Birmingham travel guide

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You're Going to Love Birmingham

The second largest city in the UK, Birmingham is a unique and exciting destination. The city has evolved from its industrial past to become bigger, better, and bolder than ever.

Exceptional shopping centers, world-class galleries, great festivals and events, and an amazing network of canals and waterways - Birmingham offers visitors a pleasant surprise at every turn.

What Birmingham lacks in historic attractions, it more than makes up for with art galleries like the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Ikon, and Aston Hall and museums and cultural centers like the Thinktank, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, and Cadbury World.

Whether you're planning a family vacation or a romantic city break, there are lots of excellent reasons to consider a stay in Birmingham.

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Top activities & attractions in Birmingham

When to Visit Birmingham

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The city enjoys four distinct seasons and each is an excuse to discover Birmingham in a different light, something that will appeal to art enthusiasts. However, the summer season from May to the end of August is the best time to plan a vacation, particularly if you want to visit the beautiful parks or stroll by the canals. Christmas is popular too, thanks to the city's amazing range of shopping malls and stores.

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How to Get to Birmingham

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Where to Stay in Birmingham

There is accommodation to suit every budget in Birmingham, from hostels like Birmingham Central Backpackers and Hatters to upmarket hotels like Hotel du Vin or superior serviced apartments like Staying Cool. Other luxury options include Radisson Blu, the Marriott, and the Crowne Plaza while popular mid-range hotels such as Ibis and the Hilton Garden Inn in the Brindleyplace development are ideal for family vacations or business trips. Expect to pay £45 per night for a mid-range hotel.

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Shopping Streets

The Bullring Centre is one of the largest shopping malls in the UK with over 160 shops, including Selfridges, and 25 restaurants. Other shopping malls include the Mailbox where you can browse the latest designer fashions in Harvey Nichols and the Mailbox, home to the John Lewis department store and Foyles bookstore. Try the Oasis in Corporation Street for alternative clothing or spend the day having a custom piece made for you in the Jewellery Quarter.

Groceries and Other

The city's supermarket chains include Morrison's, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, and Sainsbury's and convenient neighborhood grocery shops and 7-11 stores open late in most areas. Expect to pay £1.80 for a dozen eggs and £0.96 for a liter of milk. For baby food and toiletries, try Boots, Lloyd's, and Superdrug.

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Where to Eat in Birmingham

The city's famous Balti Triangle from Ladypool Road to Stratford Road is the place for lovers of South Asian cuisine. Popular Balti houses include Al Frash Balti, Adil's, and Grameen Khana. For a special curry, try award-winning restaurant Lasan or treat yourself to the finest cuisine at one of Birmingham's Michelin-starred restaurants like Simpsons in Edgbaston or Carters of Moseley. Expect to pay £10 - 15 for a meal in a good basic restaurant.