Accommodation and travel ideas in Birmingham
Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK after London, grew through its role in multiple trades through the Industrial Revolution and as such is covered in canals. Over the last few decades, the city has become an exciting hub of diverse cultures with a proud preservation of its impressive industrial heritage.
What to do
Birmingham is home to a number of art galleries and museums - try the Ikon Gallery for contemporary art, or the RBSA Gallery which celebrates Birmingham's notable artistic history. If retail therapy is your idea of heaven, head over to the Bullring. This huge centre is the shopping hub of Birmingham, and has a great range of highstreet and designer stores.
Kids (and most adults!) will love a visit to Cadbury World or the National Sea Life Centre. And for football fans, a trip to Birmingham is likely to involve a big name match at Villa Park - if you plan ahead, it is normally possible to secure tickets much more easily than at other top-tier grounds. Alternatively, if you're visiting out of season, why not book a stadium tour?
Where to stay
Birmingham has some great hotels and B&Bs available on the outskirts of Birmingham, set in more peaceful surroundings than the city centre. These have good transport links making it easy to pop into the centre or explore further afield.
Alternatively, why not stay in vacant university rooms? These offer comfortable and affordable self-catering accommodation directly in the city centre - a great way to visit this amazing city on a budget!