Birmingham Nec Hotels
Stay at our hotel near Birmingham NEC (National Exhibition Centre) to experience the biggest centre for art, performance, and exhibitions in Europe. Located near the iconic Bullring, perhaps the nation's most futuristic and exciting shopping centre, there's something to keep you occupied at all times.
Things to do at the NEC
The spectrum of entertainment, attractions and events held at this recreation complex is wide and impressive. The world-famous dog show, Crufts, has been held here, as has the X Factor, the breath-taking and heart-stopping Nitro Circus stunt team have also done their thing, along with too many musical acts and performances to count. There's an event to suit every walk of life. Families as diverse as Birmingham's very own Osbournes would be satisfied here with a selection of shows as varied as 'the Horse of the Year Show,' 'the Clothes Show' and 'the Gadget Show.'
The NEC visitor tips
For any show that you're worried will sell out, head to the Ticket Factory, the establishment that holds tickets for all sorts of events, mostly in the West Midlands area. However, with a calendar of over 160 yearly events they'll always be something you can catch, and if all else fails, the NEC box office operates through the easy-to-find Birmingham tourist offices. With so much going on nearby, a stay in a Best Western hotel near the NEC, will surely result in one of your most jam-packed short breaks.
Things to do around the NEC
Stay in one of our hotels near the NEC and your options are not limited to the exhibition centre itself, the perfect location will mean you have access to all that the nation's second-largest city has to offer. Birmingham has the country's second-highest number of universities, theatres, cinemas, libraries. The city, although renowned for its modern design and architecture, has a long history since its beginnings as a small medieval market town. It remained a small, inward-looking community for many years, only really expanding significantly during the Midlands Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, beginning in the eighteenth century. Thankfully not all of the city remains historic and the city's state-of-the-art transport system will whisk you around quickly, enabling to you witness all the nooks and crannies of this unique and spectacular place.
Step out of Birmingham New Street Station to enjoy the restaurants, cafes and eateries around the Bull Ring market square Birmingham's multicultural past have blessed the area with a huge and interesting culinary selection. No matter where you end up after leaving your NEC hotel, you'll find something to satisfy the taste buds. Mount Fuji serves up bento sushi and miso, while Druckers Patisseries bakes delicious Viennese-style cakes and pastries. For something truly memorable, head to Purnell's, a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant run by favourite tv chef and Birmingham-born Glyn Purnell. For a great day out shopping, you cannot go far wrong with heading to the Bull Ring, the nation's most iconic shopping centre. Book an NEC hotel with Best Western for an exciting and active short break. Come and visit the biggest performance and arts centre in Europe.