Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, about a mile from the hotel, has scores of listed buildings within its boundaries, along with over 100 jewellery shops. You can admire the architecture as you shop for something sparkly and browse art galleries. Take a break at one of the area's many bars and cafés, or have a picnic in Georgian St. Paul’s square, which bursts with flowers in summer.
There’s always something new at IKON, a contemporary art gallery less than half a mile from the hotel. Set in a Neo-Gothic former school building, IKON hosts rotating art exhibitions and guest speakers. It also aims to engage the community with special events, such as recent “Instameets” gatherings which encouraged locals to snap and submit photos for an exhibition. Admission is free.
Thanks to the hotel's central location in Birmingham, you can walk to most attractions – just ask our friendly staff for a map and directions. Grand Central train station is a main line station and trains are available to most main cities in the UK. If you're keen to explore the West Midlands area, you'll find plenty of regional trains, trams and buses.
It’s just a five minute stroll from the hotel to The Mailbox, an upscale shopping centre with restaurants and a cinema. You can browse designer fashions at Harvey Nichols or recover from a long day of meetings with a spa treatment. You can also tour Birmingham's BBC headquarters.
Birmingham's cultural offerings include top-notch theatre and musical performances. Five minutes’ walk from the hotel, Symphony Hall puts on classical performances and hosts major concerts, while the Birmingham Repertory Theatre produces works from new and established playwrights. A 10-minute walk from the hotel, Hippodrome Theatre Birmingham hosts opera, ballet and touring West End musicals.
Birmingham - The Waters Edge, 3 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL
Located in the heart of the city, The National Sealife Centre Birmingham will transport you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose-to-nose with sharks and prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. A fantastic day for all the family Purchase tickets online or direct for the day you wish to go.
84 Linden Road, Bourneville, Birmingham, B30 1JR
Cadbury World is a visitor attraction giving a fun packed day out for all the family, featuring a self-guided exhibition tour, created and run by the Cadbury chocolate company. Please check the website to ensure the opening times on the day, tickets can easily be purchased online or direct at the venue.
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7EX
Thinktank is...... Everything you thought you knew about the world - but did not! Find out about your world and yourself in our ten themed, hands-on galleries. Surprising! And sometimes downright disgusting!! The perfect family day out. Try it! Allow 2-4 hours for your visit to Thinktank,25 minutes for a Planetarium show. Cinema films vary from 40 mins to 120 mins. Check schedule for details.Tickets are valid only on the day of purchase and can be used to re-enter Thinktank throughout the day.
King Edwards Road, Birmingham, B1 2AA
The Utilita Arena is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue. The Arena is situated in central Birmingham and is home to everything from record breaking sports to Mickey Mouse and friends; from the latest pop sensations to side splitting comedy from some of the world’s best comics.