Introducing the city

3 * Hotel p/n £16.76

One-way ticket £2.40

Beer £3.00

Main Course £11.00

About Birmingham

A powerhouse during the industrial revolution, Birmingham is now at the forefront of art, culture, gastronomy and shopping.

It’s the second largest city in the UK, so has everything you could want from a city break and then some.

Billed as 'the city of 1,001 trades', Birmingham was a pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. But while it might be well-known for its factory past, the city is not the unequivocal concrete jungle it’s unfairly made out to be.

From its burgeoning artistic community, to its award-winning food scene, the buzzing night life to the charmingly distinctive ‘brummie’ accent – Birmingham is a city that is sure to leave its mark on you.

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When Should You Visit?

The lack of extremes in weather means Birmingham is a great place to visit all year round; summer sees a greater chance of sunshine and less rain.

The British are famous for discussing the weather forecast, with a small amount of snow hitting national headlines or a heatwave making for a heated debate on the street.

But in reality, the UK experiences fairly mild weather, and Birmingham is no exception. July makes for the hottest month in the city with an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius, whilst February is the coldest at 3 degrees Celsius. The wettest month is January with an average of 70mm of rain.

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Travioor top tips

Soho House
Planetarium
Winterbourne

Insider Info

  • Take a tour of Soho House, where the famed industrialist Matthew Boulton lived from 1766 to 1809. History fans can learn all about the place where members of the esteemed Lunar Society met to discuss their world-changing ideas.

  • With ten themed galleries to see, it’s well worth visiting the Thinktank Planetarium. It’s perfect for those curious explorers who like to get interactive with their science.

  • If you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, step back in time at Winterbourne House and Garden, where the idyllic Edwardian house and seven acres of gardens make for a picturesque day out.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.00

3-Course Meal £40.00

Cappuccino £2.52

Beer £3.00

The Scene

The city is bursting at the seams with 27 different cultures and nationalities represented, so eating out in Birmingham is like a gastronomic tour of the world. For all the foodies out there, it’s an absolute paradise.

A trip to the city is incomplete without a visit to the ‘Balti Triangle’, the original home of the Balti. Balti houses started appearing in Birmingham in the 1970s, and have proved immensely popular ever since. So be sure to spice up your stay by indulging in an Asian feast while you’re in the curry capital of the UK.

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, Birmingham also boasts four Michelin Star restaurants, including the world-famous Lasan Restaurant. We recommend grabbing a cocktail (or rather ‘elixirs, concoctions and potions’) at The Jekyll and Hyde, trying the delicious five-course tasting menu at Opus, and grabbing a coffee and cake at the Constance Wallace Tea Room.

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History

Birmingham’s Story

Birmingham has seen extraordinary growth spanning the last 1400 years. It started as a humble, 7th century hamlet on the edge of the Forest of Arden, developing steadily into the major city we know today through a combination of immigration, innovation and industrialisation.

The majority of this growth occurred in the past 200 or so years, thanks to the Industrial Revolution. A combination of civic investment, scientific achievement and commercial innovation in the 19th century led to its development from a market town into the fastest-growing city of the century. And by the 20th century, Birmingham had evolved into the metropolitan hub of the UK’s manufacturing and automotive industries.

Fast forward to today, and the post-industrial metropolis has become a cultural, recreational and gastronomic centre of Britain.

Language

English

The majority of Birmingham residents are English speakers, but being an extremely multicultural city, you’re likely to hear a variety of accents and languages across your stay.

You’ll also have the treat of listening to the ‘brummie’ accent. Whilst it was voted the least attractive of accents in a recent YouGov poll of British adults, we think the unique twang is just another part of the city’s original charm.

Need to know

+44 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • There is a free Air-Rail monorail that links Birmingham Airport directly to nearby Birmingham International railway station in about two minutes.
  • Birmingham has exceptional transport links, and is well served by bus, road and rail. We recommend exploring on foot, however, as many of the key attractions are just a few minutes’ walk apart.
  • Head to the New Street Station Travel Information Centre to get any advice you might need on journey planning and buying tickets.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the UK here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Symphony Hall

Go to a concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, considered one of the best event spaces in the world.

2. The Library

Resembling a stack of wrapped-up presents, a visit to the city has to include a trip to the architectural triumph that is the Library of Birmingham.

3. Cadbury World

Pretend you’re Charlie Bucket and visit Cadbury World a.k.a. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Learn all about cocoa and try some of the delicious chocolate itself.

4. Custard Factory

Spend some time exploring the cultural heartbeat of the city at the Custard Factory, an open-plan space full of galleries, boutiques, cafés and much more.

5. Ikon Gallery

Check out the latest installations at the must-see contemporary art venue, Ikon Gallery. It has a world-class reputation and features regularly-changing exhibits.


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