Birmingham at a glance
- Visit Birmingham and indulge your inner kid at Cadbury World, the famous chocolate factory where you can order a liquid pot of choc with your choice of sweet treat added, from marshmallows to moreish candies.
- Home to many architectural gems, the futuristic Library of Birmingham and gleaming Selfridges Bullring shopping centre are two modern triumphs not to be missed.
- The city is renowned for its dining scene, which ranges from the flavourful family-run eateries of Balti Triangle to its Michelin-star restaurants.
- For something a little different, explore the city by canal boat – Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice and there’s plenty of beautiful scenery to take in. While you're at it, why not visit the National Sea Life Centre and be wowed by the marine life on display?
- Did you know? Around 40 per cent of British jewellery is made in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. The historic district is the perfect place to pick up pieces direct from makers’ workshops.
- You might like to stay here a night or 2 on your way to the home of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, which is 1 hour south by train.
- VisitBirmingham offers a wealth of useful information to help plan your trip.
- Birmingham is a convenient 1 hour 25 minutes by train from London. It also has an international airport.
Things to do in Birmingham
- Exclusively available on the VisitBritain Shop. Free entry to over 300 historic properties – a great value way to explore British heritageFrom £33.00
- Unlimited access to more than 100 of the most important places in English history!From £35.00
- Low-cost WiFi access wherever you are - avoid mobile data charges and fees for hotel WiFiFrom £5.70
- See behind-the-scenes at the magical world of Harry Potter, including a bus from BirminghamFrom £85.00
Where is Birmingham?
Snug in the heart of the West Midlands, Birmingham is a two-hour train ride from London. It’s also home to Birmingham International Airport, which is served by major airlines including Air India, Qantas and Emirates.
Getting around Birmingham
- With two major stations – Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International – it’s easy to reach the city by train from destinations across Britain.
- An extensive bus, tram and train network means it’s easy to travel around Birmingham 24/7
- Keen cyclist? With traffic free bicycle routes aplenty, Birmingham’s beautiful when explored by bike