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Idiosyncratic in its language and Kashmiri cuisine, Birmingham offers something new to travellers in England. From pubs and canals to shopping and curry, the Brummies impart an impressive spread. A student town atmosphere coupled with big city features and sightseeing attractions ensures a holiday in Birmingham makes for a rewarding UK travel experience.

A rich bounty of cuisine and culture make up the world-renowned Balti Triangle, and the curvaceous Selfridges store with its mottled futuristic 'skin' is not to be missed at the Bull Ring centre, a commercial hub that has been in use since the Middle Ages. For a breath of fresh air, head to one of Birmingham's five Green Flag-status parks, and enjoy the shade of the city's dense oak tree cover. A host of excellent art galleries and museums promise to entertain culture vultures: the RAF Museum is interesting for history fans; the small but fascinating Museum of the Jewellery Quarter showcases a different side of the city; and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery boasts one of the best Pre-Raphaelite collections in the world.

For those travelling to Birmingham with kids, the Cadbury's factory will delight children and cocoa lovers alike, and the Drayton Manor Theme Park will be fun for the whole family.

Barber Institute interior

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Praised by The Observer as 'one of the finest small art galleries in Europe', the vivid red walls of the enchanting Barber Institute of Fine Arts are adorned with some of the most celebrated art from the 13th to 20th centuries. Browsing the...  see full details



Alton Towers

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is the UK's premier theme park aimed at the thrill-seeking and young-at-heart, and can be a welcome excursion for those who have overdosed on the culture and tranquillity of the Cotswolds. Rides with names such as Nemesis, The Blade, Submission and Ripsaw...  see full details



Balti Cuisine

Balti Triangle

Any visit to Birmingham is not complete without visiting the city's 'curry capital' and sampling its unique Balti fare. Originating from the large Kashmiri population, the Balti dish was officially discovered in 1976. The word 'balti' means 'bucket', and refers to the round-bottomed pan,...  see full details



Selfridges exterior

Selfridges Store

A Birmingham landmark, the Selfridges store at the Bull Ring Market boasts a stylish design, proving that contemporary architecture can thrive outside of trendy London. Designed by Future Systems' architects, the knobbly silver façade was inspired by Paco Rabanne's chain mail dresses. Constructed with concrete,...  see full details



Birmingham Museum

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Boasting part of the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings in the world, the breathtaking works of luminaries such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne Jones can be found at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The spectacular Waterhall Gallery of Modern...  see full details



Drayton Manor Theme Park

Drayton Manor Theme Park

A short drive from Birmingham's city centre, the Drayton Manor Theme Park offers an exhilarating alternative to shopping and sightseeing. Loaded with more than 50 rides offering high-octane thrills and a range of attractions, the park provides fun for all ages. Visitors can drop...  see full details