Draw inspiration from the glass roof and intricate metalwork of the intriguing Gas Hall at the neoclassical Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The domed Round Room holds elegant Pre-Raphaelite art alongside ancient artifacts and contemporary photography.
Hunt for sparkling gems in the beautifully restored Jewellery Quarter, England's centre for jewel and coin production in the early 20th century. Today's shoppers take on the Bullring, home to a Selfridges store that recalls a giant, melting golf ball.
The Jacobean-style Aston Hall has now reopened. This sumptuous mansion is set in lush gardens 8 miles from Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC and still shows signs of the attack by parliamentary troops in 1643 when a cannonball flew in through an open window.
Don't Go Home Without
Catching a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, 30 minutes' drive away. Innovative and intimate in equal measure, these scintillating performances take place in a gorgeous setting by the river at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Birmingham International rail station is 15 minutes' walk from Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC, where city-centre trains take 10 minutes. Our Concierge can book tickets to shows and concerts at the LG Arena and NEC complex, both within a few minutes' walk.