0.9 miles from downtown
Arrive bare-necked and leave dripping with diamonds. This semi-residential area holds over a hundred jewellery stores. Buy truly outrageous gems from Mitchel and Co., or find an artisan to craft your perfect bespoke piece – which usually sell for much less than popular retailers. For divine inspiration, stop by the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.
Places to stay from $23 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
Westside has gone from blah to hurrah! In mere decades, it rocketed from fun-free industrial zone to an entertainment free-for-all. Walk the series of Canals in the Gas Street Basin, shop it up on Broad Street, get literary inspiration in the new Library of Birmingham, or stare at the Rubick's cube that is "The Cube".
Places to stay from $51 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
Chinatown had us fooled – it’s nowhere near as big as China, but the breadth of restaurants here is truly staggering. Luscious Asian cuisines are ripe for the picking, with restaurants that sell everything from bento boxes to egg foo yong. The area is plonked amidst a series of trendy nightclubs, just a stone’s throw from New Street Station.
Places to stay from $35 a night
Gay Village Birmingham
0.7 miles from downtown
Out and proud, or just ready to get loud? Hit Hurst Street's nightspots for a howler of a glitter-filled evening. Drag queens, leather kings and fun-loving locals create a jubilant atmosphere. From cocktails to cabarets - and with nary a dowdy outfit in sight, thanks to the Bullring Mall next door - the village never runs out of steam.
Places to stay from $46 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
Get a box seat at the best theatres in town. The Hippodrome, New Alexandra Theatre and the Old Rep represent the triumverate of noteworthy theatres in the area. From touring productions to musicals, foot tap the night away in style. After curtain call, head to one of the area's swanky restaurants.
Places to stay from $30 a night
0.5 miles from downtown
Do you dig? Birmingham’s creative quarter is a laid-back place to dive into the city’s heritage. The Typhoo Tea HQ and Wharf and Banana Warehouse underline the area’s industrial roots, which have given way to a hip café culture. Explore the vintage boutiques in the legendary Custard Factory, or snap funky street art like the mosaicked JFK Mural.
Places to stay from $16 a night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.21|
|Average weekend price||$127 per night|
|Average weekday price||$116 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
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.
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.
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 )
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
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.
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
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