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Renowned for its network of canals and constantly changing skyline, Birmingham blends heritage with modernity. From historical museums to contemporary architecture, the city is burgeoning with things to do.

The cultural highlights of Birmingham are on full display at its museums. Stroll through the city centre to visit Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where you’ll find pre-Raphaelite artworks, original Leonardo Da Vinci drawings and ancient artefacts from around the world. A tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the Coffin Works museum will provide insights into the city's industrial past. On a trip to Cadbury World, you can snack on chocolate bars while wandering the premises and even buy chocolate-themed souvenirs to take home.

On your Birmingham holiday, you’ll find a plethora of activities to keep you engaged and entertained. A leisurely walk around the canal quarter – dotted with lively pubs and restaurants – is a great way to spend the evening. Pack up a picnic and head to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or drive to the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham nearby, which is well-known for its 360-degree oceanic tunnel offering views of sharks, jellyfish and other marine life.

It's quite easy to indulge in retail therapy at Birmingham. Bullring & Grand Central, with its iconic structure, is a giant of a mall that offers a range of clothing, dining and entertainment options. For an upscale shopping experience, head to Mailbox Birmingham or the Great Western Arcade, which is housed in a Victorian building.

Tonight

From $161 per night

This weekend

From $318 per night

Next weekend

From $250 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.21
Language English
Average weekend price $127 per night
Average weekday price $116 per night
Average stay 1 night

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10

Birmingham is great!

July 1, 2022

Birmingham is great! Shopping, food, culture, it has it all. We went mid week and it suited us, but for evening entertainment, unless you have something booked either for the Hippodrome or Symphony Hall, I would recommend travelling closer to the weekend, as it seemed there were more events on in the evenings. We ventured into the Gay Village, as we had heard about the great party environment in the Village Inn, but sadlt they didn't open, despite saying on the website they were open from 5 pm daily. Whilst there, don't miss the Rag Market - it sells everything from pins to elephants, and everything in between! So if you're looking for something a little different, quirky, or even just a bargain, the Rag Market is the place to go.

Kate
Kate United Kingdom
6.0

Parts of Bham are a mess and need refurbishment.

June 30, 2022

Parts of Bham are a mess and need refurbishment. certain areas are completely taken over by ethnic minorities which do not have the same standards of a modern city and need a review of retail practices which seem to belong to a different country than UK. They are not an attraction to the Second City of the the UK. The central development of the city lacks any cohesion and the variety of architecture create a mess not expected.

donald starkey
donald starkey United Kingdom
6.0

the hotel was very convenient for the Utilita Arena.

June 26, 2022

the hotel was very convenient for the Utilita Arena. the lobby was modern and clean and efficient in checking us in the superior room was very very small, grubby in that there were scuff marks all over the walls and skirting with stains on the back of the toilet door with the obligatory human 'body' hair. There were hand prints on the walls which needed re-painting There was no room service menu and the provided app didn't give any information. Covid or no covid there is now no excuse not to stock the mini bar-especially as mask were not required throughout the hotel The breakfast was however great, good choice well presented and cooked as indeed was the room service meal ( quite pricey )

Bruce 33
Bruce 33 United Kingdom
10

Birmingham has changed a lot over the past 20 years and...

June 26, 2022

Birmingham has changed a lot over the past 20 years and really developed. The centre is quite compact so everything is walkable. Great choice of bars and restaurants, nice area around the canal for bars. If you combine it with seeing a show I don't think you can go wrong. The Bullring and Mailbox are great for shopping, mainly large brand names with few independent shops. For a one night getaway I'd say give it a go

Simon
Simon United Kingdom
8.0

We were impressed by the canals in the area and enjoyed that...

June 26, 2022

We were impressed by the canals in the area and enjoyed that part of Birmingham. I think BIRMINGHAM needs to either ban cars or welcome them in the centre NOT WHAT THEY GET UP TO with a load of road works, confusing signs.

Val J.B.
Val J.B. United Kingdom
10

We stayed in Birmingham as we were attending a concert at...

June 23, 2022

We stayed in Birmingham as we were attending a concert at the O2 arena. The apartment we chose was perfectly situated for this. Short walk to the canals and great bars/restaurants on the Canalside. Overall a great trip

Carolyn
Carolyn United Kingdom

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