Welcome to Birmingham

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

Places to eat

Around Digbeth

The Warehouse Café
Here you can tuck into delicious vegan and vegetarian fare, lovingly prepared.
54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham. B5 5TH

The Karczma
Critically acclaimed, The Karczma is the place to go for hearty traditional Polish cuisine in a totally unique setting. One for the carnivores, with some veggie options. Also serves delicious Mead.
Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Digbeth. B5 5PH

Rico Libre
Birmingham’s newest tapas joint, the family run Rico has been causing quite a stir recently, and building a well-deserved reputation for serving up delicious, traditional tapas dishes in its quirky Digbeth venue. (BYOB, booking advised).
1 Barn Street, Digbeth. B5 5QD

Alfie Birds
A chilled out eatery by day and a lively bar and venue by night. Serves up a good range of pizzas, burgers and salads.
The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham. B9 4AA

The Spotted Dog
An Irish boozer with excellent beer garden. Good ales and the occasional bit of ceilidh music to boot.
Warwick Street, Digbeth. B12 0NH

Old Crown & Old Crown Coffee Club
The oldest Inn in the city (established in 1368), it serves good food and ales. They also have a little cafe where you can order everything from a full english or pastries to deli sandwiches.
188 High Street, Digbeth. B12 0LD


City Centre

Sushi Passion
A traditional sushi and sashimi restaurant, Sushi Passion recently moved to a serene new home in the Great Western Arcade and continues to build on its reputation for some of the best sushi in the city. (Booking advised)
Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2 5HU

Cherry Reds
Good value homely food, snacks and a wide selection of ales and ciders.
88-90 John Bright Street. B1 1BN

A relaxed canteen-style Korean restaurant. If you don’t know your Bibimbap from your Dubap, staff are happy to guide you through the menu.
Unit 1C, South Side, Hurst Street. B5 4TD


Places to stay

Hotel du Vin
Housed in a former Victorian eye hospital, a luxurious option in the city centre.
Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NR

Malmaison Birmingham
Stylish canalside bolthole in old post office building, with a brasserie/bar.
The Mailbox, 1 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 2JR

Premier Apartments
Spacious serviced apartments suitable for both short and longer stays. Located conveniently between Digbeth and the city centre.
Dean House, 38 Upper Dean Street. B5 4SG

Birmingham Central Backpackers
Former pub made homely hostel with brightly painted walls. As well as a cinema room, some rooms are equipped with pods.
58 Coventry Street, Digbeth. B5 5NH

Friendly and comfortable hostel in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
92–95 Livery Street Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1RJ.

No frills hotel housed in a Victorian Gothic revival building in the heart of Digbeth.
145 Alcester Street, Birmingham, B12 0PJ


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

Directions to the Barber Institute can be found via their website.

From the city centre, take the A38 towards Aston. Go over the Aston Expressway and onto the ringroad towards Dartmouth Circus roundabout. Go straight over the roundabout, up Thomas Street and left at the top of the road on to Park Lane. Take the slip road on the left before the traffic lights. The Drum is also accessible via the 33 or 51 bus from the city centre.

Directions to mac can be found via their website.

A thirty minute drive from Birmingham. Exit the M5 at Junction 2, then take the A4034 towards Black Heath then the A4100 to Netherton.

The number 50 bus from opposite Birmingham Moor Street Station goes past Ort.