Whether you're heading to NEC hotels for business or pleasure, here's what you can expect at the exhibition centre itself.
There are many one-off shows at the National Exhibition Centre, as well as regular annual features. Gadget Show Live, Autosport International, and Comic Con are just a few of the appearances you can expect every year. Many people come for professional networking or just to have fun and share their passions with hundreds or even thousands of other people.
The NEC consists of 20 rooms, with the Genting Arena alone having a capacity of 16,000 seats for big-name exhibitions. The amenities include cash points, cloakrooms, toilets, disabled access, and food available throughout the day.
It's very easy to arrive at the centre no matter how you're travelling. There's a large carpark with pre-payment available, coach and train services from around the country arrive here, or you can even walk from the airport in only five minutes. This makes it an ideal spot for booking a nearby hotel and attending an event, wherever in the world you're coming from.
With easy access to the city centre, there's plenty to do when your event is over and you have time to explore.
Check out over 160 retail outlets, restaurants, and bars in one of the UK's biggest shopping centres. This is the heart of Birmingham's commercial life. Be sure to get a photo with the Bull, which has been named one of the planet's most recognisable public works of art and is a symbol of the city.
Kids and kids at heart will have a fantastic time getting hands-on, making their own chocolate and, of course, tasting the goods. It's easy to understand why this is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city. You can pick up sweet gifts for your loved ones at the shop, and undoubtedly a few items to enjoy yourself.
A fascinating look at the region's industrial past, in a unique museum that's well worth checking out when you're in Birmingham. This open-air complex is home to numerous buildings where traditional crafts like metal smithing are practised, or which demonstrate how local homes, schools, and places of work have evolved through the centuries.