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Discover Birmingham

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.

Shopping central

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.

Science and nature
The city’s industrial heritage can be explored along its immense canal system, or with a visit to the Thinktank science museum. In addition, there is the Tyseley Locomotive Works, home to a collection of steam engines, and the National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhill, which has over 1,000 machines. For a break from industry, Edgbaston offers the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Canon Hill Park.

Recommended in Birmingham

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro Birmingham

A chic hotel in a former hospital with excellent attention to detail.
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Innkeeper's Lodge Birmingham West (Quinton)

Large Tudor-style family-friendly pub with comfortable rooms.
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Malmaison Birmingham

Quirky design gives this Malmaison that 'wow' factor.