Welcome to Birmingham

Flatpack’s recommendations on where to meet, sleep, eat and be merry in the second city:

Places to eat and drink

Homemade South American inspired cuisine – we recommend the nachos…

Buffalo & Rye
Recently opened in the centre of Birmingham, Buffalo & Rye offers burgers, gourmet dogs, house smoked meats and all-day brunch, as well as a great Whisky selection.

Island Bar
The place to be if you’re in the mood for a cocktail – many of the award winning drinks are original creations, and if you don’t fancy what’s on offer, they’re more than happy to mix something up for you.

The Jekyll & Hyde
Gin lovers rejoice – the Jekyll & Hyde is home to a Victorian Gin Parlour, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and complete with a gin and food fusion menu.

Marmalade offers fresh, homemade food, from brunch to a Sunday roast, and from coffee to cocktails.

The Victoria
A charming theatre pub with loads of character and (apparently) its very own ghost!

Rose Villa Tavern
A classic American style diner menu, in a Grade II listed building built in the early 1900’s.

Places to stay

Staying Cool
Very central location, nice spacious apartments, great views and lovely staff.
150 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4PA

Hotel La Tour
A luxurious option – modern hotel with contemporary rooms, great food and drink in a very central location.
Albert St, Birmingham B5 5JE

A contemporary, cosy hotel, centrally located within the lively Arcadian Centre, only a stones throw from New Street train station.
21 Ladywell Walk, Arcadian Centre, Birmingham B5 4ST

For more accommodation options you can search via the accommodation directory at www.visitbirmingham.com




Getting here

In the centre of England, Birmingham is easy to get to travel to by road, rail or air.

By rail

There are three city centre railway stations with frequent connections to both local and national destinations.
New Street Station – Birmingham’s main railway station with national connections, including a frequent fast service to London Euston. Services to London Marylebone are served by Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations.
We recommend the Trainline for purchasing train tickets in advance.

By road

Located at the heart of the UK motorway network, Birmingham is linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away.
If you are thinking of traveling to Birmingham by coach, National Express will drop you off at Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth. Mega Bus are also low cost option.
Local bus timetables can be found at nxbus.co.uk. Exact fare is needed.

By air

Birmingham Airport is located 10 miles from the city centre. Next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network it couldn’t be better connected. Travel into the city is a 10 minute train from Birmingham International Station.

Travel to venues outside Birmingham city centre

mac birmingham
Directions to mac can be found via their website.

Please note: due to the works taking place as part of the Paradise Birmingham development plans, some roads and pedestrian routes around Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square will be affected. Access updates can be found here: http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/access/

See Also

Though we are confident that Flatpack 10 will keep you suitably entertained, there are plenty of other things happening in Birmingham should you find yourself with a few spare moments as you make your way from one Flatpack event to the next.

Dan Flavin at Ikon Gallery
A major exhibition of the brilliant Dan Flavin’s fluorescent light works. See also…

New Art West Midlands at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Opposite our Gas Hall hub, an exhibition of contemporary art from recent graduates.

Ingenious and Fearless Companions at BOM
Birmingham Open Media hosts the first ever exhibition by the High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB) science-art collective.

Prem Sahib: Grand Union at Grand Union
Opening Thursday 21 April 6-8pm, Sahib’s work is informed by the atmosphere of queer meeting places and encounters in physical environments.

Silent Signal at Vivid Projects
A collaboration between animators and scientists, exploring the human body – on till 23rd April.

Permission Taken at the Bramall Music Building
Exhibition of work by Antonio Roberts exploring issues surrounding copyright, permission culture and art.