Industrial action during December.
Unfortunately, the RMT union has called a number of strikes for December (the next scheduled dates are Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December, Wednesday 27 December and Sunday 31 December.) that will significantly affect CrossCountry train services. We will be operating a reduced service but running some longer trains. Amended timetables will be confirmed nearer to each strike day, so please keep checking this page for details before using any on-line journey planners. Click here for the latest information.
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Birmingham is a city packed full of energy and excitement for people of all ages with plenty to do and see. Being at the heart of England means it is very easy to reach from all over Great Britain and with an extensive travel network it's of no surprise that the city is ever increasing in popularity. Trains to Birmingham are available from across Great Britain and cheap train tickets to Birmingham are available when you book in advance online.
Birmingham has four main railway stations, these include:
Known as one of Europe's centre of trade, retail and culture, Birmingham is famous for being a vibrant, fast-paced and dynamic city full of life.
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If you know that you are travelling to one of Birmingham's stations ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap train ticket because you can plan and book in advance. This type of ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book your train tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of departure.
We understand however, that you don't always know exactly which train you want so now you can also buy our great value range of Advance tickets and reserve your seat up to 15 minutes before you board a CrossCountry service, via our website or our Train Ticket app, subject to availability.
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Birmingham hosts a vast variety of entertainment and events which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Whether you're looking for a breath of fresh air or to simply experience the hustle and bustle of city life, Birmingham has it all. Here are a list of the top attractions:
Known as one of the top shopping centres in Europe, this place is every shopaholic's heaven where you can shop till you drop. The majority of the shops are open till late most days and are easily accessible from Birmingham New Street and other central stations.
Opened in 2001, the Millennium point has outstanding architecture and design which attracts millions each year. It is a host to many popular attractions including the National Educational Centre, Imax cinema and Think Tank science museum. The nearest station is Moor Street which is a 10 minute walk away. New Street Station and Snowhill are a little further away and will be approximately a 15 minute walk.
Every chocoholic's dream come true. An exciting chocolate fun-filled world suitable for people of all ages in need of a sugar rush. A day full of lots of chocolate filled activities. Learn about the history, how it is made and of course polish up that sweet tooth for demonstrations. The nearest station is Bournville Station (you can connect from New Street station) and is a 15 minute walk.
Explore life under water at the incredible Sea Life centre where you can get a closer peak at the life under the sea. With a 4D cinema, interactive rock pool, underwater tank and feeding demonstrations throughout the day this is guaranteed to make your day begin with a splash! The nearest station is New Street and is a 15 minute walk.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, the Botanical Garden consists of 15 acres of beautifully landscaped bliss. Nature at its best, the gardens are captivating with a range of extraordinary plants and colourful flowers, with an onsite cafe and garden shop. The gardens can be reached by a bus ride from the nearest station which is New Street.
Birmingham is an increasingly popular destination for millions of visitors each year. With the pride of its heritage and a modern prospect Birmingham is thought to have the best of both worlds.