Birmingham

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Victoria Square showing heritage architecture, flowers and a city
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

ibis budget Birmingham Centre
ibis budget Birmingham Centre
2.5 out of 5
1 Great Colmore Street, Birmingham, England, B15 2AP
The price is CA $47 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,003 reviews)
"clean comfortable hotel, although very basic as the name says. Staff excellent and ample room downstairs if you need more space."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2022

ibis budget Birmingham Centre
Genting Hotel
Genting Hotel
4 out of 5
Pendigo Way, Birmingham, England, B40 1PU
The price is CA $125 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, 18 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
FAB
"lovely hotel ideally located for NEC"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2022

Genting Hotel
pentahotel Birmingham
pentahotel Birmingham
4 out of 5
Ernest Street, Holloway Head, Birmingham, England, B1 1NS
The price is CA $82 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Good location, close to city centre. Small but well equipped gym was a bonus."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

pentahotel 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.
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 CA $82 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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! (744 reviews)
"Comfortable stay with everything we needed."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 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 CA $128 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
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! (445 reviews)
"Great location. Hallway had stale smoke smell. Not really luxurious but adequate"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 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 CA $90 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
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! (808 reviews)
Short getaway
"This aparthotel was a first for me and it was not a disappointment. Modern, clean, smells fresh and have everything needed for a stay. Our concierge, Linda, was knowledgeable, great attitude and helpful. Overall, our stay was peaceful, will definitely return."

Reviewed on Aug. 7, 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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