Advice for rail users affected by RMT action: 27 September until 1 October
The RMT Union has announced further industrial action that would affect CrossCountry services from the start of Friday 27 September until the end of Tuesday 1 October. We remain in discussions with the RMT to seek a resolution and customers are advised to check our website for the latest travel information.
If this action goes ahead then on most days there would be little impact on our services. However, services on Sunday 29 September would be severely restricted. Seat reservations have been suspended and alternative arrangements are being prepared and will be made available here when finalised.
For more information on this, please find our dedicated page here:
A lively cosmopolitan city set in the heart of England
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Packed full of culture, energy, and diversity, Britain’s second-largest city is simply buzzing. Birmingham’s waterside attractions, world-class entertainment, inspiring museums and galleries sit alongside an explosion of gourmet restaurants, trendy bars and craft breweries.
Birmingham is an amazing place to spend a day, a weekend, or even a week. Lose yourself in the many districts that make up this vibrant city.
Birmingham New Street Station is located right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to kick start your adventures in Birmingham.
When you arrive in Birmingham you have a range of shopping options at your fingertips – Birmingham New Street Station is under the same roof as Grand Central and a convenient 3-minute walk from the Bullring. Known as one of the best shopping centres in Europe and one of Birmingham’s biggest attractions, the Bullring allows you to shop till you drop! Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is the UK’s centre for jewellery, so why not treat yourself? As well as sparkling diamonds, the Quarter reveals a sense of history, fine food and lively bars to keep you entertained. For local and independent options, explore the little shops tucked away down arcades – explore the beautiful architecture of the Great Western Arcade and Piccadilly Arcade’s hand painted ceilings.
Whatever your style, whatever your budget, Birmingham’s got your back.
A truly multi-cultural city, Birmingham has a thriving food scene. Pick up a curry in Birmingham’s Balti Triangle, or check out the Chinese Quarter to find some of the best Dim Sum restaurants in the Midlands, as well as some of the best karaoke venues. You will also find plenty of American, Greek, Italian, Jamaican and Ethiopian restaurants to choose from. If Michelin-starred is more your thing, then Birmingham’s got a handful of those too! For something a little different (we’re talking top-secret passwords and intimate dining experiences), why not check out Birmingham’s secret bars!
Birmingham’s cultural scene is booming and offers loads of activities for its visitors, including a variety of museums, galleries and landmarks. The Theatreland area of the city is a great choice to experience Birmingham’s culture – you can find the UK’s busiest theatre, amazing comedy clubs, and the country’s oldest working cinema. For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Cadbury World is a must; here you will learn how chocolate is made and get to do lots of tasting. A Brummie night out completes a grownup trip to Birmingham, so head to Broad Street or Southside to check out the bars, pubs and clubs and get in on the action.
Birmingham New Street Station has step-free access throughout. Those with mobility needs will find ramps for train access, assistance reaching platforms and accessible ticket machines.
Birmingham New Street is well connected to the whole city and the surrounding areas. Trams, buses and taxis are all easily accessible and regularly service the station.
For further information about Birmingham New Street Station, check out our station guide.
We want to help you travel cheaply, so as long as you buy your ticket 15 minutes before departure via our website or app, you can still enjoy great savings! To get the very best out of your train travel, read our top tips to find cheap train tickets and about our exclusive benefits offered to registered customers.
If you want to explore Birmingham and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Birmingham before you arrive.
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