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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, 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. The Orchestra, Ballet, Repertory theatre and (new) Library enjoy international reputations. There is also a thriving arts scene.

There are endless avenues of interest in the re-emergent Birmingham, from its state of the art new library and the stunning 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!

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.

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.

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

  • 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 from across the UK, Europe and beyond. For rail travel 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 Rentalcars for the best prices.

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Best Hotels in Birmingham

  • Malmaison Birmingham Birmingham 193 rooms from £86

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent Victoria Square nearby to the hotel.
    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from Birmingham Christmas Market.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Central location and comfortable rooms are the name of the game at the Malmaison in Birmingham. Featuring excellent rooms, a restaurant and a number of spa therapies, Malmaison is perfect for those looking for a good value option in the centre of town. See More

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  • Hotel Indigo Birmingham Birmingham 52 rooms from £94

    Local markets  -  If you are here in the festive season, head to the nearby Birmingham Christmas Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Go and explore Birmingham's nearby Chinese Quarter.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Immediately striking on the eye, Hotel Indigo is the epitome of a modern hotel. Sleek rooms, an indoor pool, deluxe spa and excellent restaurant form the bedrock of this classy establishment. See More

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  • New Hall Hotel & Spa Birmingham 60 rooms from £95

    Restaurant  -  Fine dining and Brasserie for more relaxed meals
    Sights nearby  -  Just six miles from the centre of Birmingham
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
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    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. See More

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  • Saint Pauls House Birmingham from £99

    Restaurant  -  Both casual and formal dining is available throughout the day.
    Sights nearby  -  St Paul's Church is right on the doorstep.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Restaurant, Bar and Boutique Hotel in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. All-suite luxury accommodation boasts contemporary decor with waterfall showers as standard. All day restaurant for casual or formal dining and the bar has a wide range of cocktails. Ideal for business or leisure. See More

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  • The Highfield Townhouse Birmingham 12 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  Head into town and explore the sights and sounds of the UK's second largest city.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a walk through the nearby Botanical Gardens.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Delightful townhouse hotel just a short way from Birmingham city centre. The rooms have an easy elegance and the hotel's restaurant serves a delicious array of seasonal food. A great base for a weekend trip to Birmingham. See More

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  • Hotel du Vin, Birmingham Birmingham (West Midlands) 66 rooms from £115

    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.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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! See More

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  • The Edgbaston Birmingham 6 rooms from £140

    Great walks  -  Enjoy a walk through the nearby Botanical Gardens.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Snazzy and stylish, The Edgbaston is an excellent option for a visit to Birmingham. Boasting plush rooms, an atmospheric bar and a superb restaurant. It's a great choice for a weekend in the city of a thousand trades. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel Birmingham Birmingham 185 rooms from £149

    City Style  -  Victorian grandeur and Art Deco style combine to make this Birmingham's hottest hotel destination
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant Isaac's offers American comfort food and brasserie classics
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    A grand Victorian hotel with bags of history and striking Art Deco style. Beautifully renovated rooms have all their original splendour but feel fresh and contemporary. A casual brasserie lies in another impressive room downstairs while the cocktail bar gives a flavour of a bygone era. Very chic. See More

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  • Hampton Manor Hotel Birmingham (Hampton in Arden) 12 rooms from £190

    Sights nearby  -  Head into Birmingham for the day and see all that the city has to offer: Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre, and more
    Great walks  -  Go for a stroll through the lovely Malvern & Brueton Park
    Back to Nature  -  Hampton Manor is set amidst 45 acred of woodland
    Full of character
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    A Gothic fantasy with new life breathed into it. Unparalleled service. Food to die for. Luxurious rooms. And plenty to entertain. Located within striking distance of Solihull and Birmingham. The ultimate getaway for foodies and romantics. See More

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  • Grace and Savour Birmingham 5 rooms from £450

    Restaurant  -  15 course tasting menu
    Organic food

    Grace and Savour is a fabulous restaurant with rooms (part of Hampton Manor, the foodie destination), offering an extraordinary 15 course tasting menu. The timber yard suites provide super-comfy scandi chic design plus large concrete soaking tubs and lovely views over a wild garden. A serious treat! See More

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