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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)

A guide to Birmingham

Staff Recommends

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.

Birmingham City Guide

Famous for many things, Birmingham is a vibrant city bursting with food, entertainment, history and heritage, and so much more. Home to the Balti Triangle, Jewellery Quarter, the ICC, Barclaycard Arena, and NEC, this city thriving hub for both business and pleasure. Explore below some of the top attractions that Birmingham has to offer.

International Convention Centre (ICC)

An immensely popular conference centre, the ICC offers a flexible, purpose-built venue that hosts over 350 events each year. With ten halls, ten executive meeting rooms, and a mall, the ICC is the ideal venue for discovering exhibitions or businesses looking to host an event.

Jurys Inn Birmingham is conveniently situated just a two-minute walk from the ICC.

Barclaycard Arena (formerly the National Indoor Arena – NIA)

The Barclaycard Arena provides an array events from nail-biting sports to comedy gold, all under one roof. Buzzing with activity, the Arena can host up to 15,800 people and caters to all ages, interests and tastes - take a look at ‘What’s on’ to plan your visit. Escape hum drum life and dance with much-loved Disney characters, witness jaw-dropping magic, or sing along with your favourite band - a night at the Barclaycard Arena is one for the books!

Situated just a five-minute walk from our Birmingham hotel, the Barclaycard Arena is perfectly placed for you to enjoy a show.

National Exhibition Centre (NEC)

Boasting the UK’s no 1 venue, the NEC offers an incredible selection of events from toy collection fairs to body power expos! With such an array of shows and fairs covering a plethora of topics and interests, there is always something to explore at the NEC. Take a look at ‘What’s on’ and plan your visit today!

The NEC is a short ten-minute train ride from Jurys Inn Birmingham.

Star City

A buzzing entertainment complex, Star City offers the UK's largest multiplex cinema, Megabowl, and the UK's largest casino. With plenty of places to eat, drink, and party within Star City, there is something for all ages.

Situated just off the M6, Star City is only a ten-minute drive from Jurys Inn.

Botanical Gardens

Disappear into a haven of flora and fauna at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. Consisting of 15 acres of beautiful gardens, four glasshouses, wildlife trails, seasonal butterfly house and a birdhouse, the Botanical Gardens offers an unforgettable urban oasis. Opening nearly 200 years ago, the gardens are rich with natural heritage and has one of the finest collection of plants in the Midlands. The Botanical Gardens is also the home of a gallery that features art exhibitions, often displaying local artists. There is a gift shop and plant centre for those wishing to take away a memento or flora for the home.

The Botanical Gardens are situated in Edgbaston, just a twelve-minute bus journey from our Birmingham hotel. Buses are available from the Broad Street stop. Admission costs £7 per adult and just £4.75 for children, OAPs, students, and disabled guests.

Cadbury World

Cadbury World provides an exciting day out for chocolate lovers and families alike! Explore the unique history of Cadburys chocolate, learn about the making, and ride the Cadabra through the amazing Chocolate Wonderland. There is also an interactive family show, which takes you on a fantastical journey into Cadbury Land.

Cadbury's World is situated in Bournville, which is a 30-minute bus journey from the stop adjacent to Jurys Inn Birmingham. Admission to Cadbury's World is just £11.95 for children, £16.25 per adult.

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. Whether you enjoy a ride on the carousel, brave the Buffalo Coaster, or immerse in the 4D Cinema experience - a day at Drayton Manor Park offers fun for all!

Admission to the park starts from £15 to £27 for children and £20-£36 for adults. A little outside Birmingham city centre, Drayton Manor Park is a 25-minute drive from Jurys Inn.

Dudley Zoological Gardens

An exciting day out for all, Dudley Zoologial Gardens is the perfect place for kids to learn, engage and discover! Dudley Zoo is home to a range of animals, including the best chimp enclosure in Europe, sea lions and penguins, as well as lions and tigers. In addition to its impressive collection of animals, Dudley Zoo is the site of the Dudley Castle ruins, offering a truly unique and fun day out.

Admission to the attraction is just £15 per adult, £9.75 per child and £12.50 for concessions. The Gardens are a short 22-minute drive from Jurys Inn Birmingham.

Blakesley Hall

Built in 1590, Blakesley Hall oozes charm and heritage just outside Birmingham’s city centre. The interior reflects a late Tudor/ Stuart lifestyle of a wealthy family allowing visitors to immerse and learn about the period’s history. There is also a traditional herb garden and orchard that is home to beautiful butterflies and other fauna.

Blakesley Hall is a short 20-minute drive from our Birmingham hotel, admission prices and tour times vary depending on holidays and weekends.

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. This fantastic underwater journey also offers an incredible 360˚ ocean tunnel and an interactive rockpool experience – view opening and feeding times to plan your trip.

The Sealife Centre is situated on the Water's Edge, Brindleyplace, which is just a four-minute walk away from Jurys Inn Birmingham. Admission into the Sealife Centre costs £12.40 for adults and children over 3 (online) and £20.95 on the day. Family prices are available.

Aston Hall

A stunning 17th Century mansion, Aston Hall offers a fantastic day out for all ages. Situated in a public park, this Grade I listed building hosts a range of events, activities, and trails. Explore the display rooms to learn the rich history of Aston Hall, especially during the English civil war, and wander through Lady Holte’s Garden, beautifully designed with an impressive and unique water feature.

Take a look at ‘what’s on’ for upcoming events. Admission prices and tour times vary between weekdays and weekends. Aston Hall is a 30-minute bus journey from Jurys Inn.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

A wonderful Grade II listed building and a Birmingham landmark, ‘BMAG’ offers over 40 galleries of diverse art displays and exhibitions. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to one of the world's finest collections of pre-Raphaelite paintings, as well as impressive collections of silver, sculpture, ceramics, archaeology, natural and social history.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a short nine-minute walk from our Birmingham hotel on Broad Street. Admission is free and visitors are welcome to drop in and look around at their leisure.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

This is an award-winning, working museum based around a 'time capsule' jewellery factory. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter offers visitors a fantastic guided tour of the factory and allows you to meet skilled jewellers at work. There is also a shop that sells a selection of Birmingham-made contemporary jewellery.

Entrance costs just £5 per adult and £4 for concessions. The museum is a leisurely 23-minute walk from Jurys Inn, or a five-minute drive. Take the fourth exit off Five Ways Island onto Icknield Middleway and then turn left into Warstone Lane.

National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum is home to 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. Entry to the Museum is just £8.95 per adult and £6.95 per child under 12 years.

A little outside Birmingham city centre, The National Motorcycle Musuem is a short 26-minute drive to Solihull. 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.

Think Tank

The Think Tank offers an exciting and engaging day out as families explore this award-winning science museum. Consisting of ten themed galleries of interactive, informative exhibits, this modern museum allows you to discover everything from locomotives and aircrafts, to intestines and taste buds. Spanning over four floors and housing over 200 ‘hands-on’ displays, a science garden and Planetarium, this museum provides a great day out for all.

The Think Tank museum is situated in the relatively new complex - Millennium Point, Digbeth, which is a ten-minute drive, or 20 minutes by bus/walking from Jurys Inn Birmingham. Standard admission fees are £8.90 for children, and £12.75 for adults. Family and group rates are also available.

Bullring Birmingham

Birmingham's newest shopping destination offers the most exhilarating city retail experience you'll find anywhere in Europe. The Bullring Birmingham 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.

The shopping centre is a short 17-minute walk from our Birmingham hotel.

Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter is a truly unique and vibrant part of Birmingham’s past and present. The Quarter is a shopping ‘must’ with over 100 specialist jewellery retailers, designers and craftspeople. In addition to jewellery, you can browse galleries, wedding shops, gift shops and fashion specialists – the area is constantly expanding, making no two visits the same!

The Jewellery Quarter is a short 23-minute walk from Jurys Inn.