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Visitor's Guide to Birmingham

Visitor's Guide to Birmingham From mighty commerce and impressive industry to world-class venues and award-winning shopping, Birmingham is rightfully taking its place beside London in the top five UK tourist destinations and it really is easy to see why.

From the enormous £5m shopping area: The Bullring [map], that’s lined with cosmopolitan café bars, famous theatres, department stores and Mediterranean squares to one of the most impressive conference centres in the world – The National Exhibition Centre [map] – Birmingham has become a centre of huge tourist appeal and cultural charm.

Whether you’re planning a weekend visit or simply passing through, you can’t help but be impressed by this forward thinking city.

The Jewellery Quarter [map] offers visitors the chance to learn about a fascinating industry whilst perusing a selection of exclusive shops selling bespoke gold and silver items, as well as those essential diamonds.

The secret's not only in the shopping, although venues such as the exclusive Mailbox [map], which specialises in designer clothing certainly adds a certain amount of sparkle to the area, Birmingham’s appeal also lies in its big cultural influences.

The large Asian influence is evident in everything from the museums and art galleries to Birmingham being named “the Balti capital of the UK”.

There’s a great selection of entertainment, varying from the classical splendour of The Birmingham Royal Ballet [map] and the world-famous Birmingham Symphony Orchestra [map], to one of the best live music venues in the UK: The Birmingham Academy [map].

Award-winning museums include the huge Birmingham Museum and Gallery [map], and Aston Hall [map], the museum located within the Jewellery Quarter.

Essential sporting venues include the Birmingham City Football Ground [map] and Edgbaston Cricket Ground which is home to the Warwickshire Country Cricket Club.

Hotels and restaurants come in all shapes and sizes from five star luxurious accommodation to simple and homely places to rest your head.

Wherever you stay in Birmingham and whatever you plan to do you’ll discover a hidden treasure around every corner of this extremely tourist-friendly city in the very heart of England.

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