Birmingham is not only the UK’s ‘second city,’ it’s also a wonderful place to visit with attractions that should suit all tastes and interests.
Here are five reasons why everyone should visit it.
1. Easy travel to Birmingham, the home of Cadbury
As Birmingham is situated in the middle of the UK travel links between the city and the rest of the world are excellent. It’s very easy to go online and search for flights toBirmingham with Flybe from Hungary, Ireland to name a few countries as well as the rest of the UK.
Everyone loves chocolate and, Bournville, the centre of Cadbury’s production is just 13 minutes away from the airport. Cadbury World is the place to go to learn more about the manufacture of chocolate and to sample some delicious products.
2. Famous art galleries in the centre of Birmingham
If you’ve ever looked at some of those mournful paintings by the Pre Raphelite Brotherhood and wondered where you can go and see the originals, then the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, right in the centre of the city, is the place to visit.
Works by Millais, Burne Jones and Rosetti are on show here. The museum also holds a vibrant history department which currently is home to the recently discovered gold of the ‘Staffordshire Hoard.’
3. Take a canal trip in Birmingham
Birmingham is famous for its canals. They’ve dominated the city for centuries and have recently been cleared and made more accessible for visitors. Take a canal cruise and view the city from an alternative perspective (image by houseofhall).
The Ikon Gallery was founded in 1965 and can be found in Brindleyplace. This gallery has a constantly changing programme of exhibitions and is internationally acclaimed. You could see an installation one day and then enjoy some sculpture or mixed media on your next visit. This gallery is never boring and a visit here will electrify your senses.
5. In Birmingham curry is king
Birmingham is a large multicultural city and in recognition of the number of residents who have family origins in Asia, the city hosts the annual National Curry Week. It’s a well-known fact in the UK that Birmingham is the place to visit to sample a delicious curry. This year’s winner is Lasan in the Jewellery Quarter, but there are innumerable restaurants throughout the city serving this delicious menu choice.
Try and go to the so called Balti Triangle, based in the south east of the city. There’s even a website devoted to this area and its wonderful eateries.