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Once known as the ‘Workshop of the World’, Birmingham is now enjoying a transition from heavy industry to art and culture. Shimmering canals, a pedestrianized city centre and gorgeous green spaces are just a few of this city’s attractions.

With three train stations, a metro line and an excellent bus service, wherever you decide to stay, it’s easy to reach the city’s main attractions. There are many cheap hotels in Birmingham. For frugal fun, Central Backpackers is a good choice located in the famous Bull Ring area, where there are shops and markets galore. Hatter’s Hostel is another cheap choice in the historical Jewellery Quarter. There are many mid-priced rooms in the city centre like City Inn and Crown Plaza or if you want to splash out, try the beautiful Old Crown Hotel, the oldest Inn in Birmingham. It’s next to the famous Custard Factory – a unique venue filled with shops by day and clubs by night.

Indian food fanatics can feast to their hearts content in the Balti Triangle. For chocoholics a visit to Cadbury World is a must while those in search of art and history will love the many galleries and museums. The IKON gallery is the one to see for contemporary works while Aston Hall, a restored Jacobean mansion, serves up a slice of history. Shop ‘til you drop in the Bull Ring, kick back and relax in the Botanic Gardens or run for the Lickey Hills and Country Park for walks or a game of golf.  Admire the fusion of Birmingham’s architecture from elegant mosques and synagogues to the Buddhist Peace Pagoda.

As the lights dim in Brum, locals throng to the cinemas and theatre, pack the pubs and clubs and dance the night away to live bands. Birmingham fits the bill if you’re after a lively long weekend break.

Did you know..?

Obviously a popular name, there are in fact 30 other Birmingham’s in the world and even a crater on the Moon!

There’s plenty of bling in Birmingham. In fact, the area has the highest concentration of jewellers in Europe and half of all UK jewellery is made there.

On Birmingham’s oldest street (New Street) lies an opulent underground lair that serves some of the best martinis in the city. In the basement of the Burlington Hotel you’ll find Bacchus, a lavish drinking den complete with frescoes and an Egyptian tomb.  It’s definitely a must-see.


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Known as the ‘workshop of the world’ and the ‘city of a thousand trades’, during Victorian times, Birmingham is the second largest city in Britain. There may be less trade than there used to be but Birmingham has seen a recent artistic revival, making it one of the best cities ...

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