Birmingham- The city with more miles of canals than Venice
Located in the West Midlands of England, Birmingham is the second largest British city and the fourth most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors. Moreover, it is the largest centre of higher education in the country after London, thanks to its six universities, and its main cultural institutions are known all over the world. Birmingham grew in importance during the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, when it became the pioneer of many innovations in science, technology and economy, such as the industrial steam engine. Nowadays it is a major international commercial centre and the second largest economy in the United Kingdom.
Birmingham offers numerous attractions to its visitors. A list of a few of them will make you understand that there is something to suit everybody's fancy!
When coming with your family, one of the best places to visit is Cadbury World: a paradise for chocolate lovers! There you can learn how chocolate is made, play with it and, of course, taste it. Birmingham's National SEA LIFE Centre allows you to walk through a glass tunnel surrounded by water and marine life. Thinktank, Birmingham's award winning science museum, offers a wide programme of events and activities. If you like jewellery, the Jewellery Quarter, with its four museums, several art galleries, over 100 jewellery shops, is the place for you. Back to Back Housing, a restored courtyard of working people's houses, brings you back to the 19th century. The Library of Birmingham is also an interesting place to visit and its “Secret Garden” at the 7th floor offers a panoramic view of the city. Finally, the Hippodrome Theatre is a Victorian theatre hosting musicals, ballet, opera and West End shows.
With its clubs, theatres, bars and pubs, Birmingham offers some of the best nightlife in the UK, which is mainly concentrated in four areas: Broad Street, The Mailbox, The Arcadian and Star City.
Birmingham is a paradise for shoppers. Here you can find everything you could ever want, thanks to its mix of shopping centres (Bullring, The Mailbox, Grand Central, Pavilions, etc.), historic markets, the Jewellery Quarter and shopping streets (New Street, Corporation Street and High Street).
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Birmingham experiences a marine west coast climate. It has warm summers and mild, dry and snowy winters.
Right in the centre of England, Birmingham is well-connected by rail, road and air, thanks to its own international airport.
Getting around in the city is also very easy. There is a good bus, train and metro network, but, if you prefer walking around on foot, the city centre is small enough to do it. Moreover, you can also choose to explore the city by canal boat: an extensive canal system remains from the Industrial Revolution, making Birmingham the city with more miles of canal than Venice.