Once a key manufacturing town during the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham now flourishes as a thriving, cosmopolitan city, famous for its diverse and plentiful shopping, food and nightlife opportunities. Let us help you find a cheap hotel in Birmingham and discover all that this vibrant destination has to offer.
You’ll be spoilt for choice here, with a fantastic selection of stores. The Bull Ring shopping centre, in the heart of the city, has all the key high street and designer fashion brands, such as Monsoon, Top Man, Armani and Gucci. For shoes, Sims Footwear in the Great Western Arcade is a must-visit for Dr Martin, Fly, and other faves. If you love jewelry, spend some time in the famous Jewelry Quarter where you can see talented craftsmen at work making unique items.
Food From Around the World
Birmingham is a foodie’s paradise, with plenty of tasty restaurants and cafes to choose from. The city’s famous ‘Balti Triangle’ area offers a good sample of the curries on offer here, attracting celebrities such as Adrian Chiles and David Cameron. Delicious Chinese food can be found in Chinatown, particularly at Café Soya, a favourite with many locals. Try the delicious Soya Dessert pudding and see what you’ve been missing.
Bars in Birmingham City Centre
For some liquid refreshment to wash down all that food, there are lots of interesting venues close to hotels in Birmingham city centre. The Post Office Vault is a cosy underground bar with a great range of specialist beers. If you’d like a bar with its own Jacuzzi, try the elegant Chi on Newhall Street, which also has a New York loft style cocktail bar. Equally impressive is The Lost and Found, a cocktail bar themed on the botanical adventures of Victorian explorer Hettie G. Watson. Prepare to enter a world of wonder, complete with floral designs and a secret bar.
Birmingham has a strong musical legacy, with famous bands such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath starting out here. Carrying on the tradition are local indie bands such as Peace, Swim Deep, and Jaws, operating out of Digbeth, or B-Town, as it’s known for its music scene. For larger acts, venues such as The NIA and the LG Arena present big names such as Robbie Williams and Lady Gaga. Cheap hotels in Birmingham usually fill up quickly when big acts are on in the city.
Culture – Museums
There are lots of resources in Birmingham where you can discover more about Birmingham’s rich history. The National Trust’s Birmingham Back to Back Houses attraction allows you to wander through restored houses from the industrial era, while the Black Country Living Museum recreates an entire village as it would have looked during the nineteenth century.
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