Things to do in Birmingham

The Thistle Birmingham is the ideal place to explore the UK’s second-largest city. Once known as ‘the workshop of the world’, Birmingham has been transformed into a modern, thriving multi-cultural, leisure, sporting and retail destination. Whether you’re into big name brands, huge sporting events, cultural giants or the little matter of chocolate, the Thistle Birmingham is bound to be within just a short walk or drive.

Arts & Culture

  • Town Hall and Symphany Hall - 1.0 Miles

    Dominating the city centre’s Victorian and Chamberlain Squares, these two world-class concert halls host the best musicians and performers in the world. The Grade I listed landmark never fails to attract widespread public and critical acclaim.

  • Alexandra Theatre - 0.7 Miles

    Commonly known as ‘The Alex’, and built at the turn of the 20th Century, this hugely popular theatre currently seats over 1,300 and hosts a continually changing programme of touring drama, west-end shows and stand-up comedy.

  • Birmingham Hippodrome - 0.8 Miles

    Found in the Chinese quarter of the city, the Hippodrome, puts on performances to suit every taste, including musicals, pantomime, ballet, opera, drama, dance and comedy.

  • Black Country Museum - 12.5 Miles

    Our award-winning corner of the West Midlands is now one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom. Located near Dudley, the living museum celebrates the world’s first industrial landscape.

Local Attractions

  • Drayton Manor Theme Park - 15.5 Miles

    Dare you try some of the scariest rides around? Set in 280 acres of lakes and parkland, Drayton Manor boasts the world’s first stand-up tower drop, Europe’s only stand-up roller coaster and the best water ride in the country.

  • Sea Life Centre - 1.1 Miles

    Located in Brindleyplace, 10 minutes from the hotel, this fascinating venue has feeding demonstrations an interactive rock pool and over a thousand different creatures, including Sharks, Giant Turtles, Seahorses, Otters and Rays.


  • Cannon Hill Park - 2.1 Miles

    One of the premier parks in the city, deserving of its Green Flag status. With flowerbeds, lakes, pools and a wonderful collection of trees, tennis courts, bowling and putting greens, as well as riverside walkways and cycle routes, it’s easy to see why.


  • Brindleyplace - 1.3 Miles

    With a range of venues from around the world, Brindleyplace presents the best choice of indoor and alfresco dining experiences in Birmingham. Venues range from award winning fine dining restaurants, to relaxed family friendly eateries.


  • The Bullring - 0.6 Miles

    The site of a market in the Middle Ages, the Bullring is a major shopping and leisure complex in the heart of the city. Lose yourself in over 160 shops including Apple, Debenhams, Selfridges and Zara.

  • The Mailbox - 0.8 Miles

    The Mailbox is an upmarket development of offices, designer shops, restaurants, bars and luxury apartments in the city centre and on the boundary of the city centre core. Well worth a visit.

  • The Jewellery Quest - 0.8 Miles

    This unique area dates back over 250 years and is still home to over 400 jewellery businesses. It is a designated conservation area and a proposed World Heritage Site with few, if any, parallels in the whole of Europe.


  • Alexander Stadium - 3.1 Miles

    Whilst host for many major music events, this is the city’s pre-eminent athletics stadium, seating almost 13,000 spectators. Home of Birchfield Harriers, the £multi-million facility also boasts an Indoor High Performance Centre.

  • Villa Park - 1.8 Miles

    Home to Aston Villa FC since 1897, Villa Park hosts Premier League football for one of the country’s most famous teams, winner of seven league titles, seven FA Cups and the European Cup in 1982.

  • St. Andrews - 2.4 Miles

    The 30,000 seater stadium has been the home ground of Birmingham City FC for more than a century. The Blues currently play in the Championship and last tasted success in 2011 when they won the League Cup at Wembley.

Tourist Spot

  • National Indoor Arena - 1.2 Miles

    The National Indoor Arena is the UK's premier sports arena seating around 10,000 for events ranging from rock climbing and ice skating to the grandest of grand opera.

  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre - 0.9 Miles

    Founded in 1913 the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (commonly called Birmingham Rep or just The Rep) is a theatre and a theatre company based on Centenary Square in Birmingham. It is one of the most influential companies in the history of the English Stage.

  • Cadbury World - 5.2 Miles

    Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating fun-packed day out at Cadbury World in Bournville! Learn how your favourite confectionery is made, play in chocolate rain and create your own delicious taste sensation.

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