Things to do in Birmingham

With cutting-edge galleries, iconic buildings and world-class sporting events, not to mention superb shopping and a great nightlife, Birmingham really is the beating heart of the UK. Not sure where to stay, shop, eat, drink or dance? This handy guide will help you plan, book and get around Birmingham. And whether you’re mooching around the Mailbox or boogying at the Barclaycard Arena, there’ll be a friendly team waiting to look after you at one of our Birmingham Premier Inn hotels.


With award-winning parks, buildings steeped in history and huge stadiums to enjoy, Birmingham has sightseeing opportunities at every turn. Chocolate lovers will be in heaven at Cadbury World, while sports fans can get their kicks on a footie-mad tour of Villa Park, home of the mighty Aston Villa.


With the Bullring, the Mailbox and Grand Central all vying for your attention, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping destinations in Birmingham. Whether you’re looking for designer labels or quirky market finds, high street staples or unique jewellery, you’ll find it all here.


From messing about on canals to trying your hand at a spot of TV presenting, Birmingham is packed with activities to get your teeth into. Weather playing ball? Informative walking tours will give you a feel for the city, while a network of flat, family-friendly cycle trails are waiting to be explored.

Places to eat

Varied and vibrant, Birmingham is fantastic for foodies. Its eclectic culinary scene means you can dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant one night and take a trip to the Balti triangle for an authentic curry the next. And the city has one of the most innovative street food scenes in the UK.


Pubs bursting with Victorian charm, cocktail bars with a serious side order of glamour - our nightlife guide will help get you in the party mood. Not ready to go home? You’re in luck! The nightclub scene is massive, from grungy basement raves to PRZYM, the daddy of all superclubs.


With top-notch galleries, museums and exhibition spaces that give London a run for its money, you’ll be pleased to find that many of Birmingham’s best cultural offerings are within easy walking distance of each other. And if student culture is more your thing, the city’s four universities will have you covered.


Whether you like music, comedy or theatre, Birmingham has the perfect venue for you. Hear classical music in the pristine acoustics of Symphony Hall, or head to one of the city’s events, like its German Christmas market. Sport more your thing? The city is surrounded by golf clubs that are perfect for all abilities.

Getting around

From buses and boats to trains and trams, getting around the Midland metropolis is easy. Handy, because there are so many corners you’ll want to discover! Flying into Birmingham Airport? Our guide will get you from the terminal to the centre, whether you want to take public transport or hop in a taxi.

Looking for a hotel in Birmingham?

Whether you want to stay in the city centre, the leafy suburbs or amongst the beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of Premier Inn hotels in Birmingham to choose from. And whether you're in Birmingham for business, or pleasure, you'll also find our hotels next to the major travel hubs like Birmingham Airport and Birmingham New Street Station, as well as conference venues the NECBarclaycard Arena and The Bullring for retail therapy.