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Birmingham Cathedral

Visit this 18th-century church to admire Baroque architecture, see work by a Pre-Raphaelite artist and listen to choral concerts.

Find work by a Pre-Raphaelite painter, listen to choir music and appreciate centuries-old Baroque architecture at the Birmingham Cathedral. English architect Thomas Archer built the cathedral between 1709 and 1715. It served as St. Philip’s community church for almost 200 years before becoming Birmingham Cathedral in 1905.

Art enthusiasts will appreciate the cathedral’s stained-glass windows. English artist Edward Burne-Jones designed three windows on the building’s eastern side. He was a significant member of the late Pre-Raphaelite movement. Another Burne-Jones window on the western side dates to 1897 and commemorates a well-known bishop. The windows portray the Ascension, the Nativity, Crucifixion and Last Judgement.

Look for a series of monuments in the cathedral’s courtyard. Among these is an obelisk honoring English soldier Frederick Gustavus Barnaby. He once flew solo across the English Channel in a hot-air balloon. There is also a statue by London-born sculptor Thomas Stirling Lee, and a memorial to the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974.

Come to the cathedral during one of its many events. Listen to choir concerts or join in on one of the Come and Sing nights. Check the official Birmingham Cathedral website for times and prices. Free biblical talks take place every Tuesday. The cathedral and grounds also host performances during the city’s jazz festival. Find a schedule on the Live Brum event listings website, plus details about exhibitions and art markets.

Birmingham Cathedral sits in the heart of the city center, close to major city attractions. Victoria Square and the Bullring Shopping Centre are both less than a 10-minute walk away. The closest train stations are New Street and Snow Hill. There is user-pay car parking at Snow Hill station. Public buses stop on nearby Colmore Row.

The cathedral is open every day of the year. Visit the cathedral’s official website for information about Sunday services and gift shop hours.


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Britannia Hotel Birmingham New Street Station $43
Britannia Hotel Birmingham New Street Station

Britannia Hotel Birmingham New Street Station

New Street, Birmingham, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Corporation Street, Bullring Shopping Centre, and Victoria Square. Birmingham Town Hall and Chinese Quarter are also within 10 minutes. Birmingham Moor Street Station and Birmingham New Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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    Hyatt Regency Birmingham

    Hyatt Regency Birmingham

    2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Birmingham City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad Street, and Symphony Hall. The Mailbox and Arena Birmingham are also within 10 minutes. Birmingham Five Ways Station is 12 minutes by foot and Birmingham Snow Hill Station is 13 minutes.

      Malmaison Birmingham $98
      Malmaison Birmingham

      Malmaison Birmingham

      1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Birmingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Alexandra, The Mailbox, and Chinese Quarter. Broad Street and Victoria Square are also within 10 minutes. Birmingham New Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Birmingham Snow Hill Station is 10 minutes.

        Copthorne Hotel Birmingham $52
        Copthorne Hotel Birmingham

        Copthorne Hotel Birmingham

        Paradise Circus, Birmingham, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall, and International Convention Centre (ICC). Arena Birmingham and Birmingham Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Birmingham Snow Hill Station is 10 minutes by foot and Birmingham New Street Station is 12 minutes.

          Clayton Hotel Birmingham $103
          Clayton Hotel Birmingham

          Clayton Hotel Birmingham

          85 Albert Street, Birmingham, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bullring Shopping Centre and Birmingham Cathedral. Birmingham Hippodrome and The Mailbox are also within 1 mi (2 km). Birmingham Moor Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Birmingham New Street Station is 8 minutes.

            easyHotel Birmingham
            easyHotel Birmingham

            easyHotel Birmingham

            81 John Bright Street, Birmingham, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square, Birmingham Hippodrome, and The Mailbox. Bullring Shopping Centre and International Convention Centre (ICC) are also within 10 minutes. Birmingham New Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Birmingham Moor Street Station is 9 minutes.

              Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindley Place
              Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindley Place

              Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindley Place

              1 Brunswick Square, Birmingham, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Broad Street and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham. International Convention Centre (ICC) and Arena Birmingham are also within 10 minutes. Birmingham Five Ways Station is 10 minutes by foot and Birmingham New Street Station is 18 minutes.

                Jurys Inn Birmingham $77
                Jurys Inn Birmingham

                Jurys Inn Birmingham

                245 Broad Street, Birmingham, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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