If you are thinking of heading to Birmingham you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find when you get there. The city has radically changed in the last few years from a drab industrial town in the heart of England to a vibrant area of food, nightlife and entertainment. Birmingham still shows the scars of World War II bombing and appalling post war town planning but it has worked hard to move away from the grim image it was so long renowned for and has turned itself into an exciting and modern city.
Birmingham is bustling with activities and is a now hotbed of cultural and sporting events. Head to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for one of the many concerts, exhibitions or conferences or watch the football at Villa Park, home of Aston Villa, or the cricket at Edgbaston, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
If shopping is more your thing you will not be disappointed. Birmingham has an abundance of shops in a variety of well-designed locations. The new space age Selfridges Store is a landmark to behold; a dramatic building of 15,000 spun aluminium discs that proudly stands out in the city centre. Inside it is no less impressive with it’s famous ‘Sky Plane’ roof under which you could spend hours shopping to your hearts content on of Europe’s biggest shopping centres. But if that isn’t enough why not head over to the striking Bull Ring Shopping Centre (with it’s neighbouring Rotunda Tower, a piece of Birmingham’s architectural heritage ) that you’ll recognise from all the vacation guide brochures which depict Birmingham.
And don’t forget the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter, or ‘Birmingham’s Gem’ as it’s locally called, where amidst the numerous high end independent designer shops and galleries you might find something special for the loved one in your life.
During your busy visit you will have an array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to choose between to recharge your batteries. Have a wander around the Mailbox area and the Chinese quarter or head to the best Indian restaurants in the suburbs of Balsall Heath, Mosely and Sparkhill, famous for that Birmingham speciality, the Balti curry.
If you like to balance a city visit with a bit of the countryside then you have the most beautiful surroundings on your doorstep in Birmingham. Nearby Warwick Castle in all it’s splendor is definitely worth a visit; Kennilworth ruins are also historically intriguing and Stratford upon Avon home of the famous William Shakepear is not far, but you may prefer the opportunity to enjoy a chocolate feast at Cadbury World instead!
If you came to Birmingham to buy some walking boots then the oppprtunity to try them out is close at hand. Explore the dramatic landscape of rural Moorland tops and navigate the walking trails of Britain’s first national park ‘The Peak District’ with the famous 268 mile footpath Penine Way! While you’re out and about why not visit the stone buildings of many ancient villages, or caves and spas around Buxton and Castleton.
Whether it’s business, shopping, fresh air or entertainment you’re after, Birmingham has a lot to offer today.
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