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Holiday lettings for a Birmingham retreat

A bustling city nestled in the heart of the countryside, Birmingham is a hotbed of diverse culture and rich history. From majestic waterways for outdoor excursions to long strolls through magnificent architecture and heritage sites, there’s something for everyone in Birmingham, all within reach of the holiday lettings.


Heritage sites near Birmingham holiday homes

The rich history and culture of Birmingham are displayed in various heritage sites and museums throughout the area. Holiday homes can be found near locations like Aston Hall, a 17th-century mansion with period rooms, scenic gardens and special events, and Birmingham Back to Back, a set of restored historic homes reflecting the changes between 1840 and 1977. The National Motorcycle Museum, a sprawling exhibition hall filled with restored British motorcycles from different eras, and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, a heritage museum that celebrates the jewellery heritage and legacy with workshops and exhibits, are two unique museums that show you a different aspect of Birmingham history.

Things to do

Things to do near Birmingham holiday homes

No matter the age or interest, Birmingham has an array of destinations for all types of travellers. Holiday homes are available near places like Cadbury World, a museum with interactive displays related to chocolate-making and the history of the Cadbury company, and the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, an aquarium with freshwater and marine life in naturalistic displays. The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, a Victorian museum with a domed round room showing pre-Raphaellites, Staffordshire hoard and historical artefacts, is a must for history buffs. You could also visit the Black Country Living Museum, a museum chronicling life in a 19th-century iron-working town with coal seam, forge and steam-engine relics.


Activities and attractions in Birmingham

Are you searching for attractions to see while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Birmingham has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • National Exhibition Centre (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Chinese Quarter (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Broad Street (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • National Sea Life Centre (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • StarCity (2.5 mi / 4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Birmingham

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Birmingham is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Cannon Hill Park (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Edgbaston Reservoir (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Winterbourne Botanic Garden (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Birmingham Eco Park (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Woodgate Valley Country Park (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Birmingham

Fly into Birmingham (BHX), the closest airport, located 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Coventry (CVT), which is 18.7 mi (30.1 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham Moor Street Station and Birmingham Snow Hill Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Transport to Birmingham holiday cottages

Birmingham is easily accessed by road, rail and air. The Birmingham Airport is a global travel hub only 10 minutes from the city centre, with transport links to get you where you need to go. Once there, travelling around Birmingham and the surrounding region can be done through the network of West Midlands travel, which includes buses, trams and trains. If you prefer, you can walk from your holiday rental to various landmarks and attractions throughout the city to enjoy the scenery.

Food & drink 

Sample Birmingham regional cuisine

As a centre for commerce, Birmingham has a rich culinary background with local specialities that are highly-sought on every restaurant menu. Faggots, a duck dish that uses offal, breadcrumbs and onions with peas and gravy, and groaty pudding, a rich and hearty meat stew with soaked groats and beef stock, are two of the most delectable traditional recipes. For dessert, enjoy Shrewsberry cakes, a type of biscuit cake with dried fruits and lemon zest that dates back to the 18th century. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find a restaurant near your holiday rental that lets you sample the rich food culture of Birmingham.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Birmingham holiday homes

Plenty of family-friendly destinations in Birmingham are perfect for an outing with the kids. Holiday homes can be found near attractions like the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, an animal-conservation and breeding centre with endangered species, and the Sarehole Mill Museum, an 18th-century watermill museum with a Victorian bakehouse and family-friendly Tolkien exhibits. Kids will also enjoy the Walsall Arboretum, a Victorian public park with formal gardens, fitness clubs and a children’s play area, or the Woodgate Valley Country Park, a rural parkland with a brook for pony trekking or nature walks. The Ash End House Children’s Farm, an animal-oriented farm with tractor and pony rides, lamb-feeding and a petting zoo, is a must for a fun-filled day with the kids.

How many holiday rentals are available around Birmingham?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 704 holiday lettings around Birmingham. From 342 flats & apartments to 254 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Birmingham?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Birmingham:

  • Birmingham City Centre: 267 holiday homes
  • Sheldon: 24 holiday homes
  • Moseley: 15 holiday homes
  • Edgbaston: 160 holiday homes
  • Business District: 136 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Birmingham? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Birmingham. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Sarehole Mill: 901 holiday lettings
  • National Exhibition Centre (NEC): 834 holiday lettings
  • Birmingham Bournville Station: 888 holiday lettings
  • Birmingham Kings Norton Station: 916 holiday lettings
  • Barclaycard Arena: 743 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Birmingham listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Birmingham?

Yes, of course. offers 342 Flats in Birmingham. Our other popular types of Birmingham holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 254 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 56 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 56 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Birmingham?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 10 holiday homes with pool available in Birmingham. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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