Birmingham, Britain's second city!
If you’re looking for a perfect city break, make sure you consider Birmingham.
The city has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years and in doing so has reinvented its identity.
Once known as the city of a thousand trades, due to its rich manufacturing heritage, the city is now recognised as the UK’s ultimate shopping destination with no fewer than three shopping centres.
You can shop til you drop at the Bullring Shopping Centre where you will find over 160 of your favourite retailers including famous names, including Selfridges, as well as Grand Central, a brand new centre located on top of the new railway station, with over 60 stores.
Meanwhile if you’re a self-confessed fashionista you must head to the Mailbox, an upmarket shopping centre where you will find luxury designer labels including Hugo Boss, Armani and Tommy Hilfiger.
The city’s Jewellery Quarter is world famous, and is where the majority of UK jewellery is made. Stop off at the many workshops and have a special one-off piece made as a souvenir of your visit to the city.
But it’s not all about shopping in Birmingham. Enjoy a dose of culture in the many museums and galleries, stroll through the many parks or enjoy a scenic walk by the canals.
At Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery you can explore 40 fascinating galleries including the biggest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world whilst Ikon is one of Europe's leading contemporary art galleries.
The city is just as lively at night. Why not experience one of the city’s famous Balti houses, perhaps take in a touring West End show at the famous Hippodrome theatre or see your favourite artist at the Symphony Hall, O2 Academy or National Indoor Arena?
Popular attractions such as the National SEALIFE Centre and Cadbury World are also on its doorstep, ensuring the city has all-age appeal too.
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