Birmingham is one of the UK’s core cities and is often referred to as the UK’s second city due to its size. The population is currently over 1 million and its no surprise that there is plenty to see and do in this exciting area.
Eating out in Birmingham
Birmingham has an incredible range of cuisine available due to its ethnically diverse landscape and is particularly famous for its wide variety of quality Indian restaurants. For years the Balti Triangle which is south of the city centre, has been synonymous with curry houses. However there is a fine range of other cuisine ranging from Chinese and Italian restaurants to the more traditional fish and chips.
Places to visit
Birmingham has a lot to offer those who want to explore a little and there are many attractions both in Birmingham itself and in the West Midlands Region.
One of Britain’s main tourist attractions. Alton Towers has beautiful landscaped gardens and is a massive adventure park which is popular all year round. Established in 1975, the Black Country Museum is a wonderful collection of history and heritage from the Black Country region.
Donington Park provides some fast paced action at its Grand Prix racing circuit. Both car and motorcycle racing is available. Cadbury World opened on 14th August 1990 and surprisingly (given the nations addiction to chocolate) is the UK’s only purpose built visitor centre dedicated entirely to chocolate.
If your looking for events and music then as well as the many small venues across the city the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and National Indoor Arena (NIA) provide all the excitement you should ever need. Now 25 years old the NEC is the largest exhibition centre in Europe. It was opened in 1976 by HM The Queen and the first exhibition was the Spring Fair. The NEC Arena is used for concerts and conferences and can house 12,600 people.
For those looking for some history then Warwick Castle provides an impressive and majestic building with towers and ramparts and a history going back over a 1000 years.
The National Sea Life Centre situated at Brindley Place provides an underwater wonderland with collections of sealife from around the globe. In addition the West Midlands Safari Park is a wonderful experience explorer some of the fascinating wildlife we have at the park.
There is a huge selection of great pubs and clubs throughout the city centre. It’s youthful population has ensured the nigtclub scene has thrived. The legendary Q Club, set in the old Methodist Central Hall hosts regular events such as Cream and Raveology! If your into the more luxurious things in life, why not try Mechu, home to the ultimate private VIP luxury. The huge student population however still demand no-frills fun venues so clubs like Snobs and Sunflower Lounge are the places to visit if this is your bag. The Glee Club and Jongleurs are always a hoot where top comics raise a smile everywhere from the theatres to the pub circuit.