Though it has a rich, varied and significant history, vibrant culture and central location, Birmingham is often unfairly overlooked by holidaymakers in favour of cities further north or the bright lights of London.
As a result, it’s a city that is ripe for discovery with fantastic restaurants, great shopping facilities and world-class attractions. Though Birmingham has long vied to for title of Britain’s second city with nearby Manchester, the new energy, investment and optimism palpable in the city seems to be swinging the pendulum in the West Midland’s favour.
So if you’re planning a visit to Birmingham anytime soon, you’re sure to find a flight as Birmingham airport connects to the world. You can travel with Flybe for instance, that offers cheap flights to any UK destinations. Here are some not-to-be-missed Brummie attractions.
The Bull Ring
With its distinctive architecture and central location, the Bull Ring has been an important feature of Birmingham city life since the Middle Ages when a market was established on the site.
Shopaholics will be in heaven as the centre houses one of only four Selfridges department stores in the country as well as the fourth largest Debenhams in the UK.
The latest shopping centre on the site was opened in 2003 and in its first year saw over 35 million people walk through its doors.
If you’re a chocoholic, this is one attraction that is not to be missed during your Brummie adventure.
Cadbury World is made up of 14 zones that visitors can explore to learn all about the history and the making of chocolate. There are also interactive displays, demonstrations and activities, including the chance to create a chocolate of your very own.
Birmingham Back to Backs
Like many cities in the Midlands, Birmingham has a strong industrial history and the 19th century saw hundreds of homes built to house local workers.
The Birmingham Back to Backs, located at 50-54 Inge Street, is home to the last surviving back-to-back homes in the city and offers a fascinating insight into life over the last 200 years.
Now owned by the National Trust, the houses have been transformed into a museum that vividly brings the past to life and makes a great day out for kids and grown-ups alike.
With much to see and do, Birmingham is a great destination for a weekend away and it’s easy to reach this central metropolis whether you’re coming from London, Manchester or worldwide.