Birmingham has been in the global spotlight since hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, showcasing why it's a vibrant cultural hotspot worth visiting. Welcoming visitors from around the world, we take pride in our diverse offering, catering to over 190 nationalities that proudly call Birmingham home. You'll never be short of things to see and do.

Whether you're indulging in lavish dining at a central rooftop restaurant with panoramic views, enjoying casual drinks in a quirky experiential bar, discovering hidden gems and the rich heritage and culture of our streets, having family fun in unique attractions, or admiring the artistry of Birmingham’s canals - we have it all!

Just a stone’s throw away from Birmingham’s bustling center, we offer an abundance of tranquil green spaces for you to relax and enjoy nature.

Born and bred in Birmingham, we find it easy to talk about its beauty. However, with exceptional connectivity links and easy access by road, rail, or air from anywhere in the UK, we invite you to come and discover it for yourself!

A weekend in Birmingham 

Birmingham is an ideal destination for a day trip, weekend break, or as a base to explore the wider West Midlands region. The city center is easily walkable, with most key landmarks and attractions within reach of our three main stations – Birmingham New Street, Moor Street, and Snow Hill.

Whether you prefer a jam-packed weekender or a leisurely stay to delve into the rich history and experiences of Birmingham and the West Midlands, there's something for everyone.

As the birthplace of the industrial revolution and home to renowned innovators and creators, you can explore this legacy through interactive walking tours or the unmissable Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

Birmingham offers a range of attractions suitable for family days out, exploring with friends, romantic dates, and some that are unique to the city. Notable attractions include the ThinkTank Museum at the Millennium Point, Cadbury World for chocolatey fun, and Roundhouse Birmingham, where you can experience the city from a different perspective via kayak, stand-up paddleboarding, or bike.

For arts and culture enthusiasts, Birmingham boasts phenomenal spaces like Birmingham Hippodrome, Utilita Arena, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, featuring world-class performances, including those by the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Shopping enthusiasts will find paradise in Birmingham with access to the World’s Largest Primark (and Greggs), the Bullring and Grand Central, the Mailbox, and numerous independent stores and boutiques.

Once you've shopped to your heart's content, indulge in a variety of dining options, from tasty street food in Birmingham's creative Quarter - Digbeth, to an authentic Balti (fun fact: the first-ever Balti was created here in Birmingham), or explore one of the region's 11 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Conclude your memorable day in one of the city’s great accommodation choices, ranging from quirky budget hostels to luxurious suites – catering to all budgets and preferences.

Is Birmingham a cost-effective UK city break? 

Truth be told, a trip to be Birmingham can be as expensive as you make it. Whether you’re looking for value for money and free things to do or wanting to spend a pretty penny experiencing the boujiest version of Birmingham, there are experiences to suit all budgets.  

Three things to do on a budget in Birmingham 

1. Visit one of the city’s museums  

Discover Birmingham’s rich heritage and culture in a variety of museums and art galleries. Attractions like Ikon Gallery, Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (currently closed until 2024), and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts offer free entry. Enjoy a wide range of exhibitions and collections, exploring both ancient and modern art.  

2. Wander in one of Birmingham’s beautiful green spaces  

Away from Birmingham’s lively city centre, you’ll find many tranquil, leafy green spaces. Cannon Hill Park, Lickey Hills Country Park and Sutton Park are some of the free spaces but if you are looking to have more of a day out, you can visit both Birmingham Botanical Garden and Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens for under £10 (based on a single adult ticket, family/group tickets will work out cheaper).  

Both showcase a variety of stunning gardens, making it the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll and soak up nature’s beauty!  

3. Explore the Jewellery Quarter 

The Jewellery Quarter, an iconic gem, is still home to 40% of the UK’s jewellery design and production. Beyond jewellery, the Quarter has a history of producing sporting trophies, boxing belts, whistles, and pens—contributing to some of the city's greatest inventions. In addition to learning about Birmingham’s rich heritage, explore over 150 independent businesses, bars, eateries, events, and iconic landmarks like the Chamberlain Clock and St Paul’s Square.  

Three luxurious things to do in Birmingham 

1. Dinner and drinks at a Michelin Star restaurant  

Birmingham is proud to have five Michelin Star restaurants with six more further afield in the West Midlands - more than any other region outside on London! 

With that being said, it’s only right to have a memorable meal when visiting.  

 A trip to Adam’s, Carter’s of Moseley, Opheem, Simpsons or Purnell’s will most definitely create an everlasting taste of the Midlands, with their specially crafted menus serving nothing but award-winning, modern dishes and tasting experiences.   

2. Book a box in one of the city’s sports grounds  

Birmingham is renowned worldwide as a destination for playing and hosting competitive sport. If you enjoy the thrill of watching the live action, why not upgrade matchday with a premium VIP experience?  

Aston Villa Park, St Andrew’s, and Edgbaston Stadium are some of the grounds that offer executive boxes. Packages can include freshly prepared canapés or courses, a champagne reception, free-flow bar, reserved parking, private, reserved seating with exceptional views and gifted merchandise – a worthwhile indulgence for sports enthusiasts!   

3. Shop ‘til you drop 

Birmingham is home to some of the UK’s best shopping stores including one of four Selfridges located in Bullring & Grand Central, Harvey Nichols in The Mailbox and McArthur Glen Designer Outlet which is just a stone’s throw away in Cannock. With such variety, you’ll be sure to bag yourself some exclusive, high-end items with the finest service.   

For an added touch of luxury, indulge in a personal shopping experience. Enjoy private shopping with an expert stylist/assistant, relax in a reserved suite with a glass of champagne, and have your desired items presented and packed for their new home.

To make the most of your weekend in Birmingham, we offer accommodation options that cater to various budgets. Birmingham's average room rate is 13% lower than Manchester's rate (source: CoStar, based on 2018 - 2022 data) and you can stay in a quirky hotel like Selina Birmingham for less than £50 per night!  

Some of Birmingham’s more opulent stays include The Grand Hotel, Hyatt, Malmaison, Hotel Du Vin & Bistro and Staying Cool at the Rotunda. Here you can book premium suites that boast unparalleled views across the city.  

When is the best time to visit Birmingham? 

There's an abundance of things to see and do all year round in Birmingham, one of the reasons why it is such a great place to visit. We have a varied calendar of events suitable for families, foodies, arts and culture lovers, thrill seekers and so much more.  

Experience an extraordinary buzz during key seasonal festivities, such as the summer influx of festivals or the renowned Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, Big Wheel, and Ice Rink that grace New Street, Victoria, and Centenary Squares during Christmas.  

If you are visiting for a specific event, it’s definitely worth sticking around for that little bit longer to discover what else the city has to offer. From our attractions and mouthwatering food and drink to our cosmopolitan nightlife scene and activities – you will not be disappointed.