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BirminghamUnited Kingdom

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

Top Hotels in Birmingham

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
3 out of 5
Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥6,424 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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! (986 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, from the Receptionist to the cleaners, absolutely loved my stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Genting Hotel
Genting Hotel
4 out of 5
Pendigo Way, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥10,640 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is steps from Resorts World Birmingham, Santai Spa, and Pendigo Lake. National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is 0.6 mi (0.9 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (813 reviews)

"So I booked a birthday pampering night and came across Genting Hotel in my search. I am so so pleased that I picked this hotel. My birthday has literally been a blast. Arrived at the hotel, with my VIP parking included. Car park very secure and within a minutes walk from the lifts. Was greeted at ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Genting Hotel
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
2.5 out of 5
21 Ladywell Walk Arcadian Centre, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥3,857 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is steps from Chinese Quarter, The Arcadian, and Birmingham Hippodrome. Bullring Shopping Centre and The Mailbox ...

3.9/5Good! (982 reviews)

"Great location for bullring- it isn’t in the grand central / new street station it is still a walk, but only a few minutes. Seems they have renovated the reception area and forgot about the rest of the hotel. Room 315 - dark, outdated, bed was very had and uncomfortable but couldn’t complain too ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Birmingham

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
4 out of 5
131 Digbeth, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥6,517 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of O2 Institute and Bullring Shopping Centre. The Arcadian and Birmingham Hippodrome ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (710 reviews)

"The place was very clean and exactly how it is in the pictures. The kitchen in the studio fully equipped. The staff were friendly and it was an overall good experience."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
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 ¥6,786 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broad Street, Arena Birmingham, and Victoria Square. International Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (679 reviews)
Awesome hotel

"It was an awesome experience ,will definitely be back soon 🔜"…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Comfy City Center Apartment
Comfy City Center Apartment
4 out of 5
Inge Street, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥6,206 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Chinese Quarter, Birmingham Hippodrome, and The Arcadian. Bullring Shopping Centre and ...

Comfy City Center 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.

Popular places to visit in Birmingham

Top things to do in Birmingham

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

Verified traveler

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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