International Conference Centre

Things to do in Birmingham | International Conference Centre (ICC)

Since being opened by the Queen in 1991, the ICC has gone on to become one of Europe’s best conference centres. From indoor country fairs and craft exhibitions to political party conferences and trade association meetings, the ICC puts on a whole host of events each year. With its blue tinted windows, white stone cladding and neon “Birdlife” sculpture hanging above the entrance, the ICC is hard to miss. Head inside and you’ll find a series of walkways criss-crossing the building and connecting the centre’s 11 rooms and symphony hall. And whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, you’ll find a Birmingham Premier Inn ready to welcome you just around the corner.

And if you've forgotten some essentials for your visit? Last minute shopping trips are no problem at the ICC as it contains a small mall. Whether you’re looking for stationary to use at your conference or a souvenir from your trip, the ICC has it all under one roof.

The ICC, Birmingham

International Conference Centre

Essential information

With a total capacity of 8,000 delegates across a number of different styles of venues, the ICC is a versatile space that will work for any event.

Made up of 12 interconnected halls, the ICC offers a space that can work for exhibitions, conference and meetings, as well as live classical music. The building has two entrances: one from Centenary Square and the other from the canalside. You’ll find all the facilities you would expect in a conference centre of this size, including a number of toilets. Check out the ICC website to find out what the venue will look like for your event and which entrance you should use.

The ICC is committed to ensuring that all visitors are able to get around the venue easily. There is wheelchair access to all areas, accessible toilets, an induction for the hearing impaired, free parking to blue badge holders and a warm welcome for assistance dogs. Let the venue know if you have any queries or need assistance during your visit.

Eating and drinking

If you need to refuel while attending a busy event, there are plenty of places to get something to eat and drink.

To make sure delegates keep their energy levels up, the ICC often provide catering for events. From tea and biscuits, freshly baked pastries and tasty sandwiches, you’ll find a delicious selection for working lunches or buffets. Head into the ICC’s mall and you’ll find high street favourites, like Strada, ready to fuel you for the rest of the conference.

Located next door to the centre, head to Brindleyplace for a whole host of restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy during a break in your conference. Grab a coffee at Costa, explore the taste of Argentina at steakhouse, Cau or try some great seasonal dishes and make the most of the excellent canalside terrace at Bank Restaurant.

Getting to the ICC

Located in the centre of Birmingham, you’ll find plenty of transport options to get you to the ICC.

By car
Although the ICC doesn’t have any car park spaces of its own, you’ll find secure multi-storey parking located within the Arena Birmingham. From there it’s just just a short walk to the ICC.

By bus
There are a number of routes running near the centre. You can choose from 9, 139, 1, 22, 21, 29, 23, 103 or 10 and you’ll arrive at the ICC in no time .

By train
The ICC is close to both New Street and Five Ways stations. From each of these stations, take a quick 15-minute stroll through the city centre and to make your way to the ICC.

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