BirminghamUnited Kingdom

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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

Birmingham Town Hall featuring interior views and heritage architecture

Birmingham City Centre

4/5Very Good!(110 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Birmingham City Centre. Make a stop by Bullring Shopping Centre or The Mailbox while you're exploring the area.

Birmingham City Centre
Ikon Gallery which includes a square or plaza, night scenes and a city

The Westside

4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of The Westside. Make a stop by Broad Street or Arena Birmingham while you're exploring the area.

The Westside
Gorgeous botanical gardens
trover photo by Debbie Aldridge

Edgbaston

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Edgbaston is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Hagley Road and Birmingham Botanical Gardens while you're in town.

Edgbaston
Erdington, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Erdington

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

The restaurants and museums are a few reasons travelers visit Erdington. Want to see more of the surrounding area? StarCity and Villa Park are a few top sights nearby.

Erdington
Lovely stroll around Sandwell Valley RSPB and country park.
trover photo by Louise Johnson

Great Barr

Great Barr is well-liked for its restaurants, and you can visit sights like Alexander Stadium and Arena Birmingham if you have time to explore the area.

Great Barr
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum featuring interior views

Bordesley

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

Bordesley is known for its lively bars, and you can plan a trip to Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and O2 Institute while you're in town.

Bordesley

Top Hotels in Birmingham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Arden Hotel & Leisure Club
The Arden Hotel & Leisure Club
3 out of 5
Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$75
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

This family-friendly Solihull hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Resorts World Birmingham and The Bear Grylls Adventure. National Exhibition ...

3.8/5Good! (2,843 reviews)

"its larger than you think. I didn't make it to the pool and spa."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

The Arden Hotel & Leisure Club
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
3.5 out of 5
88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, England
$65
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jewellery Quarter, Broad Street, and Arena Birmingham. Symphony Hall and International ...

4.1/5Very Good! (610 reviews)

"I love that it was like a home from home. Fully equipped for a mid or long stay. We only stayed one night but it was fab. Didn’t arrive until almost midnight and the reception was open with a 24 hour cafe. We had an issue with the shower but the staff were extremely helpful and helped as much as ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Hilton Birmingham Metropole
4 out of 5
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England
$86
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Birmingham hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Resorts World Birmingham. ...

3.6/5Good! (1,775 reviews)

"The food was lovely. Down side the parking was extra."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Popular things to do in Birmingham

Arena Birmingham
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Arena Birmingham

4/5(22 reviews)

Catch an event at Arena Birmingham during your trip to Birmingham. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Cadbury World
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Cadbury World

4/5(9 reviews)

Learn about the history of one of the world’s biggest chocolate manufacturers and sample various products at this interactive chocolate and entertainment center.

Broad Street
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Broad Street

4/5(30 reviews)

With a visit to Broad Street, a popular shopping spot in Birmingham, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Discover the lively bars and acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area.

Bullring Shopping Centre
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Bullring Shopping Centre

4.5/5(74 reviews)

An ultra-modern complex, this shopping destination is built on the site of a centuries-old marketplace, continuing Birmingham’s tradition of commerce and ambition.

The Mailbox
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The Mailbox

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Shop for designer clothes, sample international cuisine at waterside restaurants and watch a television show broadcast, all at this multipurpose retail center.

University of Birmingham
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University of Birmingham

4/5(20 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around University of Birmingham, a top college in Birmingham. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Birmingham

Warwick Castle Tickets
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Warwick Castle Tickets

$15

Experience 1,100 years of Great British history in one of England's finest medieval fortresses. Soaring into 2019 is the UK's largest Bird of Prey show; The Falconer's Quest. Search the skies overhead as free flying Birds of Prey take flight in an all action, dynamic display of aerial acrobatics.

Private Departure Transfer from Birmingham City to Birmingham Airport
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Private Departure Transfer from Birmingham City to Birmingham Airport

$25

With online booking, you can avoid long waiting in taxi queues. Your driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby and assist you during your transfer to the airport. Enjoy the comfort of a private transfer, which means that you will not share a car with anyone apart from your booking.

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

$33

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Aspire Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle, complete with access to amenities such as Wi-Fi, TV, magazines, and delicious snacks.

No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

$37

Take a break from the rush and bustle of Birmingham Airport with a first-class relaxation experience in the No. 1 Lounge. With amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and snacks to an open bar, this peaceful oasis lets you kick back and enjoy your downtime in style.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham
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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham

$20

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground with 3 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more! LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham - The ultimate indoor attraction. Family fun with rides, LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more.

The Great Game Treasure Hunt Birmingham with real treasure!
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The Great Game Treasure Hunt Birmingham with real treasure!

$4

The Great Game is a unique treasure hunt with real treasure. Perfect for the amateur detective or when you're stuck for something to do! Can you crack the codes, solve the puzzles and use your compass to find the treasure.

Reviews of Birmingham

4.1

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 21, 2019

Needless to say,there are little strange people. But it’s so fun!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

Best city in Europe

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