Book a room in Birmingham and you’re guaranteed to see plenty of smiles. This might be the second-largest city in the UK, but the heart of the West Midlands is famously friendly, with a natural pride and enthusiasm for its rich culture.
Book a room at the Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, and you’ll find that characteristic warm welcome waiting for you – and so much more.
innovative, original, ambitious
Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is part of the University of Birmingham. This leading global university has always been a pioneer: founded in 1900, it was the UK’s first civic university, welcoming students regardless of their social or religious background. Today, it continues to make important things happen. It’s a vibrant community which thrives on being innovative, original and ambitious – values we’re proud to share here at the hotel.
As befits its global intellectual standing and diverse international community, the university provides visitors with an inspiring place to meet and stay, in a quiet spot on the edge of campus.
Conveniently located just two miles from Birmingham city centre, it’s only a six-minute train journey from Birmingham New Street to University station. It’s then a 15-minute stroll to the hotel through leafy Edgbaston, or a short hop for you and your luggage on our free shuttle bus service. If you’re driving, you’ll find limited free car parking on site, or at the multi-storey car park just around the corner.
contemporary style, period charm
The striking contemporary lines of the modern hotel and conference centre are framed by two distinguished original buildings. Garth House is Grade II-listed, the work of leading Arts and Crafts architect William Bidlake and now beautifully restored in period style as a luxury hotel. Hornton Grange, built in 1928, is now a boutique hotel, and like Garth House has enjoyed a full refurbishment with bespoke detailing to retain all its character. Together, they offer a wide variety of comfy rooms, dining options and event spaces. For conferences, the meeting rooms in the conference centre provide flexible, well-equipped venues for groups large or small.
Perhaps you’re here on business, visiting friends and family, or exploring the area. You might even be lucky enough to be celebrating your wedding day in one of our unique venues. Whatever the purpose of your stay, you’ll be in the safe hands of a committed staff team who are genuinely interested in you, and keen to ensure you enjoy your time here from start to finish.
Edgbaston Park Hotel: our story
If you’re looking for the park itself, you’re out of luck. Edgbaston Hall was a mediaeval manor house, built within a moat, of which no trace survives; it was burned down completely in 1688, during the Glorious Revolution. The hall was rebuilt in 1718, and its ‘park’ or grounds were landscaped by Lancelot Capability Brown in 1776. Sadly, only 47 hectares of that park remain, and are not open to the public.
So why would a hotel be named after a park you can’t visit?
The story’s simple, really.
Finding a name that captured the essence of what you’ll find here was never going to be an easy task. Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is a many-faceted gem. A sharp new venue attached to a prestigious university, with a long history of intellectual curiosity and academic ingenuity. A bold modern silhouette beside two traditional houses. An enticing new option for visitors to a vibrant city, yet with a peaceful leafy location in a conservation park.
It was this last that drew the hotel team to focus on a sense of place. The University of Birmingham is set in 276 acres of parkland. Edgbaston is well known for its green spaces. Visiting a hotel, whether for work, pleasure or a special event, should bring a sense of tranquillity and calm; it is, above all, a place to rest.
With an address on Edgbaston Park Road, the answer was there all along.