More trees than Paris and more miles of canal than Venice, it’s difficult to believe this could be Birmingham. But with a history dating back more than 10,000 years there’s plenty to see and explore, plenty of parks to spend time in and plenty of things to see and do! With the industrial revolution occurring just a few short miles down the road, Birmingham has classic Georgian and Victorian architecture mixing in perfectly with the modern contemporary buildings creating a vibrant, brilliant city.
Arts and Culture
As an area, Birmingham has been home to some of the largest popular bands in the world. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, UB40 and Duran Duran claim Birmingham as their spiritual home, and yet Birmingham can proudly boast The Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra together with the Birmingham Museum and Arts Gallery to give a balanced view of art and culture.
With such stadiums as the NIA (National Indoor Arena), the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) and the LG Arena, Birmingham can host the largest bands the world has to offer whilst at the same time smaller venues such as the Sunflower Lounge or The Glee Club offers less well known acts and bands a venue for their voice to be heard.
Birmingham’s Bullring is one of the world’s most iconic shopping centre’s thanks to the award winning Selfridges building. With over 160 stores contained within, fashionable shoppers are looked after in style with something for everyone.
Birmingham can boast a younger population than almost any other Europe wide city. It has more students than any other city outside of London, and with vibrant bars, numerous nightspots and comedy clubs mixed together with theatres, and world classics such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet does the choice of what to get up to ever end?
Whether you are looking for a Michelin star rated restaurant or a quick bite to eat, the cosmopolitan nature of eating out in Birmingham is highlighted from the available choice and quality. With such areas as the Balti Triangle you can find a feast to suit every pocket.
With two football teams in the Birmingham area, supporters can enjoy a day out at Aston Villa in the Premier League or at Birmingham City in the Championship. Within the local Midlands area, there are other teams who enjoy Premier League status such as West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Warwickshire Cricket is played at the famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground, where England play their test matches in the Midlands, and let’s not forget the Golfing fraternity with the world famous Belfry Golf Course, spiritual home of the Ryder Cup.
Family Fun & Must See Attractions
Bourneville and Cadburys World are a must if you have the kids with you, as is the Thinktank – a science museum with interactive displays of topics such as steam engines through to animal intestines! It also features a Digital Planetarium, which consists of a trip through the constellations. Certainly interesting enough to entertain enquiring young minds.
Aston Hall offers a beautiful parkland escape together with a Jacobean mansion and a visit to Drayton Manor Theme Park could even be considered if time permits. Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers fifteen acres of gardens with a collection of exotic and everyday plants. There’s also an adventure playground, aviaries with chattering birds and a children’s discovery garden to enjoy too.
Whenever you get to Birmingham you can be sure of a warm welcome, a busy schedule and memories in the making you will never forget.
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