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Key to the City™, Birmingham.

Birmingham: City Centre

Bullring, Birmingham
Bullring, Birmingham (Photo: Not So Big Media)

This is the very heart of the city and home to the Council House, Town Hall and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Shops can mainly be found on New Street, Corporation Street, High Street and the Bull Ring. Parking is relatively abundant but can be costly.

Staying in the city centre puts you close to all the main attractions. Hotels are plentiful and some good offers can usually be found.

The city centre is full of well known restaurants, bars and pubs. Check out Chinatown and the Arcadian Centre in Southside, or Bullring with its outdoor seating, or Colmore Row area for the very best independents.

Clayton Hotel, Birmingham
Clayton Hotel, Birmingham

For a big city, Birmingham's city centre is relatively compact. It has the feel of a large town rather than that of a major city. The Queensway road system dominates this area and acts as a concrete collar around the shopping centre.

To the north of the city centre Birmingham Cathedral is the centrepiece. The surrounding area of Colmore Row has largely survived the destruction of the 1960s and is home to bars, restaurants and smaller shops. To the south you can find the famous bustling Bull Ring Markets and Southside, which features theatres, more bars, restaurants and Chinatown.

Last Updated Friday 6 March 2020

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