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

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Smallbrook, Queensway, Birmingham, England, B5 4EW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (954 reviews)
"Very convenient location and very helpful staff."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, England, B1 2JZ
The price is $126 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (953 reviews)
"We have stayed at Hyatt Regencys before and always find them clean, with very friendly efficient staff on call 24/7"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Clayton Hotel Birmingham
4 out of 5
85 Albert Street, Birmingham, England, B5 5JE
The price is $102 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Birmingham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"Walkable to the Bullring and the station. Very friendly and helpful staff, particularly reception."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Clayton Hotel Birmingham
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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 $83 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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! (723 reviews)
"Good-value place to stay very close to the centre of the city. The staff were all helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 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 $146 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
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! (419 reviews)
"Great room great view"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 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 $90 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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! (793 reviews)
"Fabulous for price and so full of amenities : kitchen : great bed shower tea coffee maker all in room : bed comfortable shower pressure space ect fabulous !! Loved"

Reviewed on May 22, 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.

Getting around Birmingham

If you’re staying in the city center of Birmingham, take advantage of the extensive pedestrianized zones and explore on foot – the best way to experience the city’s famous architecture up close. There is also an extensive bus network across the city, and local trains connect the city to the surrounding area. One trolley line, the Midland Metro, runs between the historic Jewellery Quarter and outlying towns. Visit the Transport for West Midlands website.Browse Birmingham rental cars.

Best time to visit

Birmingham has a temperate climate, with warm summers, cool winters and moderate rainfall throughout the year. To have the best chance of warm, sunny weather, you should visit between June and August, when average temperatures peak in the low 70s F (low 20s C). Spring and fall can variously be lovely and warm or rather cold, but prices are cheaper at this time of year. Winter is often gray, cold and wet.

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