city’s most interesting history originates during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, when numerous technological advances were made in the many factories and workshops operating here.

Many canals remain from those long-gone days, when they were crucial transport links with other parts of the country. Now, they add numerous pleasant waterside hangouts and opportunities for boat tours to the city. In fact, Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice!

Victoria Square is at the heart of many of the city’s favourite attractions. Check out the wonderfully romanticised pre-Raphaelite masterworks in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or admire Baroque Birmingham Cathedral. If fashion’s more your thing, the most exclusive chic clothing can be found at The Mailbox, while big brands and the hottest styles can be found at the Bullring Shopping Centre.

Children will love tracing incredible scientific advances at the interactive Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. Browse around the Jewellery Quarter to appreciate the handiwork of these master craftsmen, and maybe pick up something for that special someone.

The city’s musical scene really comes alive during the summer months. The Birmingham Jazz Festival gets the city moving to a different beat during the summer, and there are lots of free performances. For a more refined experience, soak in the melodic tones of outstanding orchestras and classical musicians at the Symphony Hall.

When you need a break from the concrete jungle, Sutton Park offers wide open green spaces, along with golf courses and boating lakes. At the opposite side of the city, to the south, you can walk in the shadow of J.R.R. Tolkien at beautiful Sarehole Mill. Both parks are a short hop on the train from the city centre, and are just two examples of the 3,237 hectares of green spaces on offer here.

Younger members of the family will love the sweetness of Cadbury World. Later on, as evening comes around and you start to get hungry, there’s a lot to choose from. Birmingham’s dining scene is heavily influenced by African, Chinese, Caribbean and Indian cuisine, with the “Curry Mile” in the south of the city particularly popular with diners.

Where to stay in Birmingham

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
3 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is RM283 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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! (948 reviews)
"The staff at the holiday inn were very polite and extremely helpful in all aspects. The hotel was clean and was a good location to moor street station. The breakfasts were good with plenty to choose from. The only problem we had was the lack of sleep of which I was very disappointed. Ear plugs are ..."

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2021

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
4 out of 5
The price is RM338 per night from 19 Sep to 19 Sep
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! (1,260 reviews)
"Very happy with facilities, cleanliness and good service"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021

Jurys Inn Birmingham
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street
3 out of 5
The price is RM367 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broad Street, Symphony Hall and International Convention Centre (ICC). Victoria Square ...
4/5Very Good! (969 reviews)
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Reviewed on 8 Sep 2021

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street
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.
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
4 out of 5
131 Digbeth, Birmingham, England
The price is RM326 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of O2 Institute and Bullring Shopping Centre. The Arcadian and Birmingham ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (730 reviews)
"V close to the train station.town within walking distance.lots of shopping. Hotel staff so lovely.a lovely hotel for a lovely break.lots of shopping by bus and train.lots to do."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Staying Cool at  Rotunda
Staying Cool at Rotunda
4 out of 5
The price is RM650 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps away from High Street and Bullring Shopping Centre. The Arcadian and Victoria Square ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (335 reviews)
"The hotel was great from the outside i didn't expect much however stepping indoors completely changed my mind The hotels was very modern compared to other hotels and very much enjoyed the stay if had the opportunity i would visit again"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2021

Staying Cool at Rotunda
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM330 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Rep), Broad Street and Arena Birmingham. Victoria ...
4.1/5Very Good! (682 reviews)
Not great, but not terrible
"The layout of the apartment and the kitchen appliances were good. The cleanliness of the apartment was inconsistent - the sofa bed was covered in hairs of varying lengths from other people and the tv was covered in dust. The drainage for the sink and shower were really poor. Our makeshift double ..."

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
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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