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Birmingham


Birthplace of the industrial revolution, Birmingham is shaking off its dreary manufacturing reputation to reveal a cosmopolitan world city. Situated in the geographical heart of England, the UK's second largest metropolis is a mixed bag of cultures, dotted with a colourful array of continental eateries, modern shopping arcades, sweeping plazas and vibrant markets. Birmingham came to life in the mid 1800s as a major manufacturing town owing to the large deposits of exploitable coal and iron nearby. Despite heavy bomb damage during World War II's 'Birmingham Blitz', much industrial heritage is still present in Britain's 'canal city', which has more waterways than amorous Venice. Built over 200 years ago, the canals, which once bore the raw materials that would spawn the industrial revolution, are now principally used for pleasure and provide a moody backdrop to the historic buildings, restaurants and pubs that site alongside, most notably at charming Brindley Place and the Gas Street Basin. Churning out the likes of JRR Tolkien, Robert Plant, Black Sabbath and The Streets, the Brummies have done their fair amount of creative contribution. An impressive live music scene now illuminates the evenings and an exhaustive listing of events can be found in the free fortnightly publication, The Fly. A rich bounty of cuisine and culture make up the world renowned Balti Triangle and the curvaceous Selfridges store with its mottled futuristic 'skin' is not to be missed at the Bullring centre, a commercial hub that has been in use since the Middle Ages. For a breath of fresh air, head to one of Birmingham's five Green Flag status parks and enjoy the shade of the city's dense oak tree cover. Much of the area now covered by Birmingham's metropolis was originally the northern corner of the ancient Forest of Arden.



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Top hotels in Birmingham

Britannia Hotel Birmingham
The Birmingham Britannia Hotel is opposite Birmingham New Street Station. It offers rooms with baths and showers, Jenny’s Restaurant, where you can see the chef’s at work, and Harvey’s Bar. Rooms at the Britannia Birmingham…
Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham
This modern 4-star hotel is 500 metres from Birmingham New Street Rail Station and the Bullring shopping centre. It has stylish, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a gym. The Radisson Blu Birmingham is a…
Jurys Inn Birmingham
This modern Jurys Inn is in Birmingham city centre, within 0.5 miles of the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. It has a bar, a restaurant, a coffee bar, and large rooms with…
Jurys Inn Birmingham
This modern Jurys Inn is in Birmingham city centre, within 0.5 miles of the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. It has a bar, a restaurant, a coffee bar, and large rooms with…
Jurys Inn Birmingham
This modern Jurys Inn is in Birmingham city centre, within 0.5 miles of the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. It has a bar, a restaurant, a coffee bar, and large rooms with…
Ramada Encore Birmingham City Centre
This modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a bar. Birmingham New Street Station, the Bullring shopping centre and Mailbox shops and bars are 5 minutes' walk away. Each spacious room at Ramada Encore…
Staycity Serviced Apartments Arcadian Centre
Just a 2 minute walk from the Bullring shopping centre, the contemporary and spacious Staycity Apartments Arcadian Centre (formerly Arc Apartments) offer free Wi-Fi. An LCD TV and DVD player are provided in each living…
Premier Inn Birmingham City (Waterloo St)
About 0.5 miles from New Street and Snow Hill train stations, this central Birmingham Premier Inn is on a quiet square, with a view of St Philips Cathedral and the city. Premier Inn Birmingham City…
City Nites Birmingham
These stylish modern apartments are in Birmingham city centre, 150 metres from the National Indoor Arena (NIA). These large apartments feature free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. These City Nites apartments feature an open-plan…
Menzies Hotels Birmingham City - Strathallan
With free parking on site, this modern 4-star hotel is only 5 minutes’ drive from Birmingham city centre, with good access to all main roads. It offers free Wi-Fi access and a flat-screen TV with…