Our Hotels In Birmingham
A fuss-free start to your trip
If you're planning a visit, you might be wondering how to get to Birmingham from your own corner of the world. As one of England's major cities, it's easy to get there by road, rail or air. Or you could take a bus or coach to save money.
The city is at the heart of England's motorway network, which means it's easily accessible by car. Birmingham is connected to the M5, M6, M40 and M42. At the same time, the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. Choose a hotel with parking to make traveling by road even more straightforward.
Prefer letting someone else drive? Hop on a train to one of Birmingham's three central train stations: Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill. If you're travelling from overseas, fly to Birmingham Airport, the fifth largest in the UK and just ten minutes from the city.
Discover Birmingham's roots
Now the second-largest city in England after its capital, Birmingham started out as a small Saxon village, growing into a town in the early 12th century.
The city was an engine of the Industrial Revolution, with a thriving metal trade that made Birmingham a world-famous jewellery producer, amongst other things. Today, Birmingham boasts more miles of canal than Venice, thanks to its industrial past.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Want to learn more about the city's roots? Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) is an excellent place to start. The Grade II-listed city-centre museum opened in 1885, displaying art and artefacts for public enjoyment.
As well as collections of Pre-Raphaelite, Baroque and religious art, visitors can explore Birmingham: It's People, It's History galleries. These permanent displays offer a look into the city's development. Start at its medieval origins, moving through the Industrial Revolution and beyond.
The Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is a historic industrial hub, once home to workshops and traders in the metal industry. Today, the characterful streets remain lined with jewellers and independents. Around 40% of British jewellery still originates here, making Birmingham Jewellery Quarter more associated with metalwork than any other place in the world. It's the best place to go for treasures and souvenirs to take back home.
While you're there, be sure to visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The once-factory is a unique time capsule, offering visitors a look into the lives of jewellers past and present. Watch live demonstrations or attend a workshop and make your own silver ring.
If you want to enjoy some retail therapy, Birmingham is a perfect destination. This shopper's paradise is home to high street favourites, sleek department stores and unique independents.
Bullring & Grand Central
A day in Birmingham's largest shopping centre, Bullring & Grand Central is one of the top things to do in the city. Thousands of visitors pass through every day. Explore a wide range of high street stores.
All that shopping is sure to work up an appetite. Good news! Bullring & Grand Central is home to many excellent cafes and restaurants, so you can refuel in comfort before hitting the stores for round two. Grab a bite at Café Rouge or Café Nero, or settle in for a leisurely lunch at Mowgli, Nandos or Pizza Express.
Bullring & Grand Central also boasts a Treetop Adventure Golf course. Enjoy mini-golf in an enchanting rainforest setting – it's sure to make the kids' day!
Arcades & independent shops
As well as its sleek shopping centres, Birmingham is home to historic arcades and lots of independent stores, ideal if you're looking for something different. These impressive Victorian arcades are also some of the most beautiful must-see attractions in Birmingham.
Arcades include the Great Western Arcade in the heart of the city, Piccadilly Arcade and Burlington Arcade. Whether you're shopping or browsing, explore these charming spots for a memorable experience and plenty of treasures to enjoy. You'll also find many cosy tearooms and coffee shops nestled inside. Settle in and watch the world go by.
Restaurants in England's Second City
As the second-largest city in England, Birmingham has its fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants and up-and-coming eateries to rival the capital. The city is well-known for its Balti Triangle, a small neighbourhood at its edge with many award-winning Indian restaurants.
Wondering where to eat in Birmingham? Head to Adam's for Michelin star fine dining. Try The Ivy for a beautiful backdrop and tried-and-tested menus. Original Patty Men is your go-to for great burgers. Tropea is an Italian cafe by day, restaurant by night, ideal for laid-back vibes at any time.
Where to grab a drink
Thirsty? Take a break and visit one of Birmingham's best bars or pubs. Whether you're after a traditional boozer for a quick one or a sleek rooftop bar for after-dinner cocktails, you're sure to find it here. Bacchus Bar is in Burlington Arcade. The Rose Villa Tavern boasts regular extended happy hours and an inventive cocktail menu in the Jewellery Quarter. Or head to The Victoria for a fuss-free pint right around the corner from Birmingham New Street station.