Britain’s second city has a positive, creative new face and a new vitality about it.
With grand public spaces, its very own Symphony Orchestra and a wealth of shopping and entertainment choices, Birmingham is the vibrant new place to connect, eat, drink – and satisfy that shopping itch with some serious retail therapy.
As you would expect of a major station in the heart of England, Birmingham extremely well connected with regular services, chiefly out of Birmingham New Street station. You can get to New Street by
Virgin Trains from London Euston, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central. CrossCountry services to and from Birmingham are extensive, including Leicester, Cardiff, Manchester, Bristol, Plymouth, Newcastle and Reading. London Midland operates regional services to and from destinations including Wolverhampton, Walsall and Coventry, while Arriva Trains Wales will take you to and from Shrewsbury.
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Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise – and has choices aplenty from the iconic Selfridges to the dazzling Jewellery Quarter. Meanwhile, the city’s artistic and cultural genes get exercised in Arts Fest, the UK’s biggest free arts festival every September. And if that’s not enough, there’s the NEC, the NIA, the Belfry and Premier League and Championship football to get you off your seat.
Birmingham New Street is the UK’s busiest station outside London – and a major interchange on the network. As one of the least loved stations in the UK, it’s now undergoing complete redevelopment, expected to last until 2015. Not far from the mainline station, the New Street Signal Box, a corrugated concrete structure built in the 1960s, is a notable piece of postwar architecture which has achieved Grade II listed status.
Birmingham New Street Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/BHM.html
Birmingham Snow Hill Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/BSW.html
60 Aston St
West Midlands B4 7DU