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BirminghamUnited Kingdom

The second-largest city in the U.K. is known for its museums and shopping, canals, food and music.

Located in central England, Birmingham attracts visitors with its concert venues and shopping districts, art exhibitions, curry restaurants and chocolate factory. The city was at the heart of the industrial revolution in the 1700s and 1800s, with many advancements in technology and science developed in the city’s factories. Today, Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom. Getting around is made easy by an efficient public transport system of trains and buses. Explore the city’s canals – left over from the Industrial Revolution – by boat tour.

Victoria Square is the focal point of the city; many major attractions are within walking distance. Find Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Shop for high-end clothing at The Mailbox, and admire the 18th-century architecture of Birmingham Cathedral.

Learn about the impact of the Industrial Revolution at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. There are interactive activities for younger visitors, including a giant hamster wheel and square-wheeled wagon.

Go to the Jewellery Quarter, just west of the city center, to learn about a centuries-old industry and shop for handcrafted pieces. Head south of the center to find chains stores and independent boutiques at the Bullring Shopping Centre.

Birmingham’s music scene comes to life during the summer months. Enjoy free concerts during the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Listen to orchestras and world-famous musicians at Symphony Hall, a venue that hosts hundreds of events throughout the year.

Take time to explore around 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares) of public green spaces. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the golf courses and boating lakes at Sutton Park, north of the city center. To the south, at Sarehole Mill, you can walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien. Both are a short train ride from the city center.

Don’t miss out on Birmingham’s culinary scene, influenced by African, Caribbean, Chinese and Indian cultures. Visit the Curry Mile in the south of the city, so called for its large concentration of Indian restaurants, and get a chocolate hit during the tasting sessions at Cadbury World.

Where to stay in Birmingham

Jewellery Quarter showing street scenes and heritage architecture

Jewellery Quarter

Shopping, restaurants and theatres highlight some of the notable features of Jewellery Quarter. Make a stop by Museum of the Jewellery Quarter while you're exploring.

Jewellery Quarter

Top hotels in Birmingham

Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Clayton Hotel Birmingham
4 out of 5
The price is HK$574 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham Hippodrome. The Mailbox ...

4.4/5Excellent! (908 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel in a brilliant central location. Staff were all attentive and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Clayton Hotel Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
Malmaison Birmingham
4 out of 5
1 Wharfside, Birmingham, England
The price is HK$669 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Alexandra, The Mailbox, and Victoria Square. Broad Street and Bullring ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,069 reviews)

"Service and property were exceptional. Staff were fantastic and couldn’t be more helpful."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Malmaison Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham
4 out of 5
The price is HK$886 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,117 reviews)

"Lovely breakfast spread and views from the hotel room. Only negative was confusion of payment for breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
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.

Holiday Rentals in Birmingham

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
4 out of 5
131 Digbeth, Birmingham, England
The price is HK$468 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of O2 Institute and Bullring Shopping Centre. The Arcadian and Birmingham Hippodrome ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (700 reviews)

"The place was very clean and exactly how it is in the pictures. The kitchen in the studio fully equipped. The staff were friendly and it was an overall good experience."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$488 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jewellery Quarter, Broad Street and Arena Birmingham. Victoria Square and International ...

4.1/5Very Good! (670 reviews)

"Stayed here for 2 nights July 2020 and it was lovely. Very quiet, big sized bed and free on road parking after 6pm on Saturday to 8am Monday. You are able to pay and display for the remaining time at around £1 per hour. It is also a 10 minute walk from city centre. It did the job and the apartment ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham Central Newhall Square
Staying Cool at  Rotunda
Staying Cool at Rotunda
4 out of 5
The price is HK$851 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Located in Birmingham City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps away from High Street and Bullring Shopping Centre. Victoria Square and The Arcadian ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (314 reviews)

"Beautiful location, great view of the city and some nice touches like fresh oranges and a juicer"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Staying Cool at Rotunda
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.

Popular places to visit in Birmingham

Cadbury World
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Cadbury World

4/5(158 reviews)

Learn about the history of one of the world’s biggest chocolate manufacturers and sample various products at this interactive chocolate and entertainment center.

Bullring Shopping Centre
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Bullring Shopping Centre

4.5/5(760 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(364 reviews)

Shop for designer clothes, sample international cuisine at waterside restaurants and watch a television show broadcast, all at this multipurpose retail center.

Top things to do in Birmingham

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

HK$247
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)
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No. 1 Lounge at Birmingham Airport (BHX)

HK$276
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Small Group Guided Full-Day Tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Oxford
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Small Group Guided Full-Day Tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Oxford

HK$1,470
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Birmingham

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
702
5 - Excellent 29.396984924623116%
4 - Good
1086
4 - Good 45.47738693467337%
3 - Okay
463
3 - Okay 19.388609715242882%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.6013400335008376%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.135678391959799%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 May 2020

Friendly people and the best city in the UK

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

I applaud the cleanliness of the area I visited

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Loads of developments and upgrading of buildings and road infrastructure etc. Road diversion routes confusing but will eventually result in the city center being a pleasant place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

We were in Birmingham for a gig just out of town but had a wander around the centre and were very impressed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Great city

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