Birmingham Town Hall

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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  • 4Banner Hampton

    The first of the monumental town halls that would come to characterise the cities of Victorian England, Birmingham Town Hall was also the first significant work of the 19th-century revival of Roman architecture, a style chosen here in the context of the highly charged radicalism of 1830s Birmingham for its republican associations. The design was based on the proportions of the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum. "Perfect and aloof" on a tall, rusticated podium, it marked an entirely new concept in English architecture. It was created as a home for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival established in 1784, the purpose of which was to raise funds for the General Hospital, after St Philip's Church (later to become a Cathedral) became too small to hold the festival, and for public meetings. The hall underwent a major renovation between 2002 and 2008. It now hosts a diverse programme of events including jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and classical concerts, organ recitals, spoken word, dance, family, educational and community performances, as well as annual general meetings, product launches, conferences, dinners, fashion shows, graduation ceremonies and broadcasts.

  • 4A Carter

    A decent, historic venue for music & events. Well staffed with good acoustics.

  • 1Iain Grant

    Bar willing to serve drinks to customers five minutes before show but not let them take drinks in.

  • 5Suleman

    A great venue. Went here for a Sufi Music concert, very good sound acoustics although the sound guy could have increased the treble a little. It is not very big, when compared to for example the Barclaycard Arena- but that is a good point because it means even if you buy a tickets quite far back you can still see the stage.

  • 5Brian Drinkwater

    One of Brum's historic gems. I'm a Tour Guide for the nearby Back to Backs, so it was great to be experience a tour of this wonderful building. Two hours of fascinating facts. 35 million quid well spent on the recent refurbishment.

  • 5Kelly I To Become Mum

    This is a great venue and conveniently located. Lovely building. We've been to see comedy, spoken word and family events here and there's always something new on.

  • 4Katy McAleese

    Attended a concert here and loved it however as it's not raised I would not have liked be sitting further back especially as I'm 5ft 2".

  • 5Mark Crump

    Saw Shakin Stevens last night, great show and great staff especially Paul Stevens top bloke 😎 shaky is a living legend!

  • 4John Winterbottom

    Attended concert recital here Sunday afternoon & very enjoyable. The first time I have vusited since it reopened after CBSO moved to Symphony Hall. Certainly would go again if something I wanted to attend.

  • 5Harry Flynn

    Amazing venue to host or even visit an event. Definitely somewhere worth visiting again!

  • Benjamin Stanley

    Lovely building, balcony has a great stage view and is often cheaper.

  • 4Ian Davis

    Went to see the gruffalo and what the ladybird heard. Nice venue, well organised, staff helpful. Only downside is no parking but very convenient for city centre in terms of train station or shopping/eating out.

  • 5Danni

    A really beautiful building. If you have the chance to see a performance here, go! It's worthwhile. Bar's expensive, as per usual at this kind of place.

  • 5Danni

    A really beautiful building. If you have the chance to see a performance here, go! It's worthwhile. Bar's expensive, as per usual at this kind of place.

  • 5Nat Jones

    Beautiful architecture. Shame it's ruined by redevelopment works in the vicinity at the moment but not their fault, worth a visit for sure

  • 5Nat Jones

    Beautiful architecture. Shame it's ruined by redevelopment works in the vicinity at the moment but not their fault, worth a visit for sure

  • Anand Basu-Attwood

    Great performance area and staff

  • 5Jamie Pilsworth

    Beautiful piece of architecture in the middle of the city. Hosts many great gigs, concerts and shows. Definitely worth a visit.

  • 5Jamie Pilsworth

    Beautiful piece of architecture in the middle of the city. Hosts many great gigs, concerts and shows. Definitely worth a visit.

  • 5Steven H.

    Nice venue. The view from the circle is better than any of the stalls seats since the ground floor is not very steeply raked.

  • 2Mike Thomas

    overzealous stewarding for pop/rock concert- they were stopping photography by climbing in front of people (blocking their view) - get into the 21st century! stopping people re-entering the seating during songs - OK it is more polite for people to avoid this but we were listening to popular music not at the opera. During a summer's evening there is still natural light coming through the blinds and the venue stays too light (for my concert going taste) Overall these factors contributed to a sedate atmosphere. Viewing lines from the Circle (row F) were brilliant. Similar ball park size as great music venues like Newcastle City Hall or Shepherds Bush Empire - but way behind in terms of atmosphere. The concert we attended (Suzanne Vega) was "5 star" for her performance and song writing - shame about the gentrified atmosphere.

  • 2Mike Thomas

    overzealous stewarding for pop/rock concert- they were stopping photography by climbing in front of people (blocking their view) - get into the 21st century! stopping people re-entering the seating during songs - OK it is more polite for people to avoid this but we were listening to popular music not at the opera. During a summer's evening there is still natural light coming through the blinds and the venue stays too light (for my concert going taste) Overall these factors contributed to a sedate atmosphere. Viewing lines from the Circle (row F) were brilliant. Similar ball park size as great music venues like Newcastle City Hall or Shepherds Bush Empire - but way behind in terms of atmosphere. The concert we attended (Suzanne Vega) was "5 star" for her performance and song writing - shame about the gentrified atmosphere.

  • Cheryl Brighty

    Lovely architecture, brilliant concert, easy to park.

  • Mary Collin

    My favourite building in the world. I've had many great nights here, seen some amazing people on that stage & look forward to lots more!! Great sound, beautiful building, comfy seats & fab team

  • Richard Mainwaring

    A most fantastic venue, and last night was the scene for a great performance by children's stand up comedian, James Campbell

  • John Seedhouse

    Double espresso is over-priced at £2-20 and the blend is not great.

  • Cat Parrott

    If you're coming to the Blogger Social Gruffalo's Child performance, have a great day!

  • Julia

    Brill place

  • M Cybrum

    Has a great organ on which resident organist Thomas Trotter gives regular recitals on Monday lunchtimes

  • M Cybrum

    Venue for the Birmingham Social Media Cafe

  • Jon Bounds

    #bp Charles Dickens, The Beatles, ELP and… Mary Whitehouse have all appeared in this civic masterpiece.

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