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Birmingham
Travel Guide

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

The Belfry
The Belfry
4 out of 5
Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,563 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Belfry Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ash End House Children's Farm and Kingsbury Water ...
4/5Very Good! (672 reviews)
"It’s really quiet at the moment nothing is open ie the restaurant or bar however it is very COVID safe lots of hand sanitizer stations and social distance markers"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

The Belfry
AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
4 out of 5
160 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,693 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Mailbox, International Convention Centre (ICC), and The Alexandra. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (437 reviews)
I’d stay again
"Nice hotel, friendly staff, view wasn’t great and breakfast a little on the pricey side."

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
4 out of 5
1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,127 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Alexandra, The Mailbox, and Broad Street. Bullring Shopping Centre and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
"It was lovely went to plug fan in the room but it was broken, apart from that the air con worked just as well, it was a lovely stay bed was extremely comfortable!"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Malmaison Birmingham
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.
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 ¥5,968 per night from May 16 to May 16
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 ...
3.1/5 (34 reviews)
"The facility did not match the stated standards on the photos.  It and was unsafe to stay there for my family, and we  had to leave immediately to keep our baby away from this place. On the photos it is brand new but in reality we found old apartment with mold, terrible odour of old facility (smell ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

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
2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Leicester
2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Leicester
4 out of 5
132 Charles Street, Leicester, England
The price is ¥15,191 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in Leicester City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Curve Theatre, De Montfort University, and University of Leicester. National ...
2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Leicester
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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Reviews of Birmingham

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Mar 6, 2020

Birmingham is a pleasant change from London. Worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 26, 2020

Very lively atmosphere. Great restaurants and plenty to do

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 23, 2020

Loved the city!

3/5 - Okay

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Nov 20, 2019

Nothing much to say about Birmingham, large multi-cultural city. Has its good points and its bad.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 18, 2019

Very diverse, with great food. Easy to commute with old but interesting buildings . The people are very friendly and polite

4/5 - Good

Karen

Oct 10, 2019

Very sad to see how much rubbish, broken glass, graffiti, and homeless were on the streets. We haven’t been in Brum for 19 years and it has changed. BUT, it is still our cherished family city 

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