YOUR GUIDE TO BIRMINGHAM

 

 

Birmingham Capital Of Culture

If you like your city breaks with a big helping of culture, Birmingham is the perfect place for you.

The city’s events calendar is jam-packed, so you’re bound to find something fun happening– it could be anything from an outdoor arts or comedy festival to a celebration of whisky or literature.

Birmingham’s food scene is red hot – in more ways than one. The famous ‘Balti Triangle’ is home to some of Britain’s best spicy Indian curries, and you can sample even more fiery favourites at Lasan, named Best Local Restaurant on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word programme.

 

Climate

Birmingham has a temperate maritime climate, like much of the British Isles, with average maximum temperatures in summer (July) being around 21.3 °C (70.3 °F); and in winter (January) around 6.7 °C (44.1 °F). Birmingham is a snowy city relative to other large UK conurbations, due to its inland location and comparatively high elevation

 

 

GETTING AROUND

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TRAVELLING TO BIRMINGHAM BY AIR

BUY AIR

By Air Birmingham Airport is located 14.3 miles from Birmingham city centre. To and From Birmingham Airport: There are currently five bus services which access the Airport and/or Birmingham International Station:

 

  • 900/900A (connecting Birmingham and Coventry)
  • 966 (connecting Erdington and Solihull)
  • 97/97A (Birmingham City Centre to Birmingham Airport – 24/7)
  • 75/75A (connecting Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham International Station)
  • 91 (connecting Chelmsley Wood and Birmingham International Station

Timetables can be accessed via Network West Midlands

TRAVELLING TO BIRMINGHAM BY TRAIN

BUY TRAIN

Birmingham New Street is the main Train station located in the city centre of Birmingham.Trains to Birmingham depart from London Euston or Marylebone every ten minutes on average. The journey takes one and a half to two hours, although some indirect routes do take longer. Trains terminate at either Snow Hill or New Street station in Birmingham. Services are run by Virgin Trains, Chiltern Railways and London Midland.

TRAVELLING TO BIRMINGHAM BY BUS

BUY BUS

For information on local bus routes and fares visit Network West Midlands or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. 

TRAVELLING TO BIRMINGHAM BY COACH

BUY COACH

National Express offer national coach services to Birmingham. London to Birmingham takes between 2 and a half to 3 hours and 20 minutes. Birmingham Coach Station is located in Digbeth B5 6DD

GETTING AROUND IN BIRMINGHAM ON FOOT

ON FOOT

Getting around Birmingham city centre on foot is exciting and can be enjoyable, however, for anything outside of the immediate  city centre you will need to use the public transport system.

GETTING AROUND IN BIRMINGHAM VIA THE METRO

METRO

The Midland Metro is the tram line linking Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton, via West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston.

 

For details, call the Centro Hotline 0121 200 2787, visit the Network West Midlands Website or contact:

Travel Midland Metro METRO CENTRE Potters Lane Wednesbury WS10 0AR

Tel: (0121) 502 2006 Fax: (0121) 556 6299.

SHOPPING

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BULLRING

ABOUT BULLRING

Bullring has over 160 stylish shops for you to explore including Apple, Debenhams, Selfridges and Zara. There is also a large selection of take aways, retardants and bars. Bullring has plenty to offer besides shopping from fashion shows to celebrity visits there are always exciting events happening at Bullring.

 

 

Visit Website – www.bullring.co.uk

OPENING TIMES

Monday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

GRAND CENTRAL

ABOUT GRAND CENRAL

Grand Central is located in the heart of Birmingham city centre directly above Birmingham New Street Station.Providing a large selection of shops and places to eat. Open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.

If travelling by car and you’re using a Sat Nav, then enter the postcode B2 4BW or street name Hill Street for the Grand Central Car Park

Visit Website – grand central Birmingham .

MAILBOX

ABOUT MAILBOX

A unique shopping complex boasting luxury branded shops such as Harvey Nichols and Armani Collezioni to name but a few, retardants, bars, a Malmaison Hotel, cinema complex and 24 hour parking. Located 10 minutes away from Birmingham New Street Station –

7 Commercial Street
Birmingham
B1 1RS
Tel: 0121 632 1000

Visit Website- mailboxlife.com  

EATING OUT

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CAFES / BARS

Birmingham has a great selection of cafés and Bars, ranging from atmospheric

independent cafés to ultra modern and trendy wine bars.

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Jewellery Quarter

A short walk from the city centre takes you into an area with some of the best independent bars in Birmingham.

Stirlings Bar

occupies three floors – a stylish mezzanine overlooking the main bar and a luxurious function room in the basement

21 Ludgate Hill St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1DW

Tel: 0121 439 2121

Jam House

the live music bar whose musical director is none other than the Rhythm and Blues maestro, Jools Holland.

St Pauls Square Birmingham B3 1QU

Tel: 121 200 3030

The Vaults

A welcoming retreat. Get comfy in an armchair as you listen to low-level smooth grooves and sip premier champagnes, bottled beers or carefully crafted cocktails.

Newhall Place Newhall Hill Birmingham B1 3JH

TEL: 0121 212 9837

The Mailbox

A hub of sparkling, buzzing nightlife. Chill with music and drinks.

Pennyblacks

Offering ready cocktails, drinks and sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. And with a sweet pizza, pancakes

The Mailbox, 132-134 Wharfside St,

Birmingham,

West Midlands

B1 1RQ TEL:: 0121 632 1460

Malmaison

Nicknamed ‘The Champagne Bar of Birmingham’ for a great glass of fizz.

Malmaison Hotel The Mailbox Birmingham B1 1RD

TEL: 0121 246 5000

Broad Street

Jump from one pulsating bar to the next on Broad Street which acts as a magnet for party-goers from Birmingham and beyond.

Walkabout

For the best food and drink this side of the big red rock.

266-271 Broad Street Birmingham B1 2DS

TEL: 0121 632 5712

6 On Broad Street

The latest opening on Broad Street which also incorporates Jongluers. An awesome bar, diner and nightclub.

259-262 Broad Street Birmingham West Midlands B1 2HF

TEL: 0121 632 4936

The Gentleman & Scholar

At the Hyatt Regency Birmingham is a sophisticated but welcoming pub styled on a traditional tavern with a contemporary twist.

2 Bridge Street

Birmingham

B1 2JZ

TEL: 0121 643 1234

Brindleyplace

Tree-lined squares and canalside cool draw people to the stylish bars situated in Brindleyplace.

Cielo

Is a must for al fresco dining overlooking the picturesque Oozells Square.

6 Oozells Square Brindleyplace Birmingham B1 2JB

TEL: 0121 632 6882

Nuvo

Has quickly gained a reputation for producing quality cocktails and creating a relaxed atmosphere in which to imbibe them.

11, BRINDLEYPLACE, BRINDLEY PLACE,

2 BRUNSWICK SQUARE,

BIRMINGHAM

B1 2LP

TEL: 0121 631 1600

RESTAURANTS

A fantastic range of restaurants offering food from all over the world, whether Indian or Italian, Spanish or Greek, Chinese or Lebanese. Birmingham has what you fancy.

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UNIQUE DINING

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the River Avon while fine dinning.

Waterside Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6BB

TEL: 01789 403493

Birmingham Hippodrome

Enjoy the best in food and drink ranging from fine dining options to a quick bite before the show.

Hurst Street,

Southside,

Birmingham,

B5 4TB

TEL: 0844 338 9000

New Hall Hotel

where you can enjoy fine dining in the 13th Century medieval Manor House, or eat al fresco on their terrace and admire the moat and grounds.

Walmley Road,

Sutton Coldfield,

Birmingham,

B76 1PH.

TEL: 0121 378 2442

CARIBBEAN

Deep Caribbean Experience

34 Bristol Street,

Birmingham

B5 7AA

Tel: 0121 622 3332

Flavour Flame

393-395 Soho Road

Handsworth

Birmingham

B21 9SF

TEL: 0121 507 1911

Rabbean Co Ltd

17 Thorp Street

China Town

Birmingham

B5 4AT

0121 622 5573

FRENCH

Cafe Rouge – New Street

98 New Street

City Centre – Birmingham

B2 4NS

TEL: 0121 633 8125

French Mustards

1 Fletchers Walk

Paradise Place

Birmingham

B3 3HJ

TEL: 0121 212 1288

Brasserie Blanc

9 Brindley Place

Birmingham

B1 2HS

TEL:0121 633 7333

CHINESE 

Chung Ying Garden

17 Thorp Street,

Birmingham,

B5 4AT

Tel: 0121 666 6622

Oriental Bar & Restaurant ( THE )

128-130 Wharfside Street,

The Mailbox,

Birmingham

B1 1RQ

Tel: 0121 633 9988

Flaming Dragon Birmingham

230 Broad street

Birmingham

B15 1AY

Tel: 0121 633 8882

INDIAN

Itihaas Indian Restaurant

Corner of Fleet Street & New Hall Street

18 Fleet Street, Hockley

Birmingham

B3 1JL

Tel: 0121 212 3383

EastZEast

Five ways Leisure Complex,

Broad Street,

Birmingham,

B15 1AY

Tel: 0121 643 4808

Asha’s Restaurant

12-22 Newell Street,

Birmingham,

B3 3LX

Tel: 0121 200 2767

Balti

Shaba Balti Restaurant

163-165 Ladypool Road

Balti Triangle

Sparkbrook

Birmingham

B12 8LQ

Tel: 0121 440 2893

Punjab Paradise

377-379 Ladypool Road

Sparkhill

Birmingham

B12 8LA

Tel: 0121 449 4110

Saleems

256-258 Ladypool Road

Sparkbrook

Birmingham

B12 8JU

Tel: 0121 449 1861

LEBANESE

Al-Bader Restaurant

396 Coventry Road,

Small Heath,

Birmingham

B10 0UF

Tel: 0121 766 5799

ITALIAN

Picolino

9 Brindleyplace

Oozes Square,

Birmingham

B1 2HS

TEL: 0121 634 3055

Fillini Restaurant

12 Holloway Circus,

Queensway

Birmingham

B1 1BT

TEL: 0121 654 6000

Cucina Rustica

24 Ludgate Hill,

Birmingham

B3 1DX

Tel: 0121 233 2277

VEGETARIAN

1847

26 Great Western Arcade,

Colmore Row,

Birmingham,

B2 5HU

Tel: 0121 236 2313

FINE DINING

The Ryder Grill, The Belfry

Wishaw,Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands,

Birmingham,

B76 9PR

Tel: 0844 234 7786

Sonnets Restaurant at Wroxall Abbey

Birmingham Road, Wroxall,

Nr Warwick

CV35 7NB

TEL: 01926 484470

ATTRACTIONS

USEFUL LINKS 

VISIT BIRMINGHAM

Official website for the city of Birmingham 

LIVE BRUM

Event Listings In Birmingham 

Birmingham City Council

Whats on guide to upcoming events & things to do in Birmingham 

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