Address and travel
The Hilton Birmingham Metropole is situated next to the NEC, Genting Arena, Birmingham International Train Station and Birmingham Airport.
THE CARAVAN, CAMPING & MOTORHOME SHOW IS TAKING PLACE AT THE NEC THE SAME WEEKEND AS OPTOMETRY TOMORROW, WITH UP TO 50,000 ATTENDEES. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE HILTON THAT ROADS ARE LIKELY TO BE EXTREMELY BUSY AT 9am AND 4pm ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. YOU WILL NEED TO LEAVE EXTRA TIME TO MAKE IT FOR THE FIRST SESSION ON SUNDAY, SO PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT WHEN PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY.
From Birmingham New Street Station, take the train to Birmingham International Station. The journey normally takes around 10-15 minutes depending on the time of day. At Birmingham International Station, use the courtesy telephone to ask for the hotel bus to pick you up. The journey from Birmingham International Station to Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel takes 5 minutes by courtesy bus. The 24-hour service runs every 30 minutes. Guests can use the free telephone in the airport to call the hotel and ask for the bus to collect them. Alternatively the Hilton is a 10 minute walk from Birmingham International Station, this may be a better option as the bus can be full.
From Birmingham International Airport, bear right onto Concorde Road, turn right onto Vanguard Road and then bear left onto Airport Way. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit then merge onto Coventry Road A45 (sign posted M42, M6, M1, M40, M5, Coventry). Branch left (sign posted M42, M6, M1, M40, M5, NEC), then at the roundabout take the first exit onto Pendigo Way (sign posted NEC). At the roundabout take the first exit into the car park of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
We encourage you to use public transport to and from Birmingham. The Hilton is located a 10 minute walk away from Birmingham International station. Please note that there will be a number of events are taking place at the NEC over the conference weekend so parking will be limited and traffic will be heavy.
Car parking spaces are available on a first come first served basis at the Hilton. Conference delegates can take advantage of the Hilton’s reduced rate parking ticket of £6 for 24 hours. You will be given details of how you can pay for your parking at the conference.
The NEC overflow car park rates are out of the hotel’s control. For more details about using the NEC car park please click here.