About Birmingham

November 01 2011

Birmingham is one of the biggest cities in the UK and welcomes more than 22 million visitors to the city each year. A city with something for everyone - Away from the World Championships, Birmingham has plenty to offer visitors for a day or a week:

Shopping - Birmingham’s an absolute shopper’s paradise. Shopping in Birmingham offers the ideal opportunity to revitalise any wardrobe or home. Whether you seek head-turning chic or eye-catching value it’s all waiting in the bold new shopping capital of Europe. From Harvey Nichols to Selfridges, from the welcoming mix of new or revitalised malls, from vibrant markets or the world-famous Jewellery Quarter where hand-made craftsmanship waits at unbelievable prices, the shops in Birmingham offer you everything you could ever want in an attractive and compact centre interspersed with plenty of great café bars and restaurants to keep you going. Click here for more details http://www.visitbirmingham.com/shopping/

Family Days - Birmingham offers an incredible amount to keep families busy. Kick off with Drayton Manor Theme Park or ThinkTank is the city’s science museum with plenty of interactive fun plus a look at the city’s industrial past.

The National Sea Life Centre, right next to the NIA, is one of the only inland sea life centres in the UK with over 1000 creatures to see including hammerhead sharks, giant turtles and otters as well as crabs and starfish to touch and hold.

A further look into the city’s history can be found at Cadbury World – the home of Cadbury’s chocolate which originated in the city.  It’s a chocolate lover’s heaven and includes a factory tour, the origins of chocolate and much more.

Click here for more details http://www.visitbirmingham.com/family/

Nights Out - It’s party-time in Birmingham. No city Europe wide has a younger population. Or puts more energy, passion or creativity into enjoying a night on the town.  Take your pick; Vibrant bars. Numerous nightspots. And endless rated restaurants. Then there’s the champion comedy clubs, theatres and gigs for all. Plus world class classics from the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

There's more students than any other UK city outside of London, not surprising then that the club scene puts others to shame with venues such as the O2 Academy, the HMV Institute and the Glee Club all within easy distance of many of the city centre hotels.  Bands and acts vary, ranging from up and coming artists to global superstars.

The famous Broad Street is only a stones throw from the NIA, the party is sure to be huge! Click here for more details http://www.visitbirmingham.com/nightlife/

Eating out - The cosmopolitan nature of eating out in Birmingham is demonstrated by the sheer choice and quality of the restaurants. It’s foodie heaven. Whether you’re looking for Michelin stars or a quick, cheap, enjoyable bite, feast on a riot of choice to suit every pocket.

Relaxing - It's also a fantastic place to relax with more more parks than any other European city and more than six million trees and spectatularly it is home to a huge hidden canal network, the city has more canals than Venice with the first one opening in 1769, 56 kilometres of canals in total.

Make sure you book your accomodation in the right place as there are 30 other Birminghams around the world and even one crater on the moon called Birmingham!

Key links:

www.visitbirmingham.com

www.cadburyworld.co.uk

www.visitsealife.com/Birmingham

www.thinktank.ac

www.broadstreetbirmingham.com

www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk

http://venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-institute/home

www.glee.co.uk

www.bullring.co.uk

www.bmag.org.uk

Getting to Birmingham is easy by train. Click www.londonmidland.com for further info.