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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)

The cottage in which Elgar was born. Courtesy of the Elgar Birthplace Museum
Elgar Birthplace Museum

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5pm Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Birmingham:

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 23/12/2014
17/11/2015 to 23/12/2015

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

Dates Open:
10/11/2015 to 25/11/2015
01/12/2015 to 23/12/2015
01/12/2014 to 23/12/2014
11/02/2015 to 19/02/2015
03/03/2015 to 04/11/2015

Vegetable medley. Photo by Annie Mills, © Whatsonwhen
Farmers' Market

Dates Open:
16/04/2015 to 16/04/2015
18/06/2015 to 18/06/2015
19/03/2015 to 19/03/2015
19/11/2015 to 19/11/2015
15/01/2015 to 15/01/2015
21/05/2015 to 21/05/2015
15/10/2015 to 15/10/2015
20/08/2015 to 20/08/2015
19/02/2015 to 19/02/2015
16/07/2015 to 16/07/2015
17/09/2015 to 17/09/2015

Hurdles action from Cheltenham, Courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham New Year's Day Race Meeting

Dates Open:
01/01/2015 to 01/01/2015

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