Where to stay in Birmingham

Visiting the UK in all its states? Here are the best places to stay in Birmingham!

Often dubbed « the workshop of the world » – and no, it’s not China – Birmingham is England’s second-largest metropolis. – and no, it’s not China – the city of Birmingham is England’s second-largest metropolis, and is often considered the UK’s second-largest city after London. The city – located in central England, in the West Midlands region – is home to an urban population of 1.08 million and 3.7 million in the urban area. As is often the case in the UK, accommodation in Birmingham can be expensive, so make sure you target the right areas and book your hotel in advance. Pioneer city of the Industrial Revolution, commercial city and economic powerhouse of England, Birmingham is the UK’s second most important economic hub and third most visited city.

Birmingham is a multicultural city attracting countless expatriates. It is also famous for the Peaky Blinders gang series. Its neighborhoods offer a different way of life: without further ado, here’s where to stay in Birmingham.

Central Birmingham

Birmingham’s city center, organized around Victoria Square, Cathedral Square and Birmingham Moore Street station, is the commercial heart of the city, where everything blends together: commerce, Victorian architecture, bars to go out in, restaurants, hotels to stay in Birmingham, street entertainment and shopping malls. New Street, the city’s most famous thoroughfare, links Victoria Square (Birmingham Town Hall) to the main railway station.

The monuments – Chamberlain Square, Victoria Square – are well worth a visit. Don’t miss the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, a museum with countless collections covering antiquity, fine art, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history. Beware, accommodation in Central Birmingham promises to be expensive!

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Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Quarter, loger à Birmingham

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It was the joallier district and once a very wealthy area of the city. Once at the forefront of the industrial revolution, the district underwent a slow decline during the 20th century, but is now enjoying a new lease of life. Many former warehouses and factories have been rehabilitated for residential or commercial use. Many trendy bars and restaurants are springing up. The area will appeal to art lovers and party-goers alike: what could be better than a drink at the pub after a good museum (J. W. Evans Silver Factory, Pen museum) or a visit to an art gallery such as the Argentea Gallery?

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Moseley

Moseley, loger à Birmingham

Photo credit: Flickr – Tony Hisgett

Looking for a place to stay in Birmingham without the hustle and bustle of the city centers? We may have just what you’re looking for. Moseley is an area in the south of the city that could be likened to a suburb, yet has a gentrified, bourgeois-bohemian identity, with alternative pubs and bars, and a village community atmosphere. Food and music festivals take place all year round in Moseley, attracting many young workers, young couples and families. It’s easy to see that accommodation in Moseley is expensive, as the area attracts a more affluent clientele.

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Selly Oak

Selly Oak, loger à Birmingham

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Selly Oak is Birmingham’s student district: rents in Selly Oak, southwest of the city center, are more affordable. Its proximity to the University and lower rents attract many students, young workers and some families who enjoy the student lifestyle. There are plenty of green spaces and bars.

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Edgbaston

Edgbaston, loger à Birmingham

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Looking for accommodation in Birmingham close to the city center? The Edgbaston district acts as a buffer zone between the center and the suburbs. It’s a leafy area, close to Birmingham University and the Botanic Gardens, and home to many popular restaurants and trendy bars. As a result, accommodation in Edgbaston is described as pleasant and attractive to young people, hipsters and workers.

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