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It beats away right at the heart of England – if you like London, you'll love Birmingham. England’s second-largest city is dynamic, cultural and individual. Birmingham invites the visitor to explore, be amazed and enjoy.
The Mailbox complex was created here after the complete refurbishment of the old Royal Mail centre.
The Forest of Arden, one of the best golf hotels in the UK, is just about 30 km south-east of Birmingham. It has tennis courts and a cricket pitch, a fitness centre and an exclusive spa.
The castle was used as a fortress until the early 17th century, then turned into a country house, remaining in the ownership of the Greville family.
The popular, innovative Bloc Hotel is situated at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. The rooms may be a little on the small side, but they’re very chic.
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This pub is in one of the oldest parts of the city, tucked away and not easy to find, but it’s worth the search.
This Grade II* listed building houses the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works and paintings.
Thanks to its perfect location in the middle of Birmingham, Asha’s is the perfect restaurant for lovers of Indian cuisine.
The pedestrian zone at New Street rail station is home not only to countless shops, but also to the popular and delightful Farmer’s Market.
The city’s town hall is right on Victoria Square. The square is effectively the centre of Birmingham.
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This culinary gem in Birmingham’s gastronomy is in the lovely old part of the city centre.
Aston Hall and its park are equally popular with locals and tourists. It is wonderful to stroll along the paths, past the gardens to the city’s most valuable building:
My favourite part of Birmingham is Digbeth, which is south of the centre. The quarter is currently undergoing a transformation from an industrial quarter to being ‘in’. But unlike other cities, though, nothing is being forced here; the change is being made slowly, relaxed, and without lots of planning or involvement by the city council. Many of the lovely old factory and warehouse buildings are still there.
The countless jewellery shops in the Jewellery Quarter to the north of the centre attract shoppers like a magnet.
Whether lunch or an evening meal, the dining in the Bull is always excellent. The focus is on British cuisine, and there are lots of hearty menus and dishes.
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Here’s something for lovers of Indian food and curries: the countless curry restaurants on Ladypool Round in the «Balti Triangle» south of the city centre.
The award-winning Glee Club in Birmingham is a genuine attraction, and absolutely must be included when planning your evening's entertainment.
Completed in 1841, in 1850 it was granted the status of a cathedral, and was the first Roman Catholic cathedral to be built in England after the reformation.
This 4-star hotel is in the perfect city centre location, just a few minutes’ walk from New Street shopping street. The rooms are very comfortable with lots of technical bits and pieces.
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If you’ve got the time during your visit to Birmingham, it’s well worth the 30-minute drive to see Packham House and its gardens and park.
The Warehouse Café on Allison Street has been serving vegetarian delights for over 30 years.
Following a two-year programme of refurbishment and modernisation, the Repertory Theatre (REP) opened its doors again in September 2013.
Whether the (in)famous fish ‘n’ chips, a juicy steak or a burger, you won’t leave the King’s Head feeling hungry! Enjoy your meal with a freshly tapped beer or a glass of excellent wine.
The Botanical Gardens are a popular place to come to and escape from the bustle of city life.