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Birmingham Guide

No need to trawl the internet or pick up a guidebook, our fast facts on Birmingham will help you to get started on any trip to this buzzing and bustling city in no time.

Getting in

By Car

Because Birmingham is located right in the centre of the UK, it’s actually pretty easy for everyone to get in and out. If you decide to drive, the city is accessible by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 as well as the A34 and A38 – just watch out for the infamous spaghetti junction!


Sticking with travel by road, grabbing a long distance coach journey is a really great way to get to Birmingham as it gives everybody the opportunity to relax for a couple of hours, catch up on any lost sleep and shake off lingering hangovers. Even better, services from national coach companies are notoriously cheap.


Birmingham is very simple to get to via train and New Street is one of the biggest and best in the country. It offers services from just about every corner of the UK and is attached to both the Bullring and Pallasades shopping centres so you can go from train carriage to Topshop jeans without getting wet or cold! New Street has recently undergone a fantastic renovation too, so everything is looking absolutely shipshape these days.

Entertainment Venues

Alexandra Theatre

If you’re looking for a more cultural and chilled out evening in Brum, look no further than a show, musical or some comedy in the modern Alexandra Theatre which is located conveniently near to New Street station. Upcoming performances include Russell Kane, Chris ramsay and Denise Van Outen’s new musical.


When you’re looking for a killer performance to really wow your bride-to-be, the Hippodrome will definitely fit the bill. It’s one of the most visited theatres in the whole of the UK and the quality rivals that of the London West End. Oh, and there’s a pantomime too…

Birmingham NEC

The UK’s biggest convention centre is home to the LG arena where massive concerts like McBusted, Miranda, Gary Barlow and Justin Timberlake take place and in the convention centre itself, catch great stuff like Crufts, Good Food live and Top Gear live.


The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham does just about everything from sports to shows and it’s a great venue to visit when you’re in the city. Micky Flanagan, John Bishop and even darts events are all coming up in the next few months as well as the spangly Strictly tour and massive music acts like Jason Derulo and Miley Cyrus.

Top of the Shops

Birmingham truly is one of the biggest and best places to shop in the whole of the UK and although there are chain stores aplenty, we’ve got a great selection of independent shops for you to try out too.

Disorder Boutique

If you’re a fan of all things quirky, interesting and unique when it comes to fashion, Disorder Boutique is a real must visit. Approved by fashion queen Mary Portas and rated by The Guardian, pick up beautiful pieces of clothing as well as art on Needles Alley.

Forgotten Vintage

This gorgeous vintage shop on Great Western Arcade has beautiful stuff like fur coats, jumpers, 50s dresses and accessories everywhere you look. A real wonderland for lovers of old stuff.  

St Paul’s Gallery

This stunning gallery-come-shop is a must-visit for those who love music. They have the biggest collection of signed record covers in the whole world which range from the affordable to the eye-wateringly expensive.

Urban Village

Located in the iconic and seriously trendy Custard Factory, this vintage shop is huge and well known for providing a huge range of adorable vintage pieces. 

Because the best things in life are free…

Although Birmingham is generally an affordable place to be, we know that hen parties can get expensive fast so here are a couple of things you can do for free when you’re there!

BBC Birmingham public space

Ever fancied being a weather girl or news reader? Well now you have the chance to do just that at BBC Birmingham in the fancy Mailbox complex. Try recording an edition of the news or even have your picture taken with a dalek or the Tardis – completely free of charge!

Town Hall and Symphony Hall

This joint effort between two venues (THSH) offers a he variety of free concerts and shows throughout the year.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

This fantastic collection of art and historical artefacts includes the famous Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon hoard but really does have everything. Completely free and good fun if you find yourselves with a spare couple of hours on your hands!

Eastside City Park

A completely new and super futuristic looking park introduced in 2012, this green space stretches from the city centre through to the Eastside area and is perfect on a warm day when you and the girls fancy a little downtime – or a go on the swings.

FCO travel advice

Travel Safety & Information

For information on staying safe and healthy while travelling abroad as well as local laws and latest government advice on destinations visit the FCO Travel Aware website.

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