Trains to Birmingham
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Travelling to Birmingham by train
Step off the train into the UK's second largest city, home to a thriving creative community with its own influential art, music and literary scenes. Birmingham also boasts one of Europe’s biggest German Christmas markets. Birmingham New Street station gets you right into the heart of the city, with restaurants, shopping and museums all within walking distance. If you’re catching a flight, Birmingham International station gets you right to Birmingham Airport.
The National Exhibition Centre, or NEC, is one of the UK’s leading conference and events venues, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors and over 39,000 exhibiting companies to over 500 events every year. From pet shows to tech expos, you’ll find it all at the NEC.
Since opening its gates in 1882, Edgbaston has become a hub of cricketing history – from its first Ashes test match in 1902 to the first English senior game under floodlights in 1997. The ground has been expanded over the years and now offers a range of top-class facilities for match-going fans and cricket-obsessed visitors.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG)
Opened in 1885, this Grade II listed building is one of Birmingham’s most iconic landmarks. With 40+ galleries showcasing art, social history, archaeology and ethnography, BMAG draws visitors from across the UK and abroad, all eager to explore one of the UK’s very best galleries. The museum boasts one of the most important Pre-Raphaelite collections available to the public, including works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the world's largest collection of works by Edward Burne-Jones.
Discover the fascinating story behind one of the world’s best-loved confectioners. Featuring video content, animatronics, interactive displays and a whole lot more, its 14 zones trace the history of chocolate and the Cadbury brand. Add in the 4D Chocolate Adventure and the Bournville Experience, and you’re sure to leave Cadbury World as a bonafide chocolate expert.
This independent, internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery showcases work by artists from all across the globe. The Ikon Gallery immerses art lovers in unbridled creativity – film, photography, sculpture and sound as well as plenty of lively debate and participation to help bring art to life. Best of all, entry is free, so be sure to pencil in a few hours to wander round on your next visit to Birmingham.
It’s easy for kids and adults to spend hours exploring the fascinating exhibitions in Birmingham's award-winning science museum, Thinktank. With over 200 hands-on displays including a state-of-the-art digital planetarium and the museum’s outdoor activity space, Science Garden, there’s more than enough to get young minds racing on your next family day out.
Town Hall & Symphony Hall
Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall has been dubbed one of the finest concert halls in the UK, and for good reason. This Grade I listed building is one of the world’s oldest concert halls, and is rumoured to be the venue in which Charles Dickens gave his first public reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Whether you’ve booked to see one of the brilliant shows on the venue’s music and theatre programme, or just fancy taking a look around this historic building, Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall is well worth a visit the next time you’re in the city.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
Get a unique glimpse into the working life of Birmingham’s famous jewellers and metal workers in this perfectly preserved workshop. Previous owners, Smith & Pepper, unknowingly created a pristine time capsule for future generations when they decided to shutter their company in 1981. They left behind a working workshop that offers extraordinary insight into traditional methods of jewellery making. The museum’s guided tour is a must for those looking to take a deep dive into this piece of Birmingham history.
Bullring Shopping Centre
A haven for shoppers, Birmingham’s Bullring Shopping Centre is right in the centre of the city. This sprawling retail paradise offers over 160 shops, including Selfridges, Apple and Hollister, as well as a massive selection of bars and restaurants.
Whether you’re partial to panto, craving circus or in the mood for some breathtaking ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome has you covered all year round. It offers an extensive programme of eclectic performances. With over 500,000 visitors a year, it’s one of the UK’s busiest multistage theatres, and one of the best.
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Which London train stations go to Birmingham?
Trains run from London Euston to both major Birmingham train stations: Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International. Journeys take between an hour and an hour and a half from the capital, but it’s generally faster to travel to New Street. For up-to-the-minute travel times, check out our London Euston to Birmingham International page and Euston to New Street page.
Travelling from London to Birmingham is one of our most popular routes for both day trips and commuters, so we run regular services all through the day. If you’re travelling to Birmingham for business, be sure to log on to our onboard WiFi so you can keep firing out emails on the way.
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