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Getting Here

Midlands Arts Centre - MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Sales & Information Desk: 0121 446 3232

Summer 2019

The car park next to MAC is a shared facility and as such with the sun and summer holidays is prone to get very busy. Please allow additional time for your journey or make alternative transport arrangements on these days.

We are not always notified of other events in the park or neighbourhood which may increase congestion but below are the dates of events coming up which may impact. We try to inform our customers of these days, but cannot be responsible for late arrival to our ticketed activities. Throughout the year there are a number of events in Cannon Hill Park, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, and locally that may impact on the Queen's Ride car park. Please check before you travel.

Upcoming events

The Ashes: 1-5 August
Road closures and limited access in place - see below for further information*

T20 Matches: Friday 9 August, Sunday 11 August, Friday 23 August, Sunday 25 August, Friday 30 August. 
Road closures not in place, but car park and surrounding areas expected to be very busy.

Birmingham Half Marathon: 13 October
MAC Car Park will be closed. Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road will be closed. No public transport will be available to MAC during this event. 

*Road closures and limited access in place from 1-5 August

As in previous years, a large part of the car park has been leased by Birmingham City Council to the cricket ground so they can exclusively charge their visitors for its use. The area of the car park between Edgbaston Road and up to MAC's service yard gates will be reserved for our visitors during this time and standard parking charges apply (see below for further details). However this year Edgbaston Road will close for two hours at the start and end of major matches to improve security and traffic management in the area.

Walking and bus routes will remain unchanged (with the exception of the No. 1 bus which will need to alter its route), and the cricket ground will be operating a taxi drop off point directly outside their ground on Pershore Road.

Edgbaston Road closure (timings subject to change based on weather and match play)

  • Thursday 1 August: 9am - 11am and for 2 hours after the end of the match. Estimated to be between 6pm - 8pm
  • Friday 2 August: 9am - 11am and for 2 hours after the end of the match. Estimated to be between 6pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 3 August: 9am - 11am and for 2 hours after the end of the match. Estimated to be between 6pm - 8pm
  • Sunday 4 August: 9am - 11am and for 2 hours after the end of the match. Estimated to be between 6pm - 8pm
  • Monday 5 August: 9am - 11am and for 2 hours after the end of the match. Estimated to be between 6pm - 8pm

TAXI: During the road closure, the Taxi drop off entrance will be via the Orange Car Park via the Pershore Road entrance.

Travelling by car to MAC on match days

  • You will not be able to access the car park from Edgbaston Road during the road closure times, above. Access to the car park will be via Pershore Road entrance next to Birmingham Wildlife and Conservation Centre.
  • Road signs will be in place to direct you to alternative routes set around the circumference of the park to Pershore Road.
  • Additional parking may be available at the Holders Lane car park, B13 8NW which is approximately a 10 minute walk to MAC through the park. 

For further information about roadworks and closures impacting travel around the city, visit Birmingham City Council's website

MAC is open 9am–9pm throughout the week, and is located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham – opposite Edgbaston County Cricket Ground on Edgbaston Road (off A441 Pershore Road and A38 Bristol Road).

When visiting MAC, we encourage you to use public transport, cycling and walking wherever possible. See below for further details.

By bicycle

MAC is in the middle of National Cycle Route 5 and is readily accessible by bike from Birmingham City Centre and further afield. We have two bike racks located at both entrances to the building. We also have another bike rack at the rear of the terrace facing Cannon Hill Park.

By bus

1: From Five Ways, Edgbaston, Moseley and Acocks Green. The no 1 stops right outside MAC on Edgbaston Road.

35: From City Centre, Balsall Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath. The no 35 stops just around the corner from MAC on Willows Road.

45/47: From City Centre (Carrs Lane), Selly Park, Stirchley, Cotteridge and Kings Norton. The buses stop on Pershore Road, five minutes walk from MAC.

x61/63: From City Centre (Carrs Lane and Smallbrook Queensway), Rubery, Rednal, Gannow, Northfield and Selly Oak. All three buses stop ten minutes walk from MAC on the Bristol Road, near the Priory Road/Bristol Road traffic lights.

Check NX West Midlands for more information.

By taxi

A taxi from Birmingham New Street Station (located in Grand Central) can take between 10-20 minutes depending on traffic. Cost is approximately £7.20. To calculate the cost from other Birmingham stations use Your Taxi Meter.

By car

M5: From junction 4 of the M5 motorway, take the A38 towards the centre of Birmingham. Approximately one mile past Birmingham University (on Bristol Road) turn right into Priory Road. Cross the next set of traffic lights, which takes you into Edgbaston Road, and you will see signs for MAC approximately 150 metres ahead.

M6: Take junction 6 off the M6 motorway and the A38M (Aston Expressway) all the way through Birmingham City Centre. This will take you through the Queensway Tunnel and along Bristol Street, with Bristol Street Motors on the left hand side. Carry on straight through the traffic lights until the next set and turn left into Priory Road. Go through the next set of traffic lights into Edgbaston Road and you will see the signs for MACapproximately 150 metres ahead.

M40/M42: At the junction of the M42 take the right hand lanes marked M5 (South and West), Birmingham (S&W). Leave the M42 at junction 3 and take the A435, Birmingham South. Stay on the A435 through two shopping centres on Alcester Road South. After passing through the second shopping centre (Kings Heath) take the first exit at the traffic lights, following B4217, Edgbaston, Ladywood. Follow the road and go straight over at the small traffic island and carry on until you approach another traffic island, take the first exit. You will see the entrance for MAC approximately 150 metres on the left.

City Centre: From Birmingham City Centre, take the A441 to Redditch. Approximately 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham, turn left into Edgbaston Road. You will see the entrance for MAC on the right approximately 150 metres ahead after the traffic lights.

Car parking

Birmingham City Council manages the Queens Ride car park next to MAC, Pershore Road car park next to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (BWCP), and the smaller Russell Road car park.

Charges (Pay & Display or pay by phone): 7am - 11.30pm daily 

Up to 4 hours: £2.20
Up to 16.5 hours: £3.30
Buses and Coaches only up to 16.5 hours: £16.50 (payable at machine only)

Please note: Charges do not apply to Blue Badge holders.

Car park closing times: Edgbaston Rd (next to MAC) and Russell Road entrance closes at 11.30pm daily. Pershore Road entrance next to BWCP closes at 6pm daily.

Please direct any enquiries regarding car parking to: