Birmingham

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Victoria Square featuring a square or plaza, flowers and heritage architecture

The second-largest city in the U.K. is known for its museums and shopping, canals, food and music.

Located in central England, Birmingham attracts visitors with its concert venues and shopping districts, art exhibitions, curry restaurants and chocolate factory. The city was at the heart of the industrial revolution in the 1700s and 1800s, with many advancements in technology and science developed in the city’s factories. Today, Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom. Getting around is made easy by an efficient public transport system of trains and buses. Explore the city’s canals – left over from the Industrial Revolution – by boat tour.

Victoria Square is the focal point of the city; many major attractions are within walking distance. Find Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Shop for high-end clothing at The Mailbox, and admire the 18th-century architecture of Birmingham Cathedral.

Learn about the impact of the Industrial Revolution at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. There are interactive activities for younger visitors, including a giant hamster wheel and square-wheeled wagon.

Go to the Jewellery Quarter, just west of the city center, to learn about a centuries-old industry and shop for handcrafted pieces. Head south of the center to find chains stores and independent boutiques at the Bullring Shopping Centre.

Birmingham’s music scene comes to life during the summer months. Enjoy free concerts during the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Listen to orchestras and world-famous musicians at Symphony Hall, a venue that hosts hundreds of events throughout the year.

Take time to explore around 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) of public green spaces. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the golf courses and boating lakes at Sutton Park, north of the city center. To the south, at Sarehole Mill, you can walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien. Both are a short train ride from the city center.

Don’t miss out on Birmingham’s culinary scene, influenced by African, Caribbean, Chinese and Indian cultures. Visit the Curry Mile in the south of the city, so called for its large concentration of Indian restaurants, and get a chocolate hit during the tasting sessions at Cadbury World.

Where to stay in Birmingham

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street
3 out of 5
200 Broad Street, Cumberland House, Birmingham, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,404 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Broad Street and Ikon Gallery. Hagley Road and Symphony Hall are also within 10 minutes. ...
4/5 Very Good! (961 reviews)
"Comfortable room and friendly staff… plumbing a bit noisy"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
3 out of 5
Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥8,675 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is steps from Hurst Street, Chinese Quarter, and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Old Rep Theatre and The Alexandra are ...
4/5 Very Good! (922 reviews)
"The staff are the best that I have seen anywhere... Welcoming, friendly and so helpful throughout."

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
4 out of 5
245 Broad Street, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥8,661 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Library of Birmingham, International Convention Centre (ICC), and Arena ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,189 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly, beds were nice, room was okay I'm just not a fan of the bath shower with a curtain."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Jurys Inn Birmingham
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Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
3.5 out of 5
88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥9,430 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Church, Broad Street, and Library of Birmingham. Birmingham Museum ...
4.1/5 Very 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 Jan 3, 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staying Cool at  Rotunda
Staying Cool at Rotunda
4 out of 5
Rotunda, 150 New Street, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥13,775 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps from High Street and Bullring Shopping Centre. Corporation Street and Chinese Quarter ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (343 reviews)
"Really cool property and in a great location"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Staying Cool at Rotunda
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
4 out of 5
131 Digbeth, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥10,158 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of O2 Institute and Bullring Shopping Centre. High Street and The Arcadian ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (737 reviews)
"Good location, good value for money. Would definitely stay again. Good"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

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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