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Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham

Step out of your Birmingham hotel to see a splendid renaissance in the civic city squares and historic Jacobean and Georgian residences.

Historic Birmingham

The Victorians revived a few architectural styles in Birmingham city centre, from the Town Hall with its rows of Corinthian columns to Council House with its filigree Renaissance friezes and balconies. Fifty-acre Aston Hall is a classic Jacobean mansion, which luckily escaped some cannonball damage during a political spat in 1643.

Art and museums in Birmingham

Birmingham’s affectionately known clock, Big Brum, marks the entrance to freebie Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite collection. The suburbs are quite proud of their own museums, like Sarehole Mill, where JRR Tolkien was inspired when he was just a hobbit.

Quirky things to do in Birmingham

Handsworth suburb is home to classy Georgian Soho House, where 18th-century brain boxes in the Lunar Society met to chat about the universe. Aptly placed next to Bournville Park, Cadbury World is a Willy Wonka experience with Beanmobile tours.

Events in Birmingham

Book your Birmingham hotel in time for the Birmingham International Jazz Festival in July, when the city swings with jamming sessions. In March the NEC goes barking during the Crufts dog show, while the LG Arena gets equestrian with the Horse of the Year Show in October.

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Attractions in Birmingham:


Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham
Birmingham Back to Backs

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays but closed next day Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

Aston Villa FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

West Bromwich Albion FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2011/12

Opening times:
Aug 2011 - May 2012 (annual)

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton. Courtesy of the National Trust
Wightwick Manor

Opening times:
Feb 2013 (various dates)

What's on in Birmingham:


ArtsFest. Courtesy of Birmingham City Council
ArtsFest

Dates Open:
10/09/2014 to 10/09/2014

Harmonic

Dates Open:
29/09/2014 to 02/10/2014

BPM

Dates Open:
01/10/2014 to 03/10/2014

Hanbury Hall

Dates Open:
27/02/2015 to 25/06/2015
26/06/2015 to 31/08/2015
06/11/2014 to 19/12/2014
01/09/2014 to 31/10/2014

St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry
Heritage Open Days

Dates Open:
09/09/2014 to 11/09/2014

It's apple time at Mary Arden's House in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo credit to Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Apple Days

Dates Open:
01/10/2014 to 01/10/2014

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