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Britain’s second biggest city is a modern metropolis with a gleaming skyline of shopping centres, town halls and cathedrals. With an enlightened background in the Industrial Revolution, this urban centre is now a hive of activity in the arts, thanks to its grand theatres and museums. The diverse makeup of the city adds another layer of intrigue to its rich variety of culture and cuisine.

At a glance

  • Language English
  • Currency Pound sterling
  • Time difference GMT
  • Beer £3
  • 3-course meal £45

Retail therapy

Birmingham is home to the Bullring, one of the most popular shopping centres in all of the UK. This stunningly modern building boasts an upmarket Selfridges store, as well as Hugo Boss, Apple and more. On top of that, there’s the historic Jewellery Quarter which dates back over 205 years but still has over 500 jewellery stores.

Fun times

South of the centre of Birmingham, you’ll find Cadbury World. It’s based in the model village Bournville, set up for the expanding Cadbury’s chocolate factory back in the 1860s. Take the tour of 14 zones and enjoy a 4D Chocolate Adventure, discover the story of making chocolate and visit the world’s biggest Cadbury shop. For natural wonders, there’s the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and National Sea Life Centre. The NEC is also world-famous for its huge seasonal exhibitions.

Enlightened experiences

There’s a rich array of arts and educational activities on offer in Birmingham. The Symphony Hall is one of Birmingham’s shining glories for its perfect acoustics and huge mechanical organ. You’ll also be fascinated by the Thinktank Science Museum, which has a science garden, planetarium and a Spitfire plane hanging from the ceiling! You can also enjoy free entry to the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – look out for the stunning Pre-Raphaelite collection.