Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and there’s plenty to see and do right here.
You might be surprised to know what a fantastic travel hub it makes, too.
See more of this beautiful part of the country, from must-see historic sites to relaxed family fun. You’ll find everything you need for an incredible holiday – all within just 50 miles of Birmingham.
Fit for a King – and Queen
If you’ve always longed to walk around a castle, you’re spoilt for choice.
Soak up 1100 years of history in one day at Warwick Castle, with live shows featuring jousting and birds of prey. Step even further back into the past at Stokesay Castle, a 13th-century fortified manor house. Ruins are beautiful, too – and few are more so than those of Kenilworth Castle, where you can walk in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I.
For a traditional English afternoon tea, pay a visit to Huffkins in the mediaeval Cotswolds town of Burford. Don’t leave without a hearty chunk of the local cheese, Oxford Blue. Meat lovers should head northeast to the market town of Melton Mowbray, and Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe.
Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, is a must for international visitors and Brits alike. Immerse yourself in the nineteenth century at Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Why not visit a new country? The Welsh border is less than 50 miles from Birmingham, and it’s a short hop across the border to the historic market town of Knighton.
The Great Outdoors
Birmingham may be a bright bustling city, but its central location means five designated Areas of Natural Beauty and a National Park are all an easy drive away.
For dramatic scenery, pull on your hiking boots and head north for the Peak District. Nature reserves and trails through ancient woodlands offer options for hardy walkers and afternoon strollers alike in the Malvern Hills. Further southwest lies the Wye Valley, with its spectacular limestone gorge scenery and beautiful riverside walks. For an authentic sense of England’s beech woods, stone walls and rolling fields, choose the Cotswolds.
Cadbury World offers sweet treats from a trip through a Mayan rainforest to a 4D cinema adventure. Blow away the cobwebs on the rides at Alton Towers theme park. Travel around the world to see big cats, zebra, rhino, elephants and many more at West Midlands Safari Park. Or, if you’ve a good head for heights, visit Go Ape Cannock Chase for high ropes, zip wires and Tarzan swings among the trees.
Continue the retail therapy with a trip to Bicester Village, a designer outlet featuring deep discounts on great brands in fashion, sportswear, and luxury goods at over 160 designer boutiques
Cricket is a big part of Birmingham’s vibrant culture, with a range of high profile sporting events taking place in the city throughout the year. We are lucky to be located in the close vicinity of Edgbaston Stadium, one of the country’s largest and most prominent cricket grounds. Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre is situated a 15-20 minute drive from the Edgbaston Stadium, making our hotel an ideal venue for an overnight stay if you are visiting the city for a cricket event, or if you would like to be within easy reach of the stadium, should you decide to treat yourself to a cricket match during your stay.
We know there may me many cricket fans amongst our current and future guests, so we have put together a list of this year’s key fixtures for Edgbaston Stadium, along with useful links to match dates and additional information:
Domestic Cricket – First XI Fixtures
Supporting the Warwickshire County Cricket Club or the T20 Birmingham Bears? A range of sporting events for the First XI team are held at Edgbaston Stadium every month.
The complete list of fixtures for the Warwickshire County Cricket Club First XI Team are available here.
The complete list of fixtures for the Birmingham Bears First XI Team are available here.
Domestic Cricket – Second XI Fixtures
Supporting the Warwickshire County Cricket Club or the T20 Birmingham Bears? A range of sporting events for the Second XI team are held at Edgbaston Stadium every month.
The complete list of fixtures for the Warwickshire County Cricket Club Second XI Team are available here.
The complete list of fixtures for the Birmingham Bears Second XI Team are available here.
Domestic Cricket – Women’s Fixtures
Supporting the Warwickshire County Cricket Club or the T20 Birmingham Bears Women’s Team? A range of sporting events for the Women’s Team are held at Edgbaston Stadium every month.
The complete list of fixtures for the Warwickshire County Cricket Club Women’s Team are available here.
The complete list of fixtures for the Birmingham Bears Women’s Team are available here.
All England Fixtures
The complete list of all England fixtures is available here.
All County Fixtures
The complete list of all County fixtures is available here.