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Find information on Birmingham in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Birmingham is England's second city and although it has a large urban sprawl, within thirty miles in any direction you can find beautiful English countryside. Birmingham has much to offer visitors, as apart from the city itself, it is the gateway to the Midlands, close to Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Black Country. Millions travel every year to Birmingham to attend events at the National Exhibition Centre, the National Indoor Arena and the International Convention Centre. The city centre has improved enormously over the years with the modernisation of the Bull Ring Centre and the cleaning up of the canals. Birmingham city breaks offer a wealth of cultural activities, great shopping and lively entertainment.
Birmingham is a vibrant city offering many interesting sightseeing opportunities. There are numerous museums and art galleries, concert and sporting venues and a superb range of shops.
Birmingham city breaks have wide popularity as there are so many reasons for coming to the city. Some attend the exhibitions such as Cruft’s Dog Show or the BBC Good Food Show while others may enjoy the ballet or a concert or a sporting event. There are those who come to enjoy the vibrant nightlife on a stag or hen weekend. There may be many different reasons for taking a Birmingham weekend break but all agree, it is a welcoming city with excellent amenities.
Birmingham city breaks can be taken at any time of year.
Birmingham is a vibrant city and an ideal choice for a weekend break as there is much to see and do. The modernisation of the city centre, the pedestrianisation of the shopping areas and the clean up of the waterways combine to make it a very pleasant location. Birmingham boasts one of the best concert halls in Europe and is also home to the Royal Ballet, formerly the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. The city hosts many large events in its National Exhibition Centre, its International Convention Centre and its National Indoor Arena. Birmingham has much to occupy your days from museums and galleries to great shopping facilities. Birmingham makes a good base for exploring the Midlands with Stratford-on-Avon only an hour away and Warwick even closer. Birmingham and the surrounding area have many child centred facilities including The Ackers Adventure offering a dry ski slope, archery a climbing wall and water based activities in the Grand Union Canal. Cadbury’s World is also popular. Birmingham city breaks attract many young adults looking lively evenings.
Birmingham nightlife has something for every one and can be as lively or as relaxed as you wish. Evenings can be spent at the ballet, or in a concert hall or in the many lively clubs found in the city. The Gatecrasher is the largest club and the Oceana is the most modern with two large dance floors, several bars and a rooftop seating area.
Birmingham has several great shopping centres, the Bull Ring being the most famous. North of the city centre is the jewellery quarter where there are small independent workshops and retailers. It is well worth visiting.
Birmingham is known as the Balti capital of the world where the dish was first created in nineteen seventy seven. Two miles south of the city centre, there are over fifty restaurants in the ‘balti triangle’. Birmingham is a cosmopolitan city and has restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. They cater for every budget from student grant to executive expense accounts.