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

Malmaison Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
4 out of 5
1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England, B1 2JR
The price is ¥11,906 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (961 reviews)
"Pros: Great location Helpful staff Easy to park Comfy bed Quiet room Cons: Awful shower (did not get warm and had no pressure) Some areas of the bathroom and the wardrobe need refurbishing Only one tea bag provided, UHT milk, no complimentary biscuits or water Expensive breakfast so went ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Malmaison Birmingham
The Grand Hotel Birmingham
The Grand Hotel Birmingham
4 out of 5
Colmore Row, Birmingham, England, B3 2BS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,940 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Broad Street and Arena Birmingham are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (208 reviews)
"It’s a great place to stay , great service, the food its very good, location incredible ….great restaurants options around….but the best the people that work there!!!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

The Grand Hotel Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, England, B1 2JZ
The price is ¥16,588 per night from May 30 to May 31
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 our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"The hotel is in great location central to Symphony Hall and short distance to city centre For a conference hotel needs simple things like pen and notepad in the rooms. Aur conditioner had a fault on first day which staff could not resolve , was fixed on 2nd day no similar alternative room was available ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Hyatt Regency 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, B3 1PW
The price is ¥10,475 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (721 reviews)
"Good-value place to stay very close to the centre of the city. The staff were all helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 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 ¥15,186 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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! (411 reviews)
"Amazing view and a few extras in the kitchen were very welcome."

Reviewed on May 25, 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 ¥10,568 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (787 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 May 22, 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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