Birmingham Travel Guide
Recent years have seen a dramatic transformation, with large areas of the city pegged for redevelopment, which besides the aesthetic improvements has also spawned a burgeoning cultural scene. Today’s Birmingham boasts its own Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Company as well as a plethora of excellent Museums and Galleries including the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Black Country Museum and Ikon Gallery. The nightlife is now considered on a par with London and Edinburgh as more and more classy restaurants, bars and clubs take advantage of the rejuvenation. The city has not been slow to take
advantage of its heritage with its canal system, which is more extensive than that of Venice, fast becoming a favourite attraction in its own right. Probably Birmingham’s strangest claim to fame is that it is a Mecca for
Chocoholics the world over as it is home to Bournville Village, which was built in the late 19th century to house workers from the Cadbury Factory. The Villages main attraction is the choctastic Cadbury World, a virtual paradise for chocolate lovers of all ages. The main attraction the city has to offer is, of course, the National Exhibition Centre or NEC, which plays to huge international events ranging from pop concerts to orchestral recitals to movie conventions and sporting events. The NEC also has a reputation for being one of the busiest box offices in Europe. It may well not be on everyone’s list of places to visit, but against the odds, Birmingham is actually becoming a world-class centre for culture and sport and the future of Britain’s second largest city looks very bright indeed.
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