As Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham offers a great alternative option if you are looking for a change from London. Once a pioneer of the industrial revolution; the city’s diverse history has made it into a vibrant and unique destination filled with fantastic museums, dining and entertainment.
There is so much to see and do in this interesting city from discovering the beautiful collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery or taking a trip back in time to explore the restored Victorian street at Birmingham’s Back to Backs, a real stand out in the city. As one of the greenest cities in the UK, spend time outdoors at one of the city’s many parks or take a tour along the beautiful canals. And why not round of your trip with a visit to the Cadbury’s Factory, a firm family favourite.
If there is one thing you cannot miss in Birmingham, it is its outstanding shopping offering. If the array of shops on New Street is not enough then here you will also find the iconic Bullring Shopping centre home to Selfridges and all the high street favourites. The Mailbox is a fantastic upmarket alternative and when you have shopped to you have dropped then you can grab a cocktail in Harvey Nichols or one of the other bars here.
As Europe’s youngest city with around 40% of the population being under 25, it is unsurprising that the nightlife in Birmingham is truly fantastic. From superb theatre to chic cocktail bars to the renowned Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham offers a fun night out whatever your taste. Birmingham also has a fantastic gastronomic flare allowing you to fully indulge on your break with lots of fantastic Michelin star restaurants, quirky bar cuisine and the city’s legendary Balti Triangle; bursting with family run Asian restaurants serving up delicious dishes.