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Welcome to Birmingham in the Heart of England! If you are visiting the City we hope you will be able to take some time out and see all that the City has to offer. Here is just a taster...

 

What to See & Do

The Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham has a character all of its own and one that you will feel straight away. It combines a world-class cultural and sporting scene, superb shopping and top attractions with fantastic nightlife and access to some of England's most beautiful countryside.

Birmingham is a city that boasts world-class arts, culture, heritage, history and attractions, with more than enough to keep even the most demanding visitor occupied.


Enjoy Birmingham's renowned cultural attractions as diverse as the Jewellery Quarter, and the many enthralling museums and galleries, such as the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which holds the largest and one of the finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the world. While you are here, discover the Barber Institute, one of the UK's finest small picture galleries, the Ikon Gallery, one of Europe's premier venues for showcasing contemporary touring works or the new Waterhall, the city's newest gallery dedicated to contemporary British art.

 

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ThinkTank Robots

Thinktank, the region's new museum of science and technology has opened at Millennium Point - the Midland's Millennium landmark project. Boasting innovative high tech games and hands on exhibitions for kids of all ages, Millennium Point also houses the region's first Imax cinema.
For more information call 0121 202 2222 or visit www.thinktank.ac
 

 

Discover a wealth of fabulous attractions in and around Birmingham, from the chocolate delights of Cadbury World, the thrill of Drayton Manor Family Theme Park, to the Black Country Living Museum and the mediaeval magic of Warwick Castle.

Birmingham is also perfectly situated as the gateway to the heart of England region and to some of England's finest scenery. Visit nearby Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, the World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge set in the beauty of rural Shropshire, the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent or the quaint villages of the Cotswolds, all within easy reach of Birmingham city centre.

Warwick Castle, just outside Birmingham is the finest mediaeval castle in England.

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Shopping  



Retail Therapy is, of course, one of Birmingham's main delights and with the mixture of restored arcades, modern malls, new retail/leisure complexes and old-fashioned markets it all adds up to the character-filled and pleasurable environment.
Bullring. Is Birmingham?s newest shopping destination, and the most exhilarating city retail experience you?ll have anywhere in Europe.

Built at a cost of over ?500 million, Bullring brings 26 football pitches worth of shops, boutiques and restaurants into the centre of town. It reintroduces some of Birmingham?s traditional streets and creates a stimulating, glass covered environment where you can shop, eat or just be.

Selfridges in the Bullring

Mailbox, in the city centre

Close to Birmingham New Street, and beside the canal basin is Mailbox, a new retail leisure experience with a huge range of restaurants, bars and shops. Here you'll find stores such as Emporio Armani, Christian Lacroix, Iceberg, and Harvey Nichols to name but a few.


With over 700 shops, the compact city centre layout is easy to get around, so you can enjoy all the benefits of shopping in the city, 7 days a week, with less of the hassle.

Alternatively, choose from the many designer stores and labels on offer in the pedestrian-friendly city centre, or visit Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter for beautiful hand-crafted jewellery at reduced prices.

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Shoppers delight at Birmingham's restored arcades


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Night Life  



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When the light goes down, the city lights up.

The warm welcome Birmingham gives its visitors carries after sunset, as the city sparkles after dark.

Begin your evening at The Water's Edge at Brindleyplace, an award-winning complex alongside the city's canal network, or Mailbox, where bars and restaurants abound again around the restored city-centre canals, or start as you mean to finish by checking out the new bars and restaurants on Broad Street - now home to venues such as the Hard Rock Caf?and Tiger Tiger as well as all the old favourites.

There are also clubs a-plenty in Birmingham, from the famous Jam House owned by Jools Holland to the award-winning nightclub Bakers, check out new arrivals such as Hard Rock Cafe, Brannigans,  or for gentlemen visit Spearmint Rhino the Rocket club or Legs 11.

Alternatively, visit the Symphony Hall for classical concerts by the world-famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra or have an evening at The Hippodrome with Birmingham Royal Ballet. You can also take in a play or a show at one of the many theatres or see the latest movies at one of the many multi-screen cinemas.

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Eating & Drinking  

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52?North

Whatever your choice, sit back and relax in one of the city's many eating and drinking venues.

Indulge in a spot of people watching over coffee at continental style pavement cafes or experience Broad Street, a busy boulevard lined with pubs, bars and restaurants. Why not visit the vibrant Arcadian centre, home of 52?North - another of Birmingham's award-winning nightspots.

The cosmopolitan nature of the city is also reflected in the range of food on offer from Mongolian to the finest French. And no trip is complete without a visit to one of the many world-famous Birmingham Balti houses scattered throughout the city.

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Transport  



Birmingham is at the heart of the United Kingdom, and is well served by all major forms of transport making travel to and from the city easy.

From the comprehensive network of regular public transport and black cabs to rail links running in all direction, nowhere is too difficult to reach.

Birmingham is also at the heart of the UK motorway system and at the centre of Britain's national coach network connecting directly to over 500 destinations.

Birmingham International Airport is one of the most accessible in Europe, handling over 7 million passengers a year and providing direct scheduled links to over 50 destinations throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Birmingham International Airport is rated among the top ten airports in the world.

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Hotels  

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The Hyatt Hotel in the centre of Birmingham

Birmingham has accommodation to suit every taste and budget. The city centre provides nearly 7,000 bed spaces ranging from the major hotel chains to a full selection of budget hotels and friendly guesthouses.

And with nearly 40,000 beds in Birmingham and the surrounding region, undoubtedly you'll be spoilt for choice.

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