Sport in Birmingham
- Birmingham is home to two of the country’s oldest football clubs – Aston Villa and Birmingham City who have a fierce rivalry with matches between the teams known as the ‘Second city derby’.
- Aston Villa play in the top division of English football, the Premier League and won the old First Division 7 times and the European Cup in 1982. They play their matches at Villa Park, a 42,785 seated stadium in Aston.
- Birmingham City meanwhile currently compete in the EFL Championship. Their home stadium is St Andrew’s, a 29,409 capacity ground in the Bordesley district.
- West Bromwich Albion is located just outside the city boundaries in Sandwell. They play their matches at The Hawthorns and currently are part of the EFL Championship.
- Edgbaston Cricket Ground is the second largest cricket ground in England and is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, as well as frequently hosting international cricket and the t20 Blast Finals Day.
- There are two major championship golf courses in the city’s outskirts – The Belfry near Sutton Coldfield has hosted 4 Ryder Cup’s (1985, 1989, 1993 & 2002), several European Tour events and is the home of the Professional Golfers’ Association, whilst the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club near Birmingham Airport is also a regular host on the European Tour.
- In tennis, the Birmingham Classic at the Edgbaston Prior Club is one of the main warm-up events on the WTA Tour for Wimbledon.
- The Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr is the headquarters of UK Athletics and is the regular venue for the annual British Grand Prix, part of the IAAF Diamond League. The stadium is due to be redeveloped as it will be the main athletics venue as Birmingham hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
- The Arena Birmingham hosted the 2003 and 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships, is the regular venue for the annual Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix and will host Gymnastics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It also hosts the annual All England Open Badminton Championships.
Getting to Birmingham
Airport: Birmingham Airport is located approximately 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre. The Airport serves European destinations, as well as international destinations such as the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Qatar and the UAE. There is a train station (Birmingham International) at the airport which connects to central Birmingham.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to Birmingham and offers over 10 routes from Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
Train: Birmingham New Street Station is the biggest of Birmingham’s train stations, it serves many destinations across the UK including Bournemouth, Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Leicester, London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield and Southampton Central. From the station take the bus as listed above, or use a taxi.
Birmingham’s other main stations, Moor Street and Snow Hill are more regional, although there is a service to London Marylebone from Moor Street.
Where to stay in Birmingham
Food & Drink in Birmingham
What to do in Birmingham
The second largest city in England and the United Kingdom has plenty to offer, for shoppers the Mailbox, Bullring and Grand Central shopping malls offers everything you could ever want. The Library of Birmingham is an architectural delight opened in 2013 offering views over the city, with the city having more miles of canals than Venice, it was once a major hub in the extensive canal network of the UK and today the Birmingham Canals are mainly used for leisure purposes.
The Birmingham Back to Backs are restored terraced houses offering stories of those who lived their between the 1840s and 1970s. For younger visitors, the National Sea Life Centre offers over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life, with the only fully transparent 360-degree underwater tunnel in the United Kingdom. Cadbury World shows visitors the stages and steps of chocolate production and the history of chocolate and the company that produces many of its famed products.