The largest and most popular city outside London, Birmingham is city and metropolitan municipality located in the West Midland region of England. From being a medium sized market town during the medieval times, the city has now grown bounty times and flourished to become the third most populous built-up area in the United Kingdom and serves as home to 2,440,986 residents. The city is popular for laying the foundation of modern industrial town and becoming a major international commercial center. This is Uk’s fourth most visited cities by international tourists and is dominated by the service sector. Birmingham is known for its art, music, literature and culinary grassroots. Besides being the second largest metropolitan economy in United Kingdom, Birmingham is also the largest center of higher education in United Kingdom. People belonging to the city are called ‘Brummies’. The Birmingham city is located at an elevation of 140 meter above sea level and English is the official language spoken by majority of the people.
Birmingham Airport, located on the eastern edge of the city is the major airport serving Birmingham and flights from all over the world land here. Temperate Maritime Climate categorized by moderately hot summer pretty cool winter dominates the region. The city received more snow as compared to its counterparts and also experiences a considerable urban heat island effect. The city does not have an extreme weather but is known for experiencing tornados. The season between April to September is the best time to visit Birmingham city as the climate is neither very cool not very hot. The cosmopolitan socioeconomic stratum of the city allows people of all faiths to live here in peace and harmony. While numerous festivals are celebrated here all through the year, St Patrick’s Day Parade on 17th March and Birmingham Heritage Festival in August draw the maximum crowd.
There are a lot of things to see and do on your trip to Birmingham. The rich medieval history of the city can be experience by visiting the various churches in the city. A visit to Birmingham is incomplete without a visit to the Cadbury World where you can learn more about the chocolate making process along with various other attractions like chocolate rain and tasting freshly made warm chocolate. Experience an underwater voyage at the National Sea Life Center or trace back the charming history of the city at Warwick Castle, the options is endless. The themed gallery – Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Wonderful world of Planes and Trains, Broadway Plaza, 12 screens Odeon 3D Multiplex, the 20 lane Bowlplex, The Jewellery Quarter and Winterbourne House and Garden are some of the many attractions that tourists can enjoy visiting.
The list does not end here. A canal cruise offering a chance to explore the city in a different way too should not be missed. Handle a real bird of prey at the Falcon Center or go karting at the Grand Prix Karting, there are a lot many activities that are suited for tourists of all age. Adventure Island Mini Golf, the Pen Room, Ruskin Glass Center and Sandwell Valley Country Park are also major attractions in Birmingham.
Eating and Shopping
Food is an important part of the people of Birmingham and it won’t be an overstatement to say that the life of the Brummies revolve around food and drink. At Birmingham, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables are consumed in plenty. The city is known for its fresh produce and almost all the restaurants serve freshest and tastiest meals. Birmingham is the only English city outside London to have four Michelin starred restaurants: Simpson's in Edgbaston, Turners in Harborne and Purnell's and Adam's located in the city Centre. The city is also famed for its breweries that churn out Ansells, Davenport's and Mitchells & Butlers. Nightclubs and fine Victorian pubs can be found in large numbers. Birmingham is also famed for its bakery products and artisan food sector. Numerous food festivals, farmers markets and popular street food events also take place regularly in the city.
Shopping in Birmingham has been redefined with the redevelopment the Bullring Shopping Centre. Often tagged as a shopper’s heaven, the options of shopping in Birmingham is not limited to high end malls, departmental stores or expensive brand outlets. There are numerous old markets, historic centers and the city’s world famous Jewellery Quarter where you can shop your heart out without burning a hole in your pocket. When in Birmingham, do not miss shopping for traditional art and crafts and jewellery. The Bull Ring is a popular market place offering numerous shops. The fact that it was the busiest shopping center in the United Kingdom in 2004 with 36.5 million visitors makes it a must visit shopping destinations for all those planning a holiday in Birmingham.
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