This year, the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is being hosted at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.
So if you’re lucky enough to have tickets, get the most out of your visit with our guide on where to stay, places to eat and shows to see while you are in the city.
Places to stay
Stay close to the action with a hotel in the city centre. The Edgbaston cricket ground is only a 10 minute bus/car ride away or a 40 minute stroll from New Street Station if you fancy a stroll.
Here’s our top three hotels to book:
It’s a relaxing home from home at Staybridge Suites in Martineau Place. Offering a little oasis in their apartment-style suites, they are the perfect place to stop and experience the vibrant and culture-rich city of Birmingham. The hotel is only a short walk from New Street station and just a five minutes walk to the Bullring and Grand Central.
Complimentary breakfast and free Wi-fi is included with all suites.
There’s no more central spot to stay than at the Premier Inn at New Street station, located right above the station. The whole city is at your feet to explore and you’ll be spoilt for choice as you’re just minutes away from all the shops, bars and restaurants that the city has to offer.
Located in the historic Burlington Arcade, MacDonald Burlington Hotel offers 4-star luxury stay in the hustle and bustle of Birmingham. All of the rooms are individually decorated and stylish, making it the perfect place to wind down and relax after your busy day at the cricket ground.
Places to eat
You certainly won’t go hungry in the city centre as you’re spoilt for choice with plenty of restaurants to whet your appetite.
Grand Central has become the new hub for dining out in the city. From Thai, Italian to Mexican cuisine, there’s something for everyone here. You can grab a quick lunchtime bite at Tortilla or have an evening sit-down meal at Carluccio’s.
If you fancy a touch of luxury, The Mailbox is the place to go. Why not dine at Michelin Star Tom Atkin’s restaurant, Tom’s Kitchen for some classic British comfort food then finish off the evening with some magical, Instagram-worthy cocktails at Aluna. There’s also Zizzi’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nandos and Strada to satisfy your hunger.
Not only is the Bullring well-known as a world-class shopping destination, it’s also home to some well-loved restaurant chains with the likes of Jamie’s Italian, Handmade Burger Co., Nando’s and Bill’s.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to try, there are plenty of smaller independent restaurants on the streets. Be sure to check out The Stable, Buffalo & Rye, La Galleria, Amantia and Bodega. You can thank us later.
Shows to see
With all the matches being in the day, there’s no reason not to visit our theaters to see one of our many spectacular shows in the evening. Here are just a few shows that are happening during the ICC Champions Trophy.
The Addams Family – 6-10 June Hippodrome
They’re everyones favourite kooky family and they have moved into the neighbourhood!
The comedy musical features a live orchestra and extraordinary original music as they tell the story about Wednesday Addams who is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet, young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences?
It’s a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship and one that all the family will enjoy.
Tickets are from £17 and can be bought online here
An evening of Burlesque – 17 June New Alexandra Theatre
Check out our directory with all the shops, bars and restaurants in the city.