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Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

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Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

Going to England shortly to pick up car. Thought we might stay in Bermingham for a couple of nights. Looking for somewhere to stay close to motorway. Any recommendations on what to see in Birmingham and as we have the car can do some shopping. What shopping centres would people recomend. Any tips would be great. Many thanks

Irene, Dublin Ireland

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1. Re: Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

Where are you picking the car up from- Birmingham is rather large, and it will depend which side you are on.

The city centre is 5 minutes from M6J6.

city centre shopping- park in the bullring car park and there are loads of shops. In the city there are a few main shopping areas- all walkable from each other.

BUllring/ Highst ( the main one)

New St and Rackhams

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Good shopping outside of Birmingham- Bicester village ( outlet place)- about 1.5 hours south of the city on M40

Leamington- not as many chain stores, but lovely individual places- 30 mins down M40

Merry Hill- shooping centre about 20 minutes from the city.

As for where you stay, city centre you may have trouble parking.

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2. Re: Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

Hi thanks for your reply, we will be coming up from London and heading for Holyhead to get ferry, so would we be better to stay somewhere off motorway, don't fancy driving into city centre. Any recommendations on where to stay would be appreciated.

Thanks

Irene

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3. Re: Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

Well Birmingham is ringed by Motorways so you are never far from one.

The M6 runs North of the city, the M5 runs West of the city, and the M42 runs South and East of the city.

If you are coming up from the South then how about visiting Solihull. This is at the "end" of the M40, where it meets the M42.

Solihull is outside the city centre (South East of the city) and very near the motorway (M42).

It has a decent shopping area (an old fashioned high street plus a modern shopping centre called Touchwood) and a John Lewis. Touchwood has a few eating places as well.

Plenty of hotels and guest houses around Solihull as well.

Solihull is a nice "upmarket" area with plenty of nice shops, pubs, hotels etc, and some nice countryside nearby if you fancy a bit of relaxation.

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4. Re: Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

btw If you do stay in Solihull you will be able to travel on to Holyhead without having to go into Birmingham city centre.

From Solihull you can go "round" Birmingham on Motorway and head towards Holyhead.

From Solihull you can either use the M42 West, then M5 North to go West round the city.

Or M42 East and then M6 West (or M6 Toll) to go North round the city.

Either way will avoid going into Birmingham city centre at all.

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5. Re: Weekend Shopping and Sightseeing

As the others said- it may well be best to plump for Solihull.

There is a holday express and Ramada in the town centre- both have decent car parks and they are a 2 minute walf fromthe shops/ bars/ restaurants. There is the fast train from Solihull to Birmingham Snow Hill. Get off at moor St and you are opposite Selfridges. the train takes about 2 minutes. Solihull train staion is less than 10 minutes amble from either of the 2 hotels mentioned.

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