Birmingham is a multi-faceted modern metropolis, where centuries-old churches stand alongside architecturally adventurous mosques, and where a diverse population fuels a famously eclectic dining scene. You can enjoy the city's growing art scene at places like the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, while shoppers will find one of the UK's finest shopping malls, The Bullring, in the city centre.

Birmingham is the birthplace of the Balti, so a fiery Indian feast should definitely be on your to-do list while you're in town. And the city heats up after dark, with an array of cosy real ale pubs, chic cocktail bars and pulsing nightclubs to crawl between.

What to see & do in Birmingham

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The best things to do in Birmingham continually evolve along with the progress of this former-industrial city in the West Midlands. You can enjoy live theatrical performances staged in world-class venues. And if the weather's nice, you can head to one of the many urban parks surrounding the city centre.Plenty of seasonal events and festivals are held throughout the year, bringing different experiences for visitors to enjoy in Birmingham. The...

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Where & what to eat in Birmingham

The dining scene in Birmingham has grown massively in recent years, with more high-end cuisine joining the diverse range of pan-Asian options that the city has long been known for. Thanks to the cosmopolitan nature of the city, classic highlights of dining in Birmingham include Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and Indian food along Curry Mile. Both of these options are highly recommended for a delicious meal in Birmingham.   More modern options,...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Birmingham

Birmingham’s best shopping is found in and around the Bullring shopping mall and the pedestrianised roads leading off it, like New Street and Corporation Street. For discount and trendy vintage clothes, head to the Rag Market on the way to Digbeth – this area is popular with the large student population that calls Birmingham home.   For something more precious, take a look around the aptly named Jewellery Quarter. This neighbourhood was...

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This section contains important Birmingham information to help you get to know the UK's 2nd city while planning your travel itinerary.  Birmingham plays a vital role in the culture and commerce of the country. Sitting in the West Midlands, the city has been a centre of industry for generations, which is something the locals take as a point of pride. The Industrial Revolution started not far from the city, which gave...

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Find diverse shopping, cutting-edge art and a global dining scene on a Birmingham city break. Book a Birmingham hotel to enjoy this lively West Midlands city.

Shopping central

Re-defining Birmingham’s cityscape near New Street Station is the curved exterior of the Bullring Centre, clad in gleaming discs like a sequinned dress. Housing 160 stores, the complex includes four floors of Selfridges and designer shopping like Armani and Hugo Boss concentrated in the stylish Mailbox mall. For vintage finds and organic food head to Digbeth’s Sunday Flea, in the Custard Factory art hub, south of the centre.

Culture hub

The innovative Ikon Gallery in the city centre Brindleyplace shows off the latest in contemporary art in a glorious neo-Gothic schoolhouse. Its sister gallery, Ikon Eastside, lies in regenerated Digbeth to the south. Behind the Victorian facade of the free-entry Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the world’s largest pre-Raphaelite collection. Modern art masterpieces reside in St Paul’s Gallery, north of centre in the Jewellery Quarter. Book tickets at Symphony Hall to hear classical pieces performed by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The Electric Cinema’s global film programme and the Birmingham Hippodrome are popular with film buffs and theatregoers. 

World cuisine

For sublime curries, the Balti Triangle of Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Moseley in south Birmingham is a must on a Birmingham city break. Take your own drink as most restaurants are unlicensed. Chinatown, near the Bullring, is crammed with great-value Oriental eateries. In the summer, nothing beats alfresco dining by Brindleyplace’s canals. For Michelin-starred food, order guinea fowl and Devonshire crab at city centre Purnell’s restaurant.

Family-friendly fun

Over 200 hands-on exhibits bring science and history alive at Thinktank at Millennium Point, north of the Bullring. Star-gaze inside its state-of-the-art Planetarium. At the National Sealife Centre by Brindleyplace, sharks, rays and sea turtles are among the residents of the million-litre ocean tunnel. Also don’t miss its Sensorama 4D cinema where you can even smell the seaweed. Four miles from central Birmingham is Cadbury World. Experience a virtual chocolate rain shower and stock up in the world's largest Cadbury store.

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