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About Birmingham

Birmingham, with a population of 1.1 million is Britain’s second largest city after London. Originally a market town, it grew exponentially in the wake of the industrial revolution to become ‘the workshop of the world’. Consequently it has a diverse economic and cultural feel and waves of commonwealth immigration have resulted in a rich ethnic mix. During the last war Birmingham was a major target and thus there has been much rebuilding in the intervening years - and some serious regeneration recently. The best places to stay in Birmingham give the visitor prime position to discover the delights of this most interesting of modern cities.

Post war reconstruction led to the city centre becoming something of a concrete jungle and Birmingham was still suffering from the decline of its traditional manufacturing and heavy industries. This has now all changed. The economy is predominantly service based and the city is regarded globally as a major transport, retail, conference and events hub. It boasts six universities and five Michelin starred restaurants. It’s Orchestra, Ballet, Repertory theatre and (new) Library enjoy international reputations. There is a thriving arts scene.

There are endless avenues of interest in the reemergent Birmingham, from its state of the art new library and the stunning new New Street station to the old Symphony Hall. One of the finest collections of Pre Raphaelite art is to be found in one of the many public galleries. Birmingham has come a long way from the old canals and the Grand Junction Railway Company!

Deservedly it is the fourth most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, so if you want to make sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Birmingham, get organised and book well ahead.

What not to miss:

  • Visit the Library of Birmingham, an impressive building both on the outside and on the inside.
  • Scour the vintage and boutique shops at Birmingham's hip shopping arcade, The Custard Factory.
  • Take a relaxing cruise along the canal.
  • Watch a movie in the UK's oldest running cinema, The Electric Cinema.
  • Make a trip to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery housing an impressive range of as many as 40 permanent galleries that showcase applied arts, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

For just outside the city

  • New Hall Hotel and Spa is a grand manor house turned luxury hotel, dating back 600 years and complete with moat. Plus there's a great spa, gym and AA rosette restaurant.

For city centre chic

  • Hotel du Vin - situated right in the heart of the city this gentleman’s club style boutique hotel has everything on its doorstep. Inside the decor is sophisticated while still being child and pet friendly.

For an apartment or holiday home

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner, Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to Birmingham Airport with good connections across UK, Europe and beyond. For rail, there are three city centre stations providing fast and frequent connections to both local and national destinations.
  • Best time to visit - Birmingham is a year round destination with each season bringing its own charm but for the best chance at warm days visit in the summer months of May - August.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.

Still not sure where to book?

Best Hotels in Birmingham

  • New Hall Hotel & Spa 60 rooms from $124


    6oo year old moated manor turned country house hotel just outside Birmingham. Sixty spacious bedrooms traditionally decorated, but with all modern amenities. Great spa facilities and 2 AA Rosette standard dining.

    Sights nearby  -  Just six miles from the centre of Birmingham
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
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  • Hotel du Vin, Birmingham 66 rooms from $150

    Birmingham (West Midlands)

    Part of the 'Hotel Du Vin' chain, the staff here know what they are doing. Service is excellent and rooms are spacious, decorated in a gentleman's club style. Brown leathers and dark colours, many with large roll-top baths. The cuisine is modern French with private dining available. Bon appetit!

    Great walks  -  Through Birmingham's peaceful Botanical Gardens. A haven in the heart of England's second largest city.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic Aston Hall is well worth a visit.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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