Where to stay

A bigger Convention - A larger Network of Hotels

The UK Games Expo is now one of the 4 largest Hobby Convention in the world. Like the other big ones it is now the case that so many people attend that many hotels, both local and a bit further away, need to be part of the accommodation solution for our visitors and exhibitors.

Please note that many of these hotels are often close to full. If you get told by them that they are full... there is no point emailing and asking us if they are full as UKGE do not have any additional rooms or information.

In this case, frustrating though it might be, please book elsewhere.

The Hilton Hotel 

The NEC Metropole offers us hundreds of hotel rooms and the largest open gaming space and evening gaming facilities plus on site food options.

The deal with the Hilton is a rate that is 15% below the current market rate. The rate includes breakfast and car parking. There is a link for booking rooms at the Hilton:

Note that you only get free parking if you have booked in with this link. No other residents get free parking.

Genting Hotel at Resorts World Birmingham.

The closest Hotel to Hall 1 is the Genting Hotel. It is part of the Resort World complex of shops, cinema, casino and restaurants.

The promotional code is UKGEB. If you type this in online this will offer a 10% discount on the best available rate for you.

Ibis Styles Hotel.

Bickenhill Lane | Birmingham | B40 1PJ

Located behind Halls 2 and 3 with access to the Link corridor from the railway and airport into the NEC.

T: +44 (0) 121 780 5907

The tables and settee area in the bar is available for all guests to use for gaming.


The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel is on the opposite side of the lake to the Hilton and is about a 10 minute walk away. Shuttle busses connect the hotel during UK Games Expo.

Phone: + 44 (0) 871 942 91 60

Assuming you can't get a local room this need not ruin your Expo. There are options. With gaming going on till 11ish in the NEC as well as till late in the Hilton, Ibis and elsewhere you might consider staying a bit further away.

Up and down the Trainline

The last train from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street is listed currently on trainline as 1.29 AM. on the Friday night and 23.49 on the Saturday night.

The last train to Coventry is around midnight on the Friday and 23.30 on the Saturday.

Both trains take around 15 to 18 minutes. So why not look at cheaper hotels in both city centers.

Got a car?

Solihull is just 4 miles away Taxis and car options allow you to stay in Solihull where currently hotels are listed at much lower prices.

What about Warwick, Meriden, Kenilworth or Leamington? These are only 20 minuets away by car.

Why not take an extra day or two and visit Warwick or Kenilworth Castle?


Try airBnB for some cheap local properties

Or how about camping? Campsites near the NEC.

Somers Wood, just three miles from the NEC, is the closest and most convenient campsite by some distance.

A direct link to the site is:

Other Hotels near the NEC-Hilton Complex

Premier Inn NEC Airport 0871 527 8086

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC 0871 9021541

Hotel ibis budget Birmingham Airport NEC 0121 780 5900

Novotel Birmingham Airport 0121 6199003

Arden Hotel and Leisure Centre 01675 44 3221

Birmingham City Centre Close to New Street Station

Premier Inn 3* 0871-527-8074
Britannia Hotel 3* 0871-222-0093
Malmaison Hotel 4* 0121-794-3004
Crowne Plaza 4* 0121-224-5000
Copthorne Hotel 4* 0121-200-2727
Holiday Inn 3* 0121-634-6200
Comfort Inn 2* 0121-643-1134
Hotel Ibis 3* 0121-619-9000
Hotel Indigo 4* 0121-643-2010
Nite Nite City Hotels 3* 0845-890-9099

Bit Further Out

Hotel Novotel 4* 0121-619-9002
Hotel La Tour 4* 0121-718-8000
Hyatt Regency 4* 0121-643-1234
Hilton Garden Inn 4* 0121-643-1003
Staying Cool Serviced Appts 5* 0121-285-1290

Trains Birmingham New St to Birmingham International

Every 10 minuets Average travel time 13 minuets Current last train 23.49
Cost average £2.40 Train Operators:- London Midland, Arriva, Virgin Trains and Cross Country Rail.

Coventry City Centre

Hylands Hotel 2* 024-7650-1600
Hotel Ibis 2* 024-7625-0500
Ramada Hotel & Suites 4* 024-7623-8110
Premier Inn 0871-527-9318
The Squirrel Inn & Pub 024-7622-6661

Trains Coventry to Birmingham International

Every 10 minuets Average travel time 12 minuets Current last train 23.31
Cost average £1.90 Train Operators:- London Midland, Arriva, Virgin Trains and Cross Country Rail.


Solihull Town Centre and about 6-7 miles from NEC

The St Johns Hotel 4* 0121-711-3000
Premier Inn 3* 0871-527-9366
Plaza Hotel 4* 0871-942-9201
Ramada Birmingham, Solihull 4* 0121-711-2121

Meriden - 5 miles from NEC

Strawberry Bank Hotel



It has come to our attention that a number of other companies are contacting our exhibitors suggesting that they are able to provide hotel rooms at advantageous rates and giving the impression that they are affiliated to the event. One such company is  The Convention Housing Authority.

This company and other companies have no connection whatsoever to UK Games Expo NOR our partner hotels and have no authority to purport otherwise.

Please be wary of any other accommodation companies or our partners.

Be careful.