Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK located in the West Midlands with great road, rail and air travel infrastructure, making the city accessible to all BSGE members and international attendees. It has a diverse culinary and cultural scene, including four Michelin starred restaurants, its own symphony orchestra and royal ballet company, the famous Edgbaston cricket ground, as well as holding the title for the greenest city in Europe with over 8,000 acres of parks.
Worcester is a beautiful cathedral and university city lying 30 miles south west of Birmingham. Best known for its magnificent Cathedral overlooking the River Severn, it is also home to Worcester Porcelain and famous Worcestershire sauce.
The International Convention Centre is an award winning, established conference venue located in central Birmingham facing Centenary Square, close to multiple accommodation options and popular shopping areas such as the Bullring, the Mailbox and Grand Central at New Street station. It will play host to the Gala Dinner and is surrounded by a diverse collection of canal-side bars and restaurants in which to convene and relieve the highlights of the days events. The ICC incorporates The Mall, housing the Symphony Hall, Starbucks and the Craft Dining Room as well as linking Brindley place and the Convention Quarter to the rest of the city centre.
There are 6500 rooms within a 10 minute walk of the ICC, the closest being the Hyatt Regency directly opposite and linked by a bridge. Please see below for a small selection well rated on TripAdvisor.
For more information please visit https://hotelmap.com/events/MQYEC-LV to find suitable accommodation with reference to budget and distance from the ICC.
Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel, £129pn, 3 minutes walk, swimming pool facility
Novotel Birmingham Centre, £66pn, 6 minutes walk
Hilton Garden Inn Brindley Place, £92pn, 6 minutes walk
Malmaison Birmingham, £97pn, 9 minutes walk, RIGS dinner venue Sunday night
Easyhotel Birmingham, £38pn, 11 minutes walk
Birmingham has three central train stations all close to the ICC, with New Street station only 10 minutes walk away. Birmingham Airport has a connecting rail direct to Birmingham New Street and excellent road networks that connect the M6, M5, and M42. Birmingham to Worcester is about 45 minutes by road and there is a 40 minute train journey from Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill Station.
Head up to Victoria Square and follow signs to Centenary Square, the ICC and Utilita Arena Birmingham. Enter Centenary Square and walk straight towards the ICC, passing the impressive Library of Birmingham and Rep Theatre on your right.
For a visual representation of your walk, please visit: https://www.theicc.co.uk/birmingham/walking-routes/
Address: The ICC, 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Parking: closest spaces at Utilita Arena Birmingham (King Edward’s Road, B1 2AA). Mobile payments can be made upon arrival at the Arena car park via www.parkjockey.com/pay, quoting location code 5020.
Birmingham Clean Air Zone: The ICC and associated parking are within this are. Please check your car is compliant to avoid daily charges at https://www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones
Address: Birmingham Women’s Hospital, West Midlands, B15 2TG
Address: 2 Bridge St, Birmingham B1 2JZ
Address: Royal Stoke University Hospital, Newcastle Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG
Located on the site of Worcestershire Royal Hospital, it is an education and training venue with dedicated parking and just 5 minutes from junction 6 and 7 of the M5.
Address: Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester, WR5 1DD
By public transport: Shrubs Hill Station is a 40 minute train journey from Birmingham New Street and then 10-15 minute bus ride on route 38 (or 150B getting off at Leopard Rise), or a short taxi ride. Trains from London (Euston and Paddington) also stop here.
Birmingham is a mix of classic enlightenment and modern culture. You can catch a show at one of three theatres or the famous Electric Cinema, take a historical walk around the beautifully restored Victorian Centre or see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra or the Royal Ballet in action.
Popular is a visit to The Jewellery Quarter, exploring the heart of British jewellery, with an estimated of 40% made here, and plenty of great restaurants and bars. Art lovers can head to Ikon Gallery, St Pauls Gallery and of course the exquisite displays at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Whether interested in high end or high street bargains, the Mailbox and the Bullring are a stone’s throw from the venue, as well as independent shops at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.
With cuisine ranging from the celebrated Balti triangle a few miles away, to Michelin Starred restaurants centrally, you will never go hungry. There are plenty of independent and well-known dining options walking distance from Centenary Square and canalside to suit all tastes.
For further information on food and drink, please visit: https://visitbirmingham.com/food-and-drink
Bars and Cocktails:
The Canal House
Pineapple Cocktail Club and Beer Boutique
The Electric cinema
The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre
Lane 7 – Bowling, Shuffleboard, Beer pong, Karaoke, Retro gaming
NQ64 – drinks and retro gaming
Nearby the ICC:
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham Town Hall
CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
National SeaLife Centre
Midlands Arts Centre
The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy wishes to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following companies for the continuing support of the society and confirming their packages for BSGE ASM 2022, Birmingham-Worcester.