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Featured Birmingham Hotels

Birmingham's pubs and clubs are famously lively, the streets buzz with culture and commerce, and the grand old canals are lined with scenic cycle paths.

You can fill up on spicy Balti curry – an Indian dish created right here in the West Midlands – then head out for a night of theatre, comedy or live music. From international festivals to world-class shopping, "Brum" has a lot to shout about.

Birmingham: city layout
Many of Birmingham's Georgian and Victorian buildings can be taken in while strolling or cycling along the city's 35 miles of canals.

The striking Bullring shopping centre is a modern landmark on the site of an ancient marketplace. Great Charles Street Queensway is a testament to the fast-moving present, while the baroque St. Phillip's Cathedral and Victoria Square stand as proud reminders of the city's history.

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In the centre of Birmingham, you can admire the city's stateliest buildings in and around Victoria Square. The former post office at Victoria Square House is a French Renaissance-style marvel. Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall is open daily for tours and hosts regular classical concerts. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery makes for a rewarding wander on a rainy afternoon.

The square is also home to one of the largest fountains in Europe, with water features designed by Dhurva Mistry. Anthony Gormley's Iron: Man sculpture is a tribute to Birmingham's industrial legacy. In December, crystal lamps light the plaza and the air fills with the aromas of marzipan and bratwurst during the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market.

The Cadbury World experience incorporates 3D video storytelling, interactive theatre, a kids' play area, and a fun exhibition on the humble cocoa bean.

The concierge recommends…

  • A tour of a local sports stadium. Cricket fans will want to walk the historic ground at Edgbaston. Football fans can visit St. Andrews or Villa Park.
  • Kings Heath, Highbury and Cannon Hill are Brum's most popular urban parks.
  • A scenic guided route along the canals, from Sherborne Wharf through the city centre.
  • The galleries, boutiques and vintage-style sweet shops inside the former Bird's Custard factory.


Hotels in Birmingham

Central Birmingham hotels range from basic and business-friendly to boutique options with terrace views. Either way, you'll have easy access to buzzing bars, pubs and clubs, as well as the city's main culture hotspots.

Near Birmingham New Street Station is The Cube – a multi-story hub of offices, apartments, bars and restaurants with an in-house hotel. Designed by local architect Ken Shuttleworth, its gold and bronze geometric façade really stands out.

There are hotels around the Bullring to suit shoppers on a spending spree and budget-conscious bargain-hunters alike. A room in Snow Hill puts you close to Colmore Business District, with links to New Street for the airport train.

Eating Out in Birmingham

Migrants have come across the world to live in Birmingham, particularly from the Indian subcontinent. And they've brought their cultures and cuisines with them. Visitors to Brum can literally taste this diversity whenever they go out to eat.

The basic ingredients of the sizzling balti curry may originate in Pakistan, but the story goes that this popular dish was invented here in Birmingham. In the city's Balti Triangle, you'll find curry houses with their own variations on the recipe, and shops where you can buy the spices and balti pots to make your own at home.

The Chinese Quarter on the Southside is equally famous for its Far Eastern markets and menus.
If you'd like to taste the best of British cuisine, Purnell's in the city centre has earned a Michelin star for its innovative use of local ingredients. Other starred properties include Simpsons, a Georgian dining room in leafy Edgbaston, and adam's, owned by super-skilled chef Adam Stokes.

The Fine Food Market is well worth checking out in Victoria Square on alternate Wednesdays.

The chef recommends...

  • Balti: A medium-hot curry dish cooked over a high flame with a rich spiced gravy. You can even get balti pie at a football game.
  • Pork scratchings: They may sound unappetising but these crispy, roasted pig skin snacks go down well with a pint of local Two Towers ale.
  • Savoury Ducks: These local delicacies are not ducks at all but offal dumplings made from liver, heart and other underused cuts of meat. They're great with mashed potato, mushy peas and plenty of gravy.

Shopping in Birmingham

The iconic Selfridges building, Piccadilly Arcade and the elegant Great Western Arcade are all clustered close together for shopping expeditions in the city centre.

The Bullring forms the main hub of Birmingham retail culture, with more than 150 shops – including the upmarket Harvey Nichols – and plenty of places to eat and drink. Local artists show their work at colourful stalls near the entrance.

The Jewellery Quarter near Hockley is lined with historic buildings, many of which have been home to gem sellers, cutters and polishers for over 200 years.

At Piccadilly Arcade in New Street you'll find beauty salons, fashion boutiques and gift shops under gorgeous hand-painted ceilings.

Birmingham's coolest places to shop

  • Custard Factory: You can spend hours browsing for vintage clothes, records and antiques in the shops that now occupy this old manufacturing plant.
  • Brumhaus: Designer Alex Edwards provides a distinctive Midlands take on Bauhaus, with cityscapes printed on bags, cushions, prints and mugs.
  • Cornbill photographs: Tim Cornbill, local photographer and architect, has an eye for the beauty of urban post-industrial Britain.

Culture & Nightlife in Birmingham

By day, Birmingham is one of the UK's most vibrant cultural centres, with museums in Georgian and Victorian buildings and cutting-edge spaces for modern art. By night, the city's fizzing energy is centred on the pubs, clubs and music venues of Broad Street.

Entry is free to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where you can see the world's biggest collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings. Also free is the widely acclaimed Ikon gallery of contemporary art (except for special ticketed exhibitions). Right nearby is Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which hosts Shakespeare classics and fresh new plays.

Barclaycard Arena is a major national concert venue that has hosted top rock, pop and comedy acts from Brian Wilson and One Direction to the popular British funnyman Michael McIntyre.

Movie-lovers flock to Electric Cinema, an Art Deco picture house built in 1909, for regular screenings of classic and indie films. And Birmingham's legendary Broad Street is a long parade of entertainment options, from long-standing city pubs to the massive Gatecrasher nightclub.

The friendly, lively Birmingham Gay Village is based around Hurst Street and always makes for a fun night out.

The best live shows in Birmingham

  • Hare & Hounds: Combine a few pints at the pub with a night of live music at the Hare & Hounds, where local reggae heroes UB40 played their first gig.
  • Glee Club: Brummies are well-known for their sense of humour and the laughter is infectious at this popular comedy venue. You can also get a good meal here and make a night of it.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: This impressive performance space sells more tickets per year than any single London West End theatre, hosting ballets, operas and blockbusting musicals.

Visiting Birmingham with family

Besides the big-city treats that Birmingham has to offer, you also have nature trails to wander down and parklands to picnic in. The lush countryside of the West Midlands begins at the edge of town.

The region gets a lot of rain, but you can always take shelter in the multiplex cinema or bowling alley at Broadway Plaza. And despite being right in the middle of England, more than 100 miles from the nearest coast, Birmingham is also home to the National Sea Life Centre, where kids can meet Gentoo penguins and 60 other species of aquatic creatures.

Children over eight can race go-karts around the tracks at Teamworks Karting or Grand Prix Karting. Littler ones can embark on a thrilling ascent at Creation Indoor Climbing Centre, where fully qualified instructors teach basic skills to kids as young as four.

The whole family can get to know the city at their own pace for free with a choice of self-guided Mystery Treasure Trails. Simply download the route and off you go.

Family Attractions - Tips

Latest Birmingham Hotel Reviews

Average Rating for Birmingham Hotel
(4.2 / 5) of 14119 reviews
Damp towels!
By johnwmbe
Typical Holidy Inn stay: standard, reliable if a little bland. Excellent beds son a gret night's sleep. Helpful staff. A argument amongst guests in the middle of the night in the corridor was swiftly [More] by quietly sorted. But damp towels. Given the attempts today to reduce laundry we were faced with the choice of damp or fresh towels on our second morning because there is no heated towel rail. Our evening snack - we'd had a decent lunch out - was served in a most friendly and efficient manor. Many thanks. [Less]
Warm and friendly staff
By Chessey1
Comfortable rooms .. like the new bathrooms. The staff are brilliant and always look after me. [Less]
Nioce stay
By Hon Comp Sec
Very comfortable hotel, shame about cold eggs at breakfast. [Less]
Great hotel
By Bowling_Tavener
Really enjoyable stay, good friendly staff, comfortable room and no noise. There was nothing at all during our stay that I could criticise about the Hotel or Staff. Stay was great value for money, [More] and well worth the upgrade to the Suite. As a family all sharing the suite we had plenty of room for all four of us. [Less]
Buisness Visit
By KeithPJ
The hotel was of a very good standard. The quality of the restaurant food was very high. The only comment that I would make was that the service was a little slow. When dining on your own there is no [More] need for long gaps between courses [Less]
Another great stay
By Megabyte
I stayed at the hotel for three nights in mid November. The stay was as good as previous stays. I was welcomed as a special guest, with all the staff greeting me as I passed them in the morning or in [More] the day. It makes a great base, easy to get to away from the bustle of the A45 but close enough to it for travel. The hotel was clean and welcoming. and the atmosphere was very good. I was able to book for several more visits. [Less]
Great stay
By Andrew958
Staff very friendly and hotel was clean and comfortable. [Less]
Room good but being charged extra for car parking not so
By Cheviothighrunner
Room was excellent value, clean and comfortable, breakfast was up to the normal standard except for one morning when a slice of bread was mouldy, pointed this out to a member of staff who took it [More] away and checked the rest in case of anymore if I had not turned the slice over I may have toasted it. I was not happy to have to pay £3 a night to park my car in the hotel car park which was never full during our stay even though I knew of the charge before booking if this charge had been on the room rate no problem but to have to pay at the end of our stay I believe is wrong having traveled nearly 250 miles to get there. [Less]
Another night in a Holiday inn
The only negative I have is that this hotel costs me more than the Holiday inn express in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf where I often stay ,as a business user the internet needs to be improved and access [More] simplified [Less]

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