8-Day England Road Trip from Birmingham to Exeter and London

Photo of sunset view of brick buildings alongside a water channel in the central Birmingham, England.
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Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
7 nights included
Car rental
8 days included
Flights
Optional
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Description

Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 8-day road trip through England.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in England. With this perfectly planned travel package, you will stay 3 nights in Birmingham, 1 night in Exeter, and 3 nights in London, experiencing the ultimate road trip in England. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Birmingham, Exeter, and London.

We'll help you experience the best 8 days in England you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Birmingham, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to discover some of the most popular attractions in England, including the stunning British Museum and Tower Bridge.

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. For example, in the city of Travelodge Birmingham Central Broad Street, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 4-star Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 4-star The Grand Hotel Birmingham. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star Travelodge Birmingham Central Broad Street. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights in England. From the magnificent London Eye to the breathtaking Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, your journey will take you on a thrilling adventure through some of the most iconic travel destinations in the country. Your discovery doesn't end there. Make sure to marvel at the remarkable Trafalgar Square and learn more about the unique Tower of London to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. As you hit the open road and drive through Birmingham, Exeter, and London, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of England. Whether you're exploring enchanting small towns, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there's always something new and exciting to experience in England.

Add tours and tickets to each day of your trip to make the most of your time in England. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from the best tours and activities that your travel destinations have to offer, meaning you’ll never have a boring moment on your road trip through England.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you multiple opportunities to look for souvenirs to memorialize your road trip in England.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything England has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of England. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 7 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 7 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. Make your vacation in England extra special by adding tours and tickets to each day of your itinerary.

The best services in England fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your self-drive road trip in England today!

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Included

Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Photo of old Turn Junction, or Deep Cutting Junction where the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal meets the Birmingham Canal Navigation's Main Line Canal, Birmingham, England.Birmingham / 3 nights
London, England - Panoramic skyline view of Bank and Canary Wharf, central London's leading financial districts with famous skyscrapers at golden hour sunset with blue sky and clouds.London / 3 nights
Exeter - city in United KingdomExeter / 1 night
Photo of Westminster palace (Houses of Parliament) and Big Ben, London, UK.Westminster

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Attractions

Photo of beautiful shot of London Eye and River Thames ,London, UK.London Eye
Photo of Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom.Buckingham Palace
The British MuseumBritish Museum
Tower BridgeTower Bridge
Photo of beautiful landscape around Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom.Hyde Park
Trafalgar SquareTrafalgar Square
Tower of London, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London, Greater London, England, United KingdomTower of London
The Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour London, Leavesden, UK: The main entrance signWarner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Photo of Borough Market, London, UK.Borough Market
Madame Tussauds LondonMadame Tussauds London
Photo of Science Museum, London, United Kingdom.Science Museum
Photo of Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.Victoria and Albert Museum
St James's ParkSt James's Park
Big Ben
Photo of Iconic London Tower Bridge on the Thames River, UK.London Bridge
The National Gallery, Westminster, London, Greater London, England, United KingdomNational Gallery
Photo of Peaceful scenery with fountain in regent's park of London, UK.Regent's Park
Photo of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, UK.Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Panorama Cityscape View from Greenwich, London, England, UK.Greenwich Park
Photo of Royal Albert Hall in London, England.Royal Albert Hall
Stunning sunset over Dartmoor from Combestone Tor near Hexworthy.Dartmoor National Park
Photo of the main village street at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom.Black Country Living Museum
Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands, England, United KingdomSutton Park
Photo of sunny day at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, UK.Cannon Hill Park
Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple, Tividale
Walsall Arboretum
Photo of the famous Exeter Cathedral. The main attraction of the city, Exeter, England.Exeter Cathedral
National Trust - Knightshayes Court
Handsworth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands, England, United KingdomHandsworth Park

Travel details

Travel dates
Jan 1 - Jan 8

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Day 1 – Birmingham - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Birmingham - arrival day

  • Birmingham - Arrival day
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  • Handsworth Park
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Birmingham has many popular destinations you can explore.

One of the best luxury places you could choose in Birmingham is The Grand Hotel Birmingham. This 4-star hotel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,476 guests.

We also recommend the best 4-star accommodations, like Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre. This apartment has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,539 guests.

Alternatively, one of the best cheap hotel options in Birmingham is Travelodge Birmingham Central Broad Street. This 3-star hotel is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 625 guests.

If these hotels are unavailable during your vacation in Birmingham, our system will automatically help you find the best alternative for your stay.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Birmingham, Adam's Restaurant. The restaurant is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 798 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Birmingham is Purnells. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 622 customers.

Birmingham also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Birmingham is The Canal House Bar & Restaurant. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,244 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Birmingham is Bacchus Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,586 customers.

Locals also enjoy The Botanist Bar & Restaurant Birmingham. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,002 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 8-day vacation in England!

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Day 2 – Birmingham

Day 2

Day 2 – Birmingham

  • Birmingham
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Drive 68 km, 2 hours 6 min

  • Sutton Park
  • Walsall Arboretum
  • Black Country Living Museum
  • Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple, Tividale
  • Cannon Hill Park
  • More

You still have 2 nights left in Birmingham.

One of the best travel destinations you can make time for at the start of this day is Sutton Park. This incredible attraction is a park and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 9,752 visitors.

Walsall Arboretum is another popular attraction you'll visit. This spectacular attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,531 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit is Black Country Living Museum. This amazing attraction is a living museum and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,720 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit the outstanding Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple, Tividale. This hindu temple and place of interest is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 5,079 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to the fantastic Cannon Hill Park. This park is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 8,799 visitors.

To do something one-of-a-kind today, you can join a popular tour. Check out all the fun and eye-opening experiences you can try out in England to make your travel experience in the country more memorable.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to your accommodation in the city of Birmingham.

We recommend eating at one of the best restaurants in the city of Birmingham, like The Canal House Bar & Restaurant. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,244 customers.

The Botanist Bar & Restaurant Birmingham is another of the best restaurant options in the city of Birmingham. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,002 customers.

Locals enjoy The Ivy Temple Row, one of the most popular restaurants in the city of Birmingham. The restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,888 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city of Birmingham, Bodega Cantina | Birmingham. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,018 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar that locals recommend, like Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,772 customers.

Raise your glass and relax after another big day of your road trip adventure through England!

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Day 3 – Exeter

Day 3

Day 3 – Exeter

  • Exeter
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Drive 350 km, 5 hours 26 min

  • National Trust - Knightshayes Court
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Dartmoor National Park
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Day 3 of your road trip through England gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You will stay in Exeter for 1 night. Have a hearty breakfast and get excited for a wonderful day ahead!

One of the best places to visit today in Birmingham is the amazing National Trust - Knightshayes Court. This attraction is a best-rated sightseeing destination that is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,354 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible anglican or episcopal cathedral, Exeter Cathedral. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,677 visitors, this attraction is one of the top sights in the area.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the Birmingham is the outstanding Dartmoor National Park. This popular national park and travel destination has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 14,736 visitors.

There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in England. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before it's too late.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Exeter, where you will access the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Exeter is the 4-star Jurys Inn Exeter. This hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 2,426 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Exeter - City Centre. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 3,373 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Board – Game Bar & Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in the city of Exeter. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 524 customers.

Locals also recommend Cosy Club as one of the best restaurants in the city of Exeter. Cosy Club is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,234 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Exeter is iFood Thai Taste. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 511 customers.

After dinner, visit Rendezvous Wine Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Exeter. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 278 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through England!

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Day 4 – London

Day 4

Day 4 – London

  • London
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Drive 322 km, 4 hours 6 min

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Hyde Park
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Big Ben
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Today, you'll hit the road once again, setting off on a journey towards the stunning city of London. You’ll stay in London for 3 nights. But before you begin your drive, we recommend taking the time to explore some of Birmingham’s must-see attractions and local hotspots.

If you’re curious to see more of Birmingham, start your day with a visit to the amazing Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This much-appreciated non-departmental public body and attraction is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 39,723 visitors.

You could also stop at another of the best local travel destinations in the area, the fascinating Royal Albert Hall. This concert hall and spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 31,525 visitors.

We also recommend you spend some time at the popular Hyde Park to make the most of your road trip across England. The spectacular Hyde Park is a park that has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 114,540 visitors.

The lovely Buckingham Palace is yet another attraction you could pay a visit. Around 148,150 visitors have left this royal palace average ratings of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you feel like visiting another type of sight or don’t want to jump into the car quite yet, spend some time at the spectacular Big Ben. This attraction is a cultural icon rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 49,306 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights and sounds that Birmingham has to offer, you'll be ready to hit the open road and continue your unforgettable road trip towards the city of London. London offers plenty of options for top-rated hotels and other places to stay that fit all travel budgets.

We recommend you stay at the exclusive The Stratford, one of the best 4-star hotel options in Birmingham. At this hotel, you’ll have access to many exceptional amenities that will ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. This hotel is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,662 guests.

Alternatively, check out one of the best 4-star hotel options in London, like Savoro Restaurant with Rooms. This hotel is a popular choice among travelers in the city and is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 435 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend you stay at hub by Premier Inn London Spitalfields. This 3-star hotel offers value-for-money accommodation and is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 288 guest reviews.

After your meal, we recommend you drink at one of the best bars in London, the fantastic Scarfes Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 883 customers.

To end your night the best way possible, we recommend going to the wonderful The Connaught Bar. This bar offers a great variety of drinks and has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 654 customers.

Celebrate another amazing vacation day filled with adventure in England!

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Day 5 – London

Day 5

Day 5 – London

  • London
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Drive 14 km, 1 hour 2 min

  • London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • National Gallery
  • British Museum
  • Regent's Park
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You still have 2 nights left in London.

One of the best travel destinations you can make time for at the start of this day is London Eye. This incredible attraction is a ferris wheel and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 148,722 visitors.

Trafalgar Square is another popular attraction you'll visit. This spectacular attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 108,072 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit is British Museum. Attracting 5,906,716 annual visitors, it's clear that British Museum is one of the top sights of the area. This amazing attraction is a national museum and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 131,855 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit the outstanding Regent's Park. This park and place of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 39,840 visitors.

To do something one-of-a-kind today, you can join a popular tour. Check out all the fun and eye-opening experiences you can try out in England to make your travel experience in the country more memorable.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to your accommodation in the city of London.

We recommend eating at one of the best restaurants in the city of London, like Burger & Lobster Leicester Square. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,454 customers.

Hawksmoor Air Street is another of the best restaurant options in the city of London. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,216 customers.

Locals enjoy Bill's Soho Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in the city of London. The restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,178 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city of London, Hawksmoor Seven Dials. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,084 customers.

Raise your glass and relax after another big day of your road trip adventure through England!

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Day 6 – London

Day 6

Day 6 – London

  • London
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Drive 30 km, 1 hour 41 min

  • Borough Market
  • London Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • Greenwich Park
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You still have 1 night left in London.

One of the best travel destinations you can make time for at the start of this day is Borough Market. This incredible attraction is a building and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 73,097 visitors.

London Bridge is another popular attraction you'll visit. This spectacular attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 42,254 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit is Tower of London. Attracting 2,741,126 annual visitors, it's clear that Tower of London is one of the top sights of the area. This amazing attraction is a castle and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 86,613 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit the outstanding Tower Bridge. This bascule bridge and place of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 129,394 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to the fantastic Greenwich Park. This park is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 38,457 visitors.

To do something one-of-a-kind today, you can join a popular tour. Check out all the fun and eye-opening experiences you can try out in England to make your travel experience in the country more memorable.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to your accommodation in the city of London.

We recommend eating at one of the best restaurants in the city of London, like Hawksmoor Seven Dials. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,084 customers.

The Red Lion, Parliament Street is another of the best restaurant options in the city of London. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,534 customers.

Locals enjoy Cahoots London, one of the most popular restaurants in the city of London. The restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,678 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city of London, The Ivy. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,597 customers.

Raise your glass and relax after another big day of your road trip adventure through England!

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Day 7 – London and Birmingham

Day 7

Day 7 – London and Birmingham

  • London
  • Westminster
  • Birmingham
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Drive 224 km, 3 hours 35 min

  • St James's Park
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Get ready to experience some of the most famous attractions in the area!

One of the best places to visit is the amazing Science Museum. This attraction is a science museum and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 57,170 visitors. As one of the top sights in the area, around 2,989,000 people visit Science Museum every year.

You could also go sightseeing at the incredible Madame Tussauds London. This wax museum and travel destination has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 62,036 visitors.

Joining a top-rated tour in Birmingham is another excellent way to spend your new day in England. The best tours in this travel destination will take you on an exploration to some of England’s most well-known attractions and best-kept secrets.

With this tour, you’ll set out on a journey to England’s most interesting sights. As you go along this remarkable tour, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of England’s scenic spots.

You could then travel to the amazing Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is an exhibition room and has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 79,070 visitors.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Birmingham.

One of the best apartment options in the city of Birmingham is the 4-star apartment Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre. This apartment has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,539 guests.

You can also stay at one of the best 4-star hotel. The hotel The Grand Hotel Birmingham is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Birmingham. This hotel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,476 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Travelodge Birmingham Central Broad Street. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 625 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Grand Central Kitchen, one of the best restaurants in the city of Birmingham. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 1,311 customers.

Locals also recommend Bodega Cantina | Birmingham as one of the best restaurants in the city of Birmingham. Bodega Cantina | Birmingham is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,018 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Birmingham is Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,772 customers.

After dinner, visit Gas Street Social, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Birmingham. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 937 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Tapas Revolution. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 895 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through England!

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Day 8 – Birmingham - departure day

Day 8

Day 8 – Birmingham - departure day

  • Birmingham - Departure day
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Day 8 of your road trip in England is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Birmingham before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Take a stroll along the main shopping streets of Birmingham and find some souvenirs to remind you of your road trip in England.

You could then enjoy your last meal in the city of Birmingham at La Galleria before you travel home. This popular restaurant is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 882 customers.

Alternatively, we also recommend Gas Street Social for your last chance at a meal in the city of Birmingham. The Gas Street Social restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 937 customers.

You’ll then say farewell to Birmingham. We wish you a pleasant journey home, with many wonderful memories of your unforgettable vacation in England!

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