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BirminghamUnited Kingdom

England’s second city is full of culture and top-quality shopping, with many miles of canals to charm the visitor.

Birmingham has lots to offer: from bustling shopping areas to excellent live-music venues, art galleries to a chocolate factory! Much of the city’s most interesting history originates during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, when numerous technological advances were made in the many factories and workshops operating here.

Many canals remain from those long-gone days, when they were crucial transport links with other parts of the country. Now, they add numerous pleasant waterside hangouts and opportunities for boat tours to the city. In fact, Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice!

Victoria Square is at the heart of many of the city’s favourite attractions. Check out the wonderfully romanticised pre-Raphaelite masterworks in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or admire Baroque Birmingham Cathedral. If fashion’s more your thing, the most exclusive chic clothing can be found at The Mailbox, while big brands and the hottest styles can be found at the Bullring Shopping Centre.

Children will love tracing incredible scientific advances at the interactive Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. Browse around the Jewellery Quarter to appreciate the handiwork of these master craftsmen, and maybe pick up something for that special someone.

The city’s musical scene really comes alive during the summer months. The Birmingham Jazz Festival gets the city moving to a different beat during the summer, and there are lots of free performances. For a more refined experience, soak in the melodic tones of outstanding orchestras and classical musicians at the Symphony Hall.

When you need a break from the concrete jungle, Sutton Park offers wide open green spaces, along with golf courses and boating lakes. At the opposite side of the city, to the south, you can walk in the shadow of J.R.R. Tolkien at beautiful Sarehole Mill. Both parks are a short hop on the train from the city centre, and are just two examples of the 3,237 hectares of green spaces on offer here.

Younger members of the family will love the sweetness of Cadbury World. Later on, as evening comes around and you start to get hungry, there’s a lot to choose from. Birmingham’s dining scene is heavily influenced by African, Chinese, Caribbean and Indian cuisine, with the “Curry Mile” in the south of the city particularly popular with diners.

Top hotels in Birmingham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad Street and Symphony Hall. The Mailbox and Arena ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,887 reviews)

"Lovely spacious rooms. Very clean. Great facilities"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
4 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$113 per night

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Coombe Abbey Country Park, Coventry University and Ricoh Arena. Lady Godiva Statue and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (796 reviews)

"Everything. Cleans rooms, service is excellent. I will definitely come back"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel
3 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$69 per night

Situated in Coventry, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of West Orchards Shopping, Coventry University and Ricoh Arena. University of Warwick and Coventry ...

2.8/5 (1,151 reviews)

"everything is fine hotel staff very good hotel is clean"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Britannia Coventry Hill Hotel

Popular places to visit in Birmingham

Cadbury World
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Cadbury World

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Savour sweet delights and learn about the history of one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world.

Bullring Shopping Centre
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Bullring Shopping Centre

4/5(22 reviews)

An ultra-modern complex, this shopping destination is built on the site of a centuries-old marketplace, continuing Birmingham’s tradition of commerce and ambition.

The Mailbox
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The Mailbox

4.5/5(6 reviews)

This upmarket shopping centre is the perfect place for some retail therapy or an atmospheric canal-side meal.

Top activities in Birmingham

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

100% of travellers recommend
AU$47
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

AU$136
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Birmingham
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Birmingham

AU$19
Per adult

Reviews of Birmingham

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3/5 - Okay

Davina

31 Dec. 2019

It’s a busy city centre, not pretty but has great shopping centres, a good rail link to London. Do what you need to do then get out to the countryside

5/5 - Excellent

dPaul

3 Oct. 2019

By order of the pesky blinders!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Aug. 2019

Went to Birmingham to watch the Ashes test match at Edgbaston. Event was well presented and run by the Warwickshire County Cricket Club. I would recommend to anyone thinking about going to a match there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Jul. 2019

Only had one night there but really enjoyed the canal trip and the museum and art gallery.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Jun. 2019

Not a place i would return to. Seen it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Jun. 2019

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