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36 Minute City Guide to Birmingham

Recent research we conducted found that guests who travel for business only get 36 minutes’ free time to explore a city they are visiting for work, despite over 90% saying they wished they knew more about the cities they visit!

Our hotel teams are experts when it comes to their cities and love to give our guests insider tips on their city’s hidden gems and the best things to see & do. So in response to this research, we asked our Birmingham team to create a short video on how to see the best of their city in just 36 minutes on foot or just a short car ride from the hotel!



Their top tips are:

The Gift: Visit Harbourne High Street for a selection of vintage and independent boutiques   (11min taxi)
The Caffeine Fix: For a morning caffeine hit, try Urban Coffee Company (5min taxi, 14min walk)
The View: For one of the most unique views of the city, go to the top of Birmingham Library (3min taxi, 7min walk)
The Stroll: Take the Old Canal Walk from the Mailbox to Brindley Place and on past the NIA. Follow the canal until you emerge at Snow Hill (4min taxi, 11min walk)
The Food and Drink: Sample some of the best curries in Birmingham at the award winning Pushkar (Less than 1min walk)

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Best Bar: Inspired by the famous Palace in Granada, Spain - Alhambra (Colmore Row) has been impeccably designed to reflect a true Moorish style and features some of the finest wines and the most exquisite cocktails from all over the globe.

Best Restaurant: Sample the best cuisine the Far East has to offer at Shogun Teppanyaki, where highly-experienced Japanese chefs will prepare your food before your eyes in the ancient teppanyaki style.

Best Kept Secret: JRR Tolkein, author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, lived for four years in the historic Sarehole Mill (Hall Green). The fully-functional mill is reputed to have given the author the inspiration that led to him writing one of the most-loved novels of all time.

Things to See and Do

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens consist of 15 acres of beautiful gardens with the finest collection of plants in the Midlands. There are four glasshouses containing a wide range of exotic flora. There is also a gallery that houses exhibitions of art, mainly by artists from the local area along with a gift shop and plant centre. The Botanical Gardens are situated in Edgbaston just 10 minutes from Jurys Inn Birmingham. Buses are available from Broad Street. Admission costs £7.50 per adult and just £4.75 for children, OAPs, students and disabled guests.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The Birmingham Museum is home to one of the world's finest collections of pre-Raphaelite art as well as the collections of silver, sculpture, ceramics, archaeology, natural and social history. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is just a five-minute walk from the hotel on Chamberlain Square in the city centre. Admission is free and visitors are welcome to drop in and look around at their leisure.

Cadbury World

Cadbury World gives you the chance to enjoy the taste of Cadbury's chocolate and discover its history at this unique venue. Children can ride the Cadabra - the ride through the amazing Chocolate Wonderland. There is an interactive family show which takes you on a fantastical journey into Cadbury Land. Cadbury's World is situated in Bournville. There are buses adjacent to Jurys Inn Birmingham that will take you direct to Bournville. Admission to Cadbury's World is just £10.75 for children, £14.75 per adult and £11.10 for senior citizens.

Drayton Manor Park and Zoo

Drayton Manor Park is a family theme park, with more than 200 great rides and attractions for all ages, including the world's first ever stand-up tower drop. There is also a zoo, farm, museums, nature trail, shops and garden centre. Admission to the park starts from £12 to £25 for children and £25 for adults. Drayton Manor is situated near Tamworth, 20 miles from Jurys Inn Birmingham, Junction 9 of the M42.

Dudley Zoological Gardens

Dudley Zoo is a place for everyone to visit. There are plenty of animals including the best chimp enclosure in Europe, sea lions and penguins as well as tigers and lions. There are two great attractions in one - the large zoo with its collection of animals and the splendour of Dudley Castle ruins. Admission in to the attraction is just £11.80 per adult, £9.50 per child and £10.50 for concessions. The Gardens are situated on the A461 just three miles from the M5 Junction 2 and 10 miles from Jurys Inn Birmingham following the signs for the A4123.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

This is an award-winning, working museum based around a 'time capsule' jewellery factory. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the factory and meet skilled jewellers at work. There is also a shop that sells a selection of Birmingham-made contemporary jewellery. It costs just £4 per adult and £3 for concessions. It is just a five-minute drive from Jurys Inn Birmingham. Take the fourth exit off Five Ways Island onto Icknield Middleway and then turn left into Warstone Lane.

National Sealife Centre

The Sealife Centre gives you the opportunity to come face to face with the marine world's amazing inhabitants, ranging from humble shrimps to sharks and stingrays. The National Sealife Centre overlooks the city's famous canal network and has more than 60 displays of different sea and freshwater creatures. The Sealife Centre is situated on the Water's Edge, Brindleyplace, which is just a two-minute walk away from Jurys Inn Birmingham. Admission into the Sealife Centre ranges from £14.40 for a child up to £18.00 per adult.

National Motorcycle Museum

This is a unique collection of beautifully restored British motorcycles dating from 1898 to the 1990s. There are more than 700 machines outlining the history of a once world-dominating industry. The National Motorcycle Musuem is in Solihull, just eight miles from Birmingham. To get to the attraction by car, join the M6 Junction 6 heading south, exit Junction 4a onto the M42 South, continue on the M42 until exit 6 signed post NEC/Airport, the entrance to the museum is the second left of the motorway island. Entry to the Museum is just £8.95 per adult and £6.95 per child under 12 years.

Star City

Star City is a complex consisting of the UK's largest multiplex cinema, Megabowl and the UK's largest casino. There are also plenty of places to eat, drink and party within the Star City complex for both families and adults. Star City is situated just off the M6, Junction 6 only 10 minutes from Jurys Inn Birmingham.

Think Tank

The Think Tank consists of ten themed galleries of interactive, informative exhibits. It is a modern museum that allows you to explore everything from locomotives and aircraft to intestines and taste buds. It is situated in the relatively new complex - Millennium Point, Digbeth, which is a 10-minute taxi ride from Jurys Inn Birmingham. Standard admission fees are £8.40 for children, concessions £8.40 and adults £12.25. Family and group rates are also available.

Bullring Shopping Area

Birmingham's newest shopping destination and the most exhilarating city retail experience you'll find anywhere in Europe. It reintroduces some of Birmingham's traditional streets and creates a stimulating, glass-covered environment where you can shop, eat or just be. Bringing an additional 3,200 car parking spaces, the Bullring completely changes the face of Birmingham.

Start DateEnd DateEventVenue and distance from
Jurys Inn Birmingham
3 October12 OctoberBirmingham Comedy Festival

Regional comedy fest is the largest multi-arts, cross-site independent festival in the West Midlands.
What's on day-by-day
Various venues
19 October Bupa Great Birmingham Run

Part of the Bupa Great Run series. Around 18,000 people take part.

Sand Pits / Parade

12 minute walk

29 October1 NovemberBirmingham Beer Festival

Largest beer fest in the region features over 230 beers and more than 40 ciders.

The New Bingley Hall

7 minute drive
29 minute walk

13 November22 DecemberFrankfurt Christmas Market

The biggest authentic Christmas market in the UK.

Victoria Square

8 minute walk

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