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Birmingham

Birmingham is a real gem! Excellent restaurants, good shopping, exciting nightlife and an architectural icon have transformed perceptions of the city. Last but not least, the landscape that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write "The Lord of the Rings."

Like many other cities, Birmingham has a link with the Roman Empire. The city was mentioned as far back as 1086 in the Doomsday Book, and developed into an important trade centre from the 12th century onward. During the 17th century, a large weapons industry grew up. Among others, Birmingham provided Oliver Cromwell’s army with weapons and later on they supplied Napoleon. During the golden age of the Industrial Revolution, the city grew rapidly thanks to its supplies of iron, coal and labour. Subsequently, Birmingham became an important hub in England’s canal and train networks, and these days the city has a network of over 60 km of canals and other waterways, which is more than Venice.

During the Second World War, large areas of the city were destroyed, and a relatively unlovely city centre was rebuilt. In recent years, however, an architectural renaissance has occurred and old squares, streets and waterways have been restored and renovated. Many typical British brands, and frequently world famous brands have been created here, including Bakelite, Cadbury’s, Brylcreem, HP Sauce and Typhoo Tea. The city’s inhabitants include J. R. R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne.

Population: 1 million

With world-class galleries, interesting museums and outstanding heritage attractions you will find yourself busy. Birmingham offers something for every taste and every age. All you need to do is to start exploring the city and get inspired.

It is quite easy to find something good to eat in Birmingham, especially if tasty, creative Indian food is high on your wish list. If you aim for Broad Street, there is a lot to choose from, and excursions to other districts such as the Jewellery Quarter may also be worthwhile.

 
Finding a cafe to relax in is not hard in Birmingham, you will find everything from international brands to the growing number of family-owned cafés. You will never be far away from a cup of the java.
 
Birmingham’s nightlife is as famous as it is varied. The range is constantly changing and it is normally best to check out the situation on site, preferably in the city’s clothing and record stores. Here are some places to start with.
 

In Birmingham, much of the shopping is concentrated in the Bullring mega-complex. As usual, there is a couple of bars and restaurants, plus a grocery department with delicious and exciting products from countries including USA and Japan.

A stone’s throw from the Bullring is the flea market in Saint Martin’s Market, locally referred to as The Rag. After 50 years it is still increasing in popularity. If you want to buy jewellery, you should head for the unique Jewellery Quarter. The shops in the area also sell antiques and clocks.

 

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