Birmingham

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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.

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Where to stay in Birmingham

ibis budget Birmingham Centre
ibis budget Birmingham Centre
2.5 out of 5
The price is AU$57 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bullring Shopping Centre, Symphony Hall and Broad Street. International Convention ...
3.8/5 Good! (935 reviews)
"Friendly staff, clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

ibis budget Birmingham Centre
Malmaison Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
4 out of 5
1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England
The price is AU$151 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Alexandra and The Mailbox. Broad Street and Symphony Hall are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (934 reviews)
"I think the mal do one of the best breakfasts in Birmingham and on a Sat till 11am. Checkout is also at 11am on Sat which is better than most now"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2022

Malmaison Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
The price is AU$211 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad Street and Symphony Hall. Arena Birmingham ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (940 reviews)
"I stayed two nights. I loved this hotel especially the spa. Thank you!"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
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Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
4 out of 5
The price is AU$96 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of O2 Institute and Bullring Shopping Centre. Broad Street and Arena ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (763 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Staying Cool at  Rotunda
Staying Cool at Rotunda
4 out of 5
The price is AU$187 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps away from High Street and Bullring Shopping Centre. The Mailbox and Symphony Hall are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (366 reviews)
"Amazing stay in a amazing apartment"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Staying Cool at Rotunda
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$122 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Church, Broad Street and Arena Birmingham. Symphony Hall and The ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (695 reviews)
Brilliant stay in Birmingham
"Our experience with staycity was brilliant! We were only there for one night but wish we had stayed longer. The apartment had everything we needed - small kitchenette with utensils / glasses etc, sofa bed, good shower and tv. The perfect room for a weekend stay where you just need a comfy bed to ..."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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