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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

Jurys Inn Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
4 out of 5
245 Broad Street, Birmingham, England
Fully refundable
The price is ¥7,657 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 27
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! (1,409 reviews)
"Good price for my trip."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Jurys Inn Birmingham
Genting Hotel
Genting Hotel
4 out of 5
Pendigo Way, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥11,624 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
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! (837 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, friendly reception staff. Lovely big room. Definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Genting Hotel
Park Regis Birmingham
Park Regis Birmingham
4 out of 5
160 Broad Street, Birmingham, England
The price is ¥12,884 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Five Ways Clock, Broad Street, and Hagley Road. The Mailbox and Arena Birmingham are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (636 reviews)
"Excellent service"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Park Regis Birmingham
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Luxury Studio Apartment
Luxury Studio Apartment
Leicester, ENG
The price is ¥6,278 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Leicester City Centre, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church and De Montfort University. National Space ...
Luxury Studio Apartment
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 ¥6,792 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
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 ...
3.3/5 (37 reviews)
Brilliant place
"Really good place staff so friendly went out there way to make things easy"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Showcase Apartments - Highcross House Apart Hotel
Superior Double Studio Apartment
Superior Double Studio Apartment
Leicester, ENG
The price is ¥6,490 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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 ...
Superior Double Studio 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.

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