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3 days in birmingham

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3 days in birmingham

hi all

i am visiting birmingham with other half for 3days december 4-6th

i am planning to visit christmas market.

can you please suggest what are the other not to be missed spots/places in and around this city?

pls suggest as i have no clue what to do for 3 days

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1. Re: 3 days in birmingham

If you can give us an idea of what interests you that may help us.

There is a HUGE shoping centre in the centre of Birmingham called the Bullring if you are in shopping mode.

Also near the German Market is the Convention Centre area which is right on the canals and there is always loads going on there, with many bars and restaurants. You can take a canal boat trip from there around the local canals.

There is a list of things to do on the Trip Advisor site here:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186402-Activi…

This site may help

http://www.christmasinbirmingham.com/

And this one

http://whatson.visitbirmingham.com/

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2. Re: 3 days in birmingham

thanks...

we were looking to visit some important touristic places

the link has got some good info.

in relation to travel, are there good services for bus/tram?

what is the best spot to book a hotel?

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>in relation to travel, are there good services for bus/tram?

We dont have trams in Birmingham.

There are buses that go all over Birmimngham, and there seems to be bus stops all over the city, but as I never take the bus anywhere I cant help you.

The "centre" of Birmingham is quite small so it is fairly easy to get round the central core of the city.

I will be totaly honest and say Birmingham is not blessed with a huge number of tourist locations.

We do have some fine old buildings in Birmingham, and some fine chuches (as well as 3 cathedrals - Church of England, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox).

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) is good, with some fine paintings.

Aston Hall is a wonderful old building near the city centre.

And the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (and the Jewellery Quarter itself) are interesting

You can read about the BMAG (and a few other things to visit here)

http://www.bmag.org.uk/

There is a Sea Life Centre, and the Thinktank science museum.

We also have some old houses preserved by the National Trust called the Back to Backs.

Edited: 23 November 2010, 20:47
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4. Re: 3 days in birmingham

In addition to Guilbert 53’s comments, Cadbury World (short train journey from New Street Station). Think Willy Wonka without the annoying Wonka. Whislt there, take time to walk around Bournville Village – beautifully preserved Quaker suburb of Birmingham originally built for Cadbury’s workers.

Football – Birmingham City v Spurs (Sat 4th) West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle (Sun 5th)

Rugby Union – Moseley v Bedford Sat 4th)

In addition to BMAG – smaller galleries include Ikon (modern) Barber Institute (traditional with amazing permanent collection) Soho House and RBSA (located in beautiful St Paul’s Square).

Eating – Birmingham has some of the best restaurants in the country from Michelin starred ones to cheap and very good balti houses. The Balti Triangle is worth a visit.

Pubs – real ales – The Wellington on Bennetts Hill, The Old Joint Stock, Temple Row West and The Lord Clifden, Hockley (also a fantastic Sunday lunch here). Lots of bars and restaurants in Brindley Place and Broad Street.

Take a canal boat ride from Gas Street Basin or Brindley Place.

Walk in Cannon Hill Park and stop for lunch in Midlands Arts Centre.

Casinos – loads of these dotted about the place.

I hope this gives a few ideas.

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5. Re: 3 days in birmingham

One other thing – Aston Hall does Christmas events by candlelight. It really is beautiful so have a look on their website.

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6. Re: 3 days in birmingham

thanks folks for all your responses.

is it necessary to stay in city centre or can i find accomodation else where and still be able to move around easily?

reason for asking is city centre hotels are gone or expensive

pls help

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7. Re: 3 days in birmingham

need your help in booking accomodation

all budget ones for dec 4-6 are gone now

the cheapest i found was in univ of birmingham

is this too far? the accom could be in any part of the univ. so not sure if i have to walk to train station

or pls suggest anything good for 2 people in and around 60pounds a night

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8. Re: 3 days in birmingham

University of Birmingham is fine – only 2 miles form city centre – very close to Bournville and Cadbury’s which I have mentioned. Excellent train and bus links to city centre and all parts of the city. Aston University is in the city centre if you can get in there. I have had a look on various hotel websites but due to Christmas being a very busy time in Birmingham, it does look like all bargains are gone.

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i checked at the aston university but they were booked out with double rooms. will keep searching

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10. Re: 3 days in birmingham

is this hotel any good -

Express By Holiday Inn Castle Bromwich Birmingham

does anyone know if there is any bus/train stop near this hotel?

is the hotel any good?

Holiday Inn Airport Birmingham (i guess this is too far)