Explore Birmingham

Birmingham is the UK's second city, with a population of 1.1 million. Diverse, vibrant and energetic in nature, Birmingham has all the benefits of a major city, but with a city centre which is compact, easy to navigate and walkable.

Birmingham is now recognised by the media as the UK's most popular conference destination outside London (BMEIS 2014/15), the UK's best city (Group Leisure Awards 2014) and fastest growing UK destination for international visitors (ONS 2014).

With everything from museums housing over 500,000 pieces of art in the city centre and a 100 year old art deco cinema, to impressive shopping malls, fantastic theatres, world-class sporting events and neighbouring tourist hotspots including Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick, visitors are guaranteed to find plenty to keep them busy during their stay here.

Here are just a few suggestions of what to do:

  • Dine out at one of Birmingham’s 200 restaurants, including three Michelin-starred restaurants and many restaurants serving the Balti that Birmingham is famous for
  • Visit the Jewellery Quarter which produces 40% of all jewellery made in the UK and watch the jewellers at work, or even commission a bespoke piece
  • Experience classical music at Symphony Hall, a show at the UK’s busiest theatre Birmingham Hippodrome,  or a pop concert at one of the city’s two arenas – The Barclaycard Arena and Genting Arena
  • Enjoy the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite works of art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or modern art at the edgy Ikon Gallery
  • Shop to your heart’s content in the city’s 1,000 shops including the landmark Selfridges building, Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox and numerous independent boutiques

Find out more about Birmingham here.

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