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- City Guide
Birmingham is located in the West Midlands region of England, full of history and an impressive network of canals, starting from Sherborne Wharf where you will find quirky cafes and bars.
The city centre of Birmingham takes you through the historical narrow streets and experience hidden gems.
Birmingham’s New Street is full of delights, recognised for its great shopping experience; it’s an easy walk to the Bullring with high street shops and independent fashion retailers. New Street is easy walking distance to the historic Victoria Square named after no other than Queen Victoria. This is where the historic city comes to life with architectural buildings consisting of eye-catching mosaics. Also known as the fountain square known locally as ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ and is one the most paramount fountains in Europe. Take the opportunity to visit Piccadilly and Burlington Arcades in Corporation Street offering host of independent retailers, jewellers and unique places to eat and drink. Close to Cherry Street, the delightful Cathedral is located where visitors and office workers come together to experience the beautiful Cathedral gardens.
Most of Birmingham’s hotels are aimed at business travelers in the week and city breakers at the weekend. B&B’s are concentrated outside the center in Acocks Green (the south east) or Ebgbaston and Selly Oak (the south west).
Boutique hotels are a fantastic way not to spend a fortune when staying in the city. Stay at the Block Hotel offering a budget choice with a designer touch, in the modern Jewellery Quarter.
For luxury in Birmingham city centre experience the Hyatt Regency Hotel opposite the International Convention Centre. The stunning high-rise hotel is one of the few hotels in the city that combines a central location for both business and leisure, with close to a blend of amenities
Birmingham is a city packed full of different cultures and nationalities, eating out in the city is like a gastronomic tour of the world.
When it comes to Michelin Star Restaurants Birmingham now has a full five including Adam’s, Carters of Moseley, Purnell’s, Simpsons and Turners. Adam’s offers an upscale choice of acclaimed modern British tasting menus, in a chic complementary dinning room and provides the ideal setting for business or any occasion.
Birmingham’s diverse range of cuisines can be savored without spending big bucks.
Every Friday (and possibly every Saturday soon too) Digbeth Dinning Club and Habaneros come together and gather a small selection of the best street food with traders from Birmingham and beyond. This a great place to catch the likes of some local heroes such as the Original Patty Men, Andy’s Low ‘N’ Slow barbecue or Bare Bones Pizza. Just a 10 minute walk from Birmingham’s nightlife and cultural quarter. Habaneros backs on to the city’s cathedral, the grounds offer peaceful surroundings to sit and eat on a sunny day.
The commercial area of Birmingham is home to the Bull Ring shopping centre, pedestrianised are with public artworks. Split into two giant retail spaces – the East Mall and West Mall – the Bull Ring offers international brands and well known chain cafes, and the stand out engineered wonder of Selfridge which looks over the city.
Visit the stylish waterside Mailbox comes complete with designer hotels, cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, and the famous department store Harvey Nichols and independent boutiques. The super sophisticated metallic extension, The Cube houses chef Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and grill on the 25th floor.
The next big thing to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is Cadbury’s world. Aim to be educated in the world of coca and the Cadbury family, with little sweeteners along the way with free samples, displays of chocolate making machines and chocolate themed rides. Surrounded by the sweet-smelling chocolate works, is the charming Bourneville Village built by the kind hearted Cadbury family to accommodate the early 20th Century factory workers.
Victoria Square was given a facelift in 1993, modern sphinxes the fountain is topped by a naked female figure, nicknamed locally ‘the floozy in the Jacuzzi’.
Be sure to visit Birmingham Repertory theatre (or Rep as its known by locals) founded more than a century ago and today has three performance spaces. The main house contains a 300 seat studio theatre that presents inspiring dramas and musicals.
Fancy seeing a film? inspired by Electric cinema act-deco sign, the UK’s oldest working cinema, operating since 1909. Sit back, relax and watch art-house films whilst being waited upon in plush two-seater sofas or have a drink in the small bar, complete with its own absinthe fountain.
Or maybe music is your thing, the city’s Symphony Hall is the official home to the city of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy performances from world renowned classical, rock and pop artists to award winning comedians for a night to remember.
The Jewellery Quarter dates back over 200 years. It is known as the home of British Jewellery, with growing arts scene, and great restaurants and bars.
Warwick Castle can’t be missed, a medieval castle built by William the Conqueror in 1086 makes for a fantastic day out. The castle has been turned into a theme park where visitors can experience and be surrounded by history, magic, myth and adventure. Throughout the year there is a fantastic programme of events including birds of prey, jousting and the world’s largest trebuchet in action.
- Useful directions
- From the north-west (Stafford, Stoke, Manchester, Liverpool): Take the M6, M6 Toll, M42
- From the north-east (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds): Take the M1, M42
- From the east (Coventry, Northampton): Take the M6, M42
- From the south-east (Banbury, Oxford, Bicester, London): M40, M42
- From the south-west (Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol): M5, M4
- Find licensed Black Cabs outside directly outside the airport 24 hours a 365 days a year.
Birmingham Airport is at the heart of the UK motorway network providing easy access to all routes around the UK. Travelling by train the airport is connected Birmingham International Station. Travel by bus, taxis are also available around the clock every day of the week.
There are number of bus services from the airport including;
- 900/900A (connecting Birmingham and Coventry)
- 966 (connecting Erdington and Solihull)
- 97/97A (Birmingham City Centre to Birmingham Airport – 24/7)
- 75/75A (connecting Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham International Station)
- 91 (connecting Chelmsley Wood and Birmingham International Station
- Birmingham Airport is directly connected to over 100 towns and cities in the UK via Birmingham’s International Station.
- There is a free ‘Air-Rail Link’ (Tram) that takes around 2 minutes to get to the station and operates at different times daily.
- Rail Services operate regularly from Birmingham International to a range of destinations by a number of operators including; Virgin Train, Cross Country, Avvia Trains.