With several venues within the National Exhibition Centre, there is something for everyone at NEC Birmingham. The multi-purpose complex hosts everything from live music to trade shows. 2017 is set to be another busy year with events such as the Autosport International car show, science and comic book fairs, fashion events and the world-famous Crufts dog show already booked. There are also a number of annual events held at the NEC. The Gadget Show, BBC Gardeners World Live and the Pokemon UK National Video Game Championships are among the varied highlights. The company also own the ICC and Barclaycard Arena, both in Birmingham city centre.
Birmingham Airport is only a brief train ride away from the venue. It offers a free air-link to Birmingham International Railway Station, which arrives directly at the NEC within minutes. If travelling from elsewhere within the city, then train is also the best way to reach the venue. Carparking is also available with 16,500 spaces costing £12 a day. Entry prices into the NEC vary dependant on the event, as do opening times. Trade shows and exhibitions will be open during the day, while stage shows and concerts are likely to be held in the evening with a curfew around 11pm.
With such variety on offer, it is best to review each event on its own merit. Popular events such as Crufts or the Gadget Show are worth booking in advance, while others you may be able to arrive on the day. If you are driving book your parking space online, although some events this is included within your ticket. If you’re attending a show where you need to book a seat, take a look at the layout as prices may depend on your view. For trade shows and exhibitions arrive early and stay the whole day, or check the running order for any live demonstrations.
If you are planning to visit the NEC Birmingham, choose from a selection of houses and apartments, B&B’s and other private rentals on the edge of the city, close to the venue. If you are staying in the centre of Birmingham, you can reach the NEC by train or car parking is available. Check our accommodation in Birmingham.
There are a number of other venues in Birmingham such as the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome and Barclaycard Arena. Those of you who love shopping, spend your money at the Bullring shopping centre. Cadbury World is a must for chocoholics. There’s also the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park close by.
Find out more about the NEC Birmingham, including: what’s on, visitor information including directions, parking and other facilities, FAQ’s and contact details, details for organisers such as holding meetings and events at the NEC Birmingham, press, news and much more check the official website.
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