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Getting the Most out of Birmingham

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As one of the West Midlands’ major cities and the second biggest in all the UK, Birmingham has so much on offer. Steeped in the history of the Industrial Revolution, the city today in a bustling, multi-cultural hub full of heritage to discover and places to explore. From music and art to shopping and restaurants, we’ve picked out a few of the best things to do in Birmingham, and the perfect hotels near Birmingham New Street station to choose from too.

1. Museum and Art Gallery

If you’re looking to take in some culture and stunning artwork, a visit to Birmingham’s free Museum and Art Gallery is a must on your stay. 
The grand building is famed for being home to the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world, with over 3000 paintings, drawings and prints on display. 
Other highlights include the Ancient Egyptian Gallery, which features a variety of amazing artefacts from the period and an exploration of the fascinating history of Birmingham. Find out what’s on to catch some incredible exhibitions and events on during your stay!

2. The Bull Ring

No trip to Birmingham would be complete with a spot of retail therapy at the famous Bull Ring shopping centre. Located in the heart of the city and just around the corner from the train station, the centre is a popular place for both high-end and high-street shoppers alike. 
Once you’ve explored the impressive array of shops, you can sit down and relax and one of the Bull Ring’s many indoor restaurants for some delicious food and much-needed refreshment. 

3. Brindleyplace

A beautiful canal-side development full of bars, cafes and restaurants, Brindleyplace is one of the best places to explore in the city. 
Located just off the city centre, it’s a great spot for a walk by the canals during the day. And, as it's just next to Birmingham Arena, it’s ideal for grabbing a post-concert drink in the evening, too! 
Alongside bars and restaurants to take your pick from, Brindleyplace is also home to several popular attractions, including contemporary art venue, the Ikon Gallery, and the city’s National Sea Life Centre

4. Symphony Hall

One of Birmingham’s most famous buildings – the Symphony Hall. The concert venue is an impressive architectural structure, home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and host to many prestigious musical concerts throughout its calendar, including a variety of classical, folk, jazz and world music. 
Alongside a variety of musical genres, the grand venue plays host to live dance, comedy gigs and spoken-word events throughout the year. Check out what’s on to catch an amazing live performance during your visit!
Whether you’re enjoying a show at the striking Symphony Hall, wining and dining with a canal view at Brindleyplace, exploring exhibitions at the Museum and Art Gallery, or getting some retail therapy at the Bull Ring, visiting any one of these spots will help ensure you get the most out of Birmingham on your stay.
Looking for the best hotel for your trip? We have a large range of ideally located hotels near Birmingham New Street station to choose from. Situated right in the heart of the city centre and a mere five-minute walk from the train station, our ibis Birmingham New Street Station is a brilliant example.

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