There are few cities in the UK that can echo the bustle and disparate characters of London while managing to also be a bit more friendly than the capital. Birmingham the UK’s second largest city, combines big city edginess, with the warmth and humor of the industrial Midlands. Forget the idea that Birmingham is smog, flat caps, and dirty buildings, and come see what the town affectionately called Brum is really all about!
You probably don’t think of Birmingham as a great place for sightseeing, but the city center is architecturally very interesting as well as pedestrian-friendly.
Whatever style you like, Birmingham has some amazing sights, from the Council House, sitting at the top of Victoria Square and overlooking one of the biggest fountains in Europe, to the iconic Bullring Shopping Center and the cubist home of the regional BBC, the Mailbox.
If sport is more your cup of tea, Birmingham is home to Villa Park, one of the oldest football stadiums in the country, and Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
If you fancy taking things a bit slower, you could hop on an organized tour by bus or by the canal – Birmingham has more canals than Venice!
Birmingham is not just a great place to look around, it’s also good for eating out. The center of Birmingham hosts the eclectic combination of restaurants and bars that you’d expect of such a big city, including the home of the Balti, a Pakistani curry invented in the city and characteristically served in the large metal bowl it was cooked it. The Balti Triangle is a must visit for all those who like their curries hot!
If you have a sweet tooth, then don’t miss Cadbury’s World in Bourneville, the original home of Dairy Milk. Discover where chocolate came from and see how all your favorites are made, before filling your pockets at, the World’s Biggest Cadbury.
End The Night In Style
Once you’ve eaten your fill, Birmingham’s Broad Street and Brindley Place have as many bars and pubs as you can manage, as well as nationally renowned comedy clubs such as the Glee Club and Jongleurs.
If you prefer live music, take in a concert at the world-renowned Symphony Hall, the National Indoor Arena or the LG Arena; all are regular stops for some of the top name entertainment in the world. Tickets for these events go fast, but the large Birmingham venues mean there is often a better possibility of getting to see your favorites here, than in smaller venues elsewhere.
Whatever you want, Birmingham’s got it.