Visit Birmingham

As England’s Second City, Birmingham can, apart from the sea, offer virtually everything that any tourist is looking for. It has easy access from anywhere in the world with its Birmingham International Airport operating within easy distance of the city. There are motorway links in abundance from anywhere in the country in the form of the M1, M5, M6, and M42 all linking to other motorways on route to Birmingham. Its intercity rail link also provides access to Birmingham, from effectively all major English, Scottish and Welsh cities.

For the swimmers, although Birmingham has no sea, there are well-established swimming amenities available in the City.

For visitors interested in Birmingham’s nightlife it offers Pubs, Bars, Clubs, Night Clubs and Restaurants in abundance, and without doubt, if that’s your inclination, the place to start your search for this type of evening entertainment would be Broad Street.

If you do venture into Broad Street, have a look at the gilded bronze memorial statue of the famous trio, Boulton, Watt, and Murdoch, three individuals who played a major role in the 1700’s Industrial Revolution.

Also walk side by side with Broad Street’s famous Walk of Stars, including Lenny Henry, Frank Skinner, Julie Walters, Jasper Carrot, Noddy Holder, and Ozzy Osbourne. To view, all the celebrities awarded a place in the Birmingham Walk of Stars, don’t look up, look down as the names are incorporated in the paved footways on both sides of Broad Street. Currently, you should find sixteen specially named inlaid stones, however, as more celebrities have been nominated, this number will, without doubt, increase.

For the food cognisors amongst us, Birmingham can offer restaurants, including Michelin Star award winners in the shape of Purnell’s, Turner’s, and Simpson’s, plus restaurants offering food from all quarters of the world. It also has a vibrant Chinese Quarter offering numerous mouth-watering dishes, in the shape of a la carte, buffet, or set menus. For those who are simply British in their choice of food, you will not be disappointed in its availability.

There are numerous hotels, to suit all pockets, offering full board, half board, and bed & breakfast, these range from penthouse suites to the standard and simple family rooms. For the keep fit fanatics amongst us, there are also hotels offering a wide range of fitness choices, including spa, swimming, tennis, and other keep-fit activities.

Most offer either onsite parking facilities or local car parking in secure areas, with some hotels even covering the parking fees. On arrival, if you don’t fancy driving from your accommodation, there are excellent bus and taxi services readily available for your Visit Birmingham tour.

For those away supporters visiting Birmingham to watch Premiership Football at Villa Park or Birmingham City, St Andrews, County or International Cricket at Edgbaston, Speedway at Birmingham Brummies, or Championship League Rugby Union at Moseley and also Birmingham & Solihull, International Tennis Tournaments at the Priory or International Golf at the Belfry, why not make a long weekend of it and Visit Birmingham, its nightlife and/or anything else that takes your fancy?

With shopping available to suit all pockets, Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise offering numerous department stores, high street shops, and shopping malls in abundance with the likes of Selfridges, Debenhams, Arcadian, House of Fraser, Bhs, Primark, The Palisades, The Great Western Arcade, The Mail Box, one of the city’s premier shopping, lifestyle and restaurant location with over fifty exclusive stores, restaurants, cafĂ© bars and hotels to choose from. The Bull Ring shopping center and its adjacent markets are also well worth a visit. Also, have a venture around the Custard Factory a short walk from the Bull Ring.

For those looking for things to do and see, why not try the National Sea Life Centre, The Ikon Contemporary Art Gallery, Millennium Point, which celebrates Science, Technology, and Education, also in the same building is the IMAX Cinema and Think Tank, with four floors of interactive displays, the most modern of science museums and its Planetarium is a paradise for the inquiring minds of today’s young children and teenagers. For the artists and art lovers, there is also the Barber Institute of Fine Arts featuring works from the 13th to 20th century, including Old Masters and Impressionist collections.

Before your visit why not check out what shows are on offer throughout Birmingham at such venues as the National Indoor Arena, the Symphony Hall, with its world-famous acoustics, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre, the Birmingham Hippodrome, the LG Arena, the Old Repertory Theatre, the Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham’s O2 Academy, the numerous events on offer at the National Exhibition Centre and the various and varied events organized and arranged annually by Birmingham City Council and then plan your visit to Birmingham accordingly?