Birmingham Journals

The Midland City of Birmingham

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An October 2002 trip to Birmingham by Timone

Quote: After Coventry, Birmingham is the largest city near to where I live and so this journal shows some of the great things there are to do in the city.

The Midland City of Birmingham

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Overview

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Birmingham used to be a dirty, polluted busy city with a high crime rate but it has redeemed itself recently and is now one of the top cities in Europe. Some of those highlights include the restored canal basin and the walks and cafes next to the Grand Union Canal. Bill Clinton once visited here and apparently loved the beer! Broad Street, also next to the canal has some great pubs and bars and this is where the nightlife is in Birmingham city centre. Birmingham also has some superb centres for rock concerts, classic concerts and shows such as the Good Food Show, the Motor Show, the National Motorcycle Show etc. these are held at either the NEC near Birmingham International Station or NIA which is on...Read More
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I went to the Hilton Metropole for a dinner dance and had a great evening. The hotel is huge, with about 800 rooms that, while basic (they're not nearly as nice as the adjacent Crowne Plaza), do have everything you need. The food is wonderful and certainly makes up for the lackluster rooms. The hotel has a huge foyer area and bar and lots of function rooms; we were in one of the largest ones and had ample room to dance and eat. The meal was a set meal and limited in choice but it was hot and there was plenty of food. The breakfast the next morning was just as good and included in our room price--if it isn't included in yours, you might complain at paying £14. It's a large buffet breakfast with everyth...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2002

Hilton Birmingham Metropole
National Exhibition Centre
Birmingham, England B40 1PP
+44 (121) 780-4242

Crowne Plaza Nec

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Hotel | "Crowne Plaza, Birmingham NEC"

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This hotel is a superb place to stay. I booked over the phone with no idea what it would be like and arrived to discover it's rather posh looking and has a rating of 4 star deluxe. However, the price is not expensive, we paid £80 for a room which was a special weekend rate, and gave us a double room with all the facilities you could want. The reception staff were really helpful and it was great to leave the car in the hotel carpark instead of the NEC carpark. Our room was huge and nicely decorated. There was a double bed, tv, sofabed, desk, chair, coffee table with free bottled water and chocolate, an iron and ironing board, trouser press, minibar and coffee/tea making facilites. The bathroom had ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2002

Crowne Plaza Nec
Pendigo Way Natl Exhib Ctr.
Birmingham, England
+44 (870) 400-9160

Hard Rock Cafe (Birmingham)

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Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe"

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I've been to many Hard Rock Cafes around the world but was bitterly disappointed with the this one. The dining area was small and in two sections, one tucked away around the corner, the other backing onto a huge, open floor area for the bar. I imagine they plan to have people in the bar for more than eating but it's sad as it means the restaurant loses it's cozy Hard Rock feel. The service was incredibly slow and I had booked a table, though that didn't seem to have made any difference. The food thankfully was classic Hard Rock food and the Pig Sandwich I had was more than enough with its fries, coleslaw and bean salad. I did force down an icecream too since by the time I'd waited for it I'd digest...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 25, 2002

Hard Rock Cafe (Birmingham)
263 Broad Street
Birmingham, England B1 2HF
+44 (121) 665-6562

BBC Good Food Show

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Attraction | "The Good Food Show"

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The Good Food Show is an annual event held at the NEC in Birmingham. It covers several halls and is packed full with stands for every type of food imaginable. You can taste samples at most stands and many such as Jacobs have freebies too. You can also purchase all of the products at the show for cheaper than in the shops. There are also stands selling kitchen equipment such as knifes, pans, food mixers etc. There is also a huge wine and beer section. You can buy a wine glass for £2-50 though I'd recommend you take your own and save the money for something else. In the wine section you can wander up and down trying all the wines from around the world, plus beers, whiskies, gins, sherries etc. I'd a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2002

BBC Good Food Show
Broad Street (National Exhibition Centre)
Birmingham, England B40 1NT
+44 (870) 902-0555