Located in the central region of the UK, Birmingham is part of the West Midlands county of England. Birmingham was once a major player during the industrial revolution with a multitude of trades being created here; it's no surprise this city was known as the "Workshop of the World." It has recently been redeveloped; however, it retains its industrial heritage whilst still been innovative and modern. There is plenty to see and do for visitors travelling to this city and sure to have something exciting for everyone.
Shopping lovers will want to explore the city centre shopping district. There is a combination of local and designer labels in the smaller boutiques as well as world-renowned brands such as GAP, H&M and of course a Starbucks Coffee House. The Bullring Markets in the heart of the city is the perfect place to pick up everything from fresh seafood through to fancy dress outfits, electrical goods and more. If you'd prefer to grab a novel or comic book series to read on your travels be sure to check out Nostalgic & Comics store. Grab a bite to eat at one of the hundreds of restaurants that litter the city. You will find an array of cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Italian and English that vary in prices from mid-range to indulgence. There are many bars and pubs in the city as well as along Birmingham's famous canals for visitors to enjoy a refreshing drink on a sunny afternoon.
Tourists interested in history have an array of museums and galleries to visit, including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery which displays local history and a collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. If you have a sweet tooth or are travelling with children, be sure to check out Cadbury World for a guided tour of the factory that makes this world famous chocolate. You will receive some free chocolate along the way and have the option to purchase an assortment of Cadbury's products at the end of the tour.
Drive out of Birmingham for the day and head north-west for two hours until you reach Liverpool, the home of the Beatles. Here you will find the Pier Head Waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as two cathedrals with outstanding architecture and the biggest national museum collection outside of London. Head south-east along the M6 or M1 if you'd like to visit London and experience this vibrant, multicultural city full of hustle and bustle. There are many iconic attractions here including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye and Hyde Park. Leeds is another destination only a two-hour drive north of Birmingham. This buzzing city has much to do including visits to one of the many museums, galleries, parks, shopping and financial districts, restaurants, bars and pubs.
There is so much to see and do in and around Birmingham so start planning your trip of a lifetime today by downloading our free UK travel guide. The Auto Europe blog has suggestions on more places to visit within the UK as well as recommended driving routes.
Auto Europe's car hire suppliers in Birmingham include Hertz, InterRent, Enterprise and Europcar.
Depots are located at Birmingham International Airport and numerous downtown locations for your convenience.
Street parking in Birmingham's city centre is operated by Pay and Display meter systems and operate differently between zones. The prices of the Inner Zone range from £1.60 - £3 per hour between 8 am and 6 pm from Monday to Saturday and 8 am to 7:30 pm on Sundays. Free parking is available after 7:30 pm every day. The Outer Zone, Gun Quarter Zone and Jewellery Quarter Zone are in operation from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm and usually cost around £2.90 for up to four hours. Free parking is available after 6 pm every day. The Pay and Display areas are monitored by parking rangers so be sure to purchase a ticket, display it correctly and return to your hire car within the specified time to avoid a fine.
Multi-storey car parks are a cheaper option, available from approximately £1 per hour. Evening rates, of £3, are offered in some car parks for motorists entering after 6 pm. Check out Birmingham City Council's parking page for more information.
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