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BirminghamRenowned for its rich industrial heritage, Birmingham has evolved into a modern metropolis bustling with cultural diversity, historic landmarks, world-class attractions, and a vibrant arts scene. From fascinating museums and iconic shopping centres to stunning parks and a thriving food scene, Britain’s second-largest city boasts a myriad of experiences that cater to every traveller’s interests.
The CityLike many other cities, Birmingham has a link with the Roman Empire. The city was mentioned as far back as 1086 in the Doomsday Book and developed into an important trade centre from the 12th century onward. During the 17th century, a large weapons industry developed. Among others, Birmingham provided Oliver Cromwell’s army with weapons and later on they supplied Napoleon. During the golden age of the Industrial Revolution, the city grew rapidly thanks to its supplies of iron, coal, and labour. Subsequently, Birmingham became an important hub in England’s canal and train networks, and these days the city has a network of over 60 km of canals and other waterways, which is more than Venice. Today the canals are mostly used for pleasure boating, making it a perfect way to discover Birmingham. During the Second World War, large areas of the city were destroyed, and the city centre was rebuilt. In recent years, however, an architectural renaissance has occurred and old squares, streets and waterways have been restored and renovated. Many typical British brands, and frequently world-famous brands have been created here, including Bakelite, Cadbury’s, Brylcreem, HP Sauce, and Typhoo Tea. The city’s inhabitants include J. R. R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne. Today, Birmingham is a fast-growing tourist destination with a compact, pedestrian-friendly city centre and where many exciting attractions are waiting to get explored. A city full of surprises where the English old-world charm meets the new and young vibrant atmosphere.
Do & See
With world-class galleries, inspiring museums, beautiful gardens, and outstanding heritage attractions, you'll find yourself quite busy in Birmingham. And if chocolate is your thing, you have definitely come to the right city because it's here you'll find the famous tourist attraction Cadbury World.
With Michelin-starred restaurants, stylish eateries, some of the best Indian restaurants in the UK, yummy street dining, family-run favourites, and new hot spots offering fusion cuisine, Birmingham has for sure something for every taste. If you aim for Broad Street, there is a lot to choose from, and excursions to other districts such as the Jewellery Quarter may also be worthwhile.
In Birmingham, finding a cosy café to unwind in is not hard, since the city is experiencing a coffee shop boom. From renowned international chains to charming family-owned establishments that craft your beloved brew to perfection, the options are endless.
Bars & Nightlife
With the huge student population in the city, Birmingham’s nightlife is as famous as it is varied. The city boasts an assortment of pubs, bars, and nightclubs, with the vibrant hub centred on the renowned and bustling Broad Street. Another area that deserves a visit is Digbeth, Birmingham's best-kept secret that is quickly becoming a hot clubbing area and where regular music events take place.
Birmingham is renowned as a shopper’s paradise, offering a wide range of options from sprawling malls to charming markets and independent shops. And with a compact and pedestrian-friendly city centre, it is never been easier to stroll around from store to store When it comes to shopping malls, you'll be spoiled for choice with iconic destinations such as the Bullring, House of Fraser, Selfridges, and Grand Central. These establishments boast an extensive selection of your favourite designers and the latest brands. A short distance from the Bullring lies the beloved Saint Martin's Market, affectionately known as The Rag, a thriving flea market that has steadily gained popularity over its 50-year existence. For unique and exquisite jewellery, the Jewellery Quarter is a must-visit, where numerous skilled craftsmen and designers display their creations, making it an ideal place to find gifts and souvenirs. The bustling thoroughfares of New Street and High Street are teeming with shops that showcase well-known brands, alongside independent boutiques waiting to be explored. So, be sure to take a leisurely stroll through these vibrant areas when in the mood for shopping.