THINGS TO DO IN BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham is packed with fabulous attractions for all ages and interests, including the National SEA LIFE Centre, the Thinktank science museum and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Our landmark hotel is in the perfect location for anyone wanting to try out all there is to do in this lively city, from exploring historic neighbourhoods to sampling the local pubs.
For starters, Birmingham is a shopper's paradise. The Bullring houses many well-known department stores and brands, including a branch of Selfridges set within a curved structure adorned with 15,000 shiny aluminium discs. If you're craving a more upmarket experience, the nearby Mailbox shopping complex features high-end designer shops, such as Harvey Nichols.
When the sun goes down, head for the pubs, clubs and restaurants of Chinatown, the Gay Village, Broad Street or Brindleyplace to enjoy the best of the city's exuberant nightlife.
Experience exciting eventsThere's always something going on in Birmingham. Sports fans staying here will find plenty to cheer about. Catch a test match at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, watch Aston Villa Football Club at Villa Park or Birmingham City Football Club at St. Andrews – there's always a great atmosphere at the matches.
The lively music scene in Birmingham caters for all musical tastes. Enjoy everything from pop, rock and indie performances to internationally renowned classical concerts at the O2 Academy, the Barclaycard Arena and Symphony Hall.
For a spot of culture, you can watch a play or musical at the Alexandra or Old Rep theatres, or see a performance by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Hippodrome, which also stages opera, comedy and dramas.