Britain’s second largest city is sometimes thought of as an industrial centre with little to offer the visitor. But there’s a lot to seek out, and it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. The city centres on Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square, which are dominated by the Council House, the Town Hall of 1834 and the Museum and Art Gallery, which houses the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world.
The main shopping area runs along New Street to the City Plaza and the Bullring, through the Jewellery Quarter. The award-winning waterfront complex, Brindley Place, is full of bustling bars and restaurants, as well as the National Sea Life Centre.