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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.

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Where to stay in Birmingham

The Belfry
The Belfry
4 out of 5
Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $123 per night from May 6 to May 7
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Belfry Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ash End House Children's Farm and Kingsbury Water ...
4/5Very Good! (671 reviews)
"Unfortunately facilities not available - will visit again when restrictions lifted. Pleasant and helpful staff"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

The Belfry
Jurys Inn Birmingham
Jurys Inn Birmingham
4 out of 5
245 Broad Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $58 per night from May 11 to May 12
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! (1,565 reviews)
"Another comfortable business stay at this hotel. Would easily recommend to others."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Jurys Inn Birmingham
easyHotel Birmingham
easyHotel Birmingham
3 out of 5
81 John Bright Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $38 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square, Birmingham Hippodrome, and The Mailbox. Bullring Shopping Centre ...
4/5Very Good! (1,050 reviews)
"This hotel offers everything from great price, to great location, and most importantly, great customer service. Victoria, Ila and Geidra always strive to give the best service every time I visit - they always make me feel welcome, they're really nice to talk to, and they are always willing to help ..."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

easyHotel 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
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Rep), Broad Street, and Arena Birmingham. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (679 reviews)
Awesome hotel
"It was an awesome experience ,will definitely be back soon 🔜"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staying Cool at  Rotunda
Staying Cool at Rotunda
4 out of 5
Rotunda, 150 New Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $124 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps from High Street and Bullring Shopping Centre. Victoria Square and The Arcadian are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (324 reviews)
Staying cool apartments
"Good experience, checked in with friendly staff at reception, room was clean as expected and lovely view of the city would highly recommend."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Staying Cool at Rotunda
Comfort Zone Parkside Apartment Hotel Birmingham
Comfort Zone Parkside Apartment Hotel Birmingham
3 out of 5
5 Ridley Street, Birmingham, England
The price is $133 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Mailbox, Broad Street, and International Convention Centre (ICC). ...
4/5Very Good! (74 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Comfort Zone Parkside Apartment Hotel 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.

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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Reviews of Birmingham

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Mar 6, 2020

Birmingham is a pleasant change from London. Worth a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 26, 2020

Very lively atmosphere. Great restaurants and plenty to do

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 23, 2020

Loved the city!

3/5 - Okay

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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 

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