Located in the West Midlands, the metropolitan borough of Birmingham is the largest and most populated of all England. What started out as a medieval period market town, has grown into a beta - world city and England's 2nd largest higher education center. In addition, it is also an important center for conferences, events, retail and transport.Birmingham, England has received international acclaim from New York twice in the last 2 years. New York Magazine has even been quoted as telling readers to visit "Birmingham instead of London."
When to visit
Regardless of what time of year you visit, you will find that the calendar is always full of the numerous cultural festivals and events throughout Birmingham.
Some of the best events include:
• Birmingham Comedy Festival in October
• ArtsFest in September
• Moseley Folk Festival
• Birmingham International Carnival in August
• Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival in July
• British International Motor Show in May and June
• Flatpack Film Festival in March
July and August is Birmingham's peak tourist season, even though it is the hottest time of the year. This is also when travel rates and expenses are at their highest. So, if crowds, heat and budget are not issues, then you should consider checking the city out during this time. For others, April through October offers a much more pleasant experience.
Like most of the British Isles, Birmingham is home to a temperate maritime climate. At the height of summer in July, temperatures average highs around 70°F (21°C). This is in stark contrast to January, which is the height of winter and averages daily high temperatures around 44°F (6°C). In addition to this, Birmingham also experiences what is known as the urban heat island effect. Due to the high elevation and inland location, Birmingham experiences a bit more snow than similar cities throughout the UK. While snowstorms can be blown and off the North Sea, they usually come through the Cheshire gap.
With its rich history and massive size, Birmingham makes a great city to explore. However, it's a good idea to pace yourself and consider staying a few extra nights. Tours
• Coffin Works
• Villa Park Stadium Tour
• BBC Birmingham Tours
• Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House
• Central Boat Parties
• Cadbury World
• Bullring Birmingham
• ICC Mall
• SelBirmingham Rag Marketfridges
• Great Western Arcade
• The Wellington
• The Prince of Wales Moseley
• BrewDog Birmingham
• Post Office Vaults
• The Craven Arms Birmingham
Food & Drink
• Two Towers Brewery
• The Wine Tasting Company
• The Brown Lion
• Genting Club Star City
Fun & Games
• Escape Live
• Electric Cinema
• Broadway Casino
• Cannon Raceway Indoor Karting
Birmingham England is home to six universities, as well as internationally acclaimed major cultural institutions such as: the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Library of Birmingham, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. For history lovers, they also have a vibrant and influential background in art, music, literature and the culinary arts.
For those who love history and art, Birmingham is not lacking in things to see. With museums, monuments and landmarks located throughout the city, you'll never tire of simply enjoying the sites. Museums
• Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
• Barber Institute of Fine Arts
• Pen Museum
• Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
• National Motorcycle Museum
• Aston Hall
• Thinktank Science Museum
Sights & Landmarks
• Birmingham Back to Backs
• Baddesley Clinton
• Winterbourne House and Garden
• Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
• Gas Street Basin
Theater & Concerts
• Symphony Hall
• Birmingham Hippodrome
• The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd.
• Dome Club
• Crescent Theatre
Tips & Recommendations
• Thrifty travelers can save money by taking the train. There are three companies that offer routes between London and Birmingham, which means more competition for them and better savings for you.
• Birmingham has a number of free cultural venues that offer many great sights and sounds to explore.
A larger establishment, Ibis Birmingham Centre New Street offers a number of rooms to choose from. The 2-star rating indicates the price should be right for budget travelers. Take a leisurely walk toVictoria Square, a recommended attraction!
A larger establishment, Apollo Hotel offers a number of rooms to choose from. The 3-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Birmingham. You'll enjoy this prime location that's just a short distance from Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses.
If you like a larger holiday accommodation, The Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre is a good choice. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. Victoria Square and Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses are a short walk from here.
You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 4-star The Spires Birmingham. Here, you'll be close to numerous Birmingham attractions, including Victoria Square and Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses.
The modest-sized Prime Lodge offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. If you're looking for an affordable rate, 2-star rooms are available here. Aston Hall is an interesting attraction just a stroll from here.
Central Guest House is a small, intimate lodge in Birmingham. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. The nearest airport from here is Birmingham International Airport.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized Birmingham Central Backpackers - Hostel is a nice place to unwind. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). The popular attraction Victoria Square is walking-distance close.