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Birmingham, the 2nd largest city in the UK, was a hotbed of the Industrial Revolution and hailed as ‘the first manufacturing town’ in 1791. Today, Birmingham has reinvented itself into a bustling metropolitan city with vibrant and influential grassroots, multiethnic neighbourhoods and a food scene that cannot be ignored.

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Birmingham, the 2nd largest city in the UK, was a hotbed of the Industrial Revolution and hailed as ‘the first manufacturing town’ in 1791. Today, Birmingham has reinvented itself into a bustling metropolitan city with vibrant and influential grassroots, multiethnic neighbourhoods and a food scene that cannot be ignored.

Attractions are abundant in Birmingham. Pay a visit to the world famous Cadbury World which attracts half a million chocoholics every year. A big Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit fan? Take the Tolkien Trail that shows places linked to the writer, including places that inspired the ‘two towers’ for the trilogy. For theatre lovers, the Birmingham Hippodrome hosts an array of shows, including season from the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Welsh National Opera.

Other great attractions include the National SEA LIFE Centre, Back to Backs, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Coventry Cathedral.

Shopaholics rejoice as Birmingham offers bags of retail therapy.  The city centre boasts all the best high street shops and the crown jewel that is Selfridges at the Bull Ring Complex is a shopper’s paradise, with beautiful architecture representing modern Birmingham to match. From the city centre filled with the Bullring, Pavilions and the Mailbox to The Oasis in Corporation Street. Unique to Birmingham is the Jewellery Quarter, with over 100 specialist jewellery retailers to choose from.

The city’s diverse cultural mix is seen in its wide variety of dining options. A must try is the Balti at Al Frash or Lahore Village – a Kashmiri curry imported and adapted by the city’s South Asian community. Have a fine dining experience and reserve a table at Purnell’s – awarded a Michelin star in 2009, it is no wonder Heston Blumenthal is a fan. Other great places to try are Cafe Ikon, Adam’s and Hen and Chickens PH.

Birmingham boasts some of the best nightlife scenes in the UK – there truly is something for everyone. The famous Broad Street is the centre of it all, but don’t forget to check out The Arcadian and the Mailbox for other great night offerings.  Have a delicious cocktail at Sobar and at The Lost & Found for an Alice-in-Wonderland-like experience or Dance all night at Gatecrasher, Warehouse or the more exclusive Snobs. For those looking for a laugh – the Glee Club and The Highlight offers stand up comedy that will have you in stitches and lure you back for the Birmingham Comedy Festival.