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Area Guide - Hillscourt
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Hillscourt offers 54 en-suite bedrooms, most of which are located in the purpose-built accommodation block, adjacent to the main house. Designed with comfort and relaxation in mind, each room is contemporarily styled and furnished and comes fully-equipped with all the necessary conveniences one would expect from a hotel of this calibre. Every room includes a flat-screen TV with freeview channels, direct-dial telephone, tea & coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi access available at a modest charge. There are also room configurations to suit all types of traveller, including Single, Double and Family options.
Hillscourt offers first-class catering with standard that would be the envy of many larger establishments. Breakfast is served on a hot and cold buffet basis offering a large variety of options. Lunches are also served buffet style, providing a range of hot dishes followed by a sweet and tea and coffee. In the evening a delicious three-course table d'hôte dinner is available with a selection of dishes that are sure to satisfy even the most discerning of food lovers. The Bar is the perfect place for guests to unwind and has a great range of draught beers, including a guest real ale, as well as over thirty varieties of whiskey to choose from.
Hillscourt is renowned as one of the country’s premier conference and meeting venues. It offers a blend of modern purpose-built facilities which are located in the Conference Block as well as more traditional meeting rooms in the Victorian house. Flexible, versatile and with state-of-the-art equipment, the rooms are designed to adapt to a client’s particular needs. It’s not all business though; the idyllic surroundings and excellent service make it the perfect venue for weddings and other functions. The team of experienced and dedicated staff will ensure that the day itself will flow seamlessly, allowing guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a truly memorable occasion.
Situated on the southern border of Birmingham near Bromsgrove, Hillscourt is ideally located at the hub of the national transport network, just a 5 minute drive from the M42 and the M5. What’s more the Hotel has ample and secure on-site parking, making it both convenient and easily accessible. Birmingham New Street station provides excellent rail links to the rest of the country, and there is also a local station at Longbridge just a 5 minute taxi ride away. For those flying in, Birmingham International Airport is less than half an hour’s drive.The Hillcourt Hotel boasts an impressive location that is ideally suited for making the most of all that the surrounding area has to offer. Just a 20 minute drive away is the vibrant city centre of Birmingham. Renowned as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Britain, Birmingham is home to some of the most fantastic shopping in the country. The Mailbox offers big brand indulgence from the likes of Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani, whilst the Bullring, one of the UK’s largest shopping centres is perfect for favourite high-street stores such as Topshop, Apple, DKNY and of course the iconic Selfridges. And what with the colourful markets and the world-famous Jewellery Quarter, it’s a virtual shopper’s paradise. What’s more, with an endless selection of exciting bars and night-clubs as well as comedy clubs, theatres and gigs, there is always something happening. Birmingham is also the proud home of the National Exhibition Centre, one of the busiest such venues in Europe, hosting over 160 exhibitions and 2.5 million visitors each year. Also nearby is the LG Arena, renowned for its blockbusting concerts and sporting events. Those seeking more cultural pursuits are just as spoilt for choice. There’s the Hippodrome, Birmingham’s flagship theatre, the Alexandria, an exquisite Edwardian auditorium, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Black Country Museum, a fascinating open air account of the world's first industrial landscape. For family fun, Cadbury World chocolate factory, Drayton Manor Theme Park and the educational fun of Thinktank are sure provide hours of entertainment for children of all ages.
A Guide to Birmingham
Birmingham was once known only for its heavy industrialism and countless examples of concrete architecture, including the infamous Bullring shopping centre as well as the dilapidated Digbeth coach station, but thankfully not any more. Birmingham has firmly re-established itself as England’s second city, and has flourished to be a modern, buzzing cosmopolitan centre. With vibrant nightlife, fantastic hotels, great shopping and unique tourist attractions, Birmingham is definitely the heart of England.
Getting There and Away
Birmingham International Airport is located 8 miles/13 km east of central Birmingham.
To and From Birmingham International Airport:
Birmingham has 3 stations located centrally, and one station located by the NEC and the airport:
Getting around Birmingham city centre on foot is relatively easy, however, for anything outside of the immediate centre you will need to use the public transport system.
Metro/Bus Day tickets
Centro Day Tripper
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10:00-17:00
FREE (some temporary exhibitions may be charged).
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TS
Monday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-18:00 (open bank holiday Mondays)
Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6JD
8th April to 29th October, Tuesday to Sunday 11:30-16:00 (open bank holiday Mondays)
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
75-79 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6HA
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30-16:00 (open bank holiday Mondays)
Where to Stay
LateRooms has a wide variety of Birmingham hotels, apartments and guesthouses right across Birmingham, the NEC, and the surrounding area. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you are sure to find something to suit your needs.
Where to Eat
Birmingham has over 500 restaurants, with flavours from all across the world, not forgetting the world famous ‘Balti’, Birmingham’s signature dish.
Jonathans Hotel and Restaurant
16-26 Wolverhampton Road, Birmingham, B68 0LH
7 Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HL, +44 (0)121 643 3993
Al Frash Balti
186 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8JS, +44 (0)121 753 3120
1 Montague Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9HN, +44 (0)121-455-0999
Don Salvo Ristorante
156 - 158 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RG, +44 (0)121 643 4000
Birmingham’s nightlife has developed immeasurably over recent years. Broad Street is a lively place with a high concentration of bars, including a lot of the main chains. Brindley Place is a newly developed area by Birmingham’s canal side with lots of bars and restaurants.
Fifty Two Degrees North
Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD
61 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3RB
The Custard Factory, Lakeside Gibb St, Birmingham, B9 4AA
171 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RL
The Jam House
3 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham, B3 1QU
Theatre & Entertainment
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham, B40 1NT
National Indoor Arena (NIA)
King Edwards Road, Birmingham, B1 2AA
O2 Academy Birmingham
52-54 Dale End, Birmingham, B4 7LS
Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
For the Kids
Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG
7 days a week 10:00-17:00
Adult £6.95, Child £4.95, Family £20.00
Linden Road, Bourneville, Birmingham, B30 2LU
Closed January and Mondays and Fridays in November and December.
National Sea Life Centre
The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL
Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00
Shopping in Birmingham has developed significantly over the years, and is now home to stores such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, as well as the world famous Jewellery Quarter. From large department stores to independent boutiques, you will be spoilt for choice.
Birmingham, B5 4BU
Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1XL
38 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL
44-80 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B2 4UW
Birmingham also has many unique shops and individual retailers, located all across the city centre. From retro shops to art galleries, rare record shops to furniture emporiums, there is a plethora of hidden gems to be discovered.
Gay & Lesbian
Birmingham’s gay scene is constantly developing, and its prominence is definitely increasing. The hub of Birmingham’s gay scene is concentrated on and around Hurst Street, while there are lots of other gay-friendly bars across the city.
17 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham, B5 6SN
Kent Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD
Glamorous Show Bar
27-35 Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4BD
16 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD
The Green Room
Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD
As well as an abundance of bars and clubs, the major event for Birmingham’s gay/lesbian community is Gay Pride. This usually takes places during the second bank holiday in May, beginning on the Saturday and running through until Monday.