Birmingham

You know when you’ve arrived in Birmingham. England’s second biggest city is defined by its swirling ring roads and streets lined with Victorian redbrick houses. Packed to the brim with heritage museums, mega arenas and space-age stores, you’ll leave Birmingham with full-to-bursting bags and purse strings stretched to the max. And after a hard day shopping and enjoying the arts scene, take a walk down the Curry Mile or treat yourself to the finest Michelin-starred restaurants that the city can offer. Barges drift down this West Midlands city's sleepy canals reminding you of a busy industrial past, while cycle routes lead to greener vales and country parks.

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Visit Europe's largest library

Visit Europe's largest library

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Enjoy the theatrical to the symphonic

Enjoy the theatrical to the symphonic

Make a beeline for England’s second city this autumn for a city break of world-renowned arts - from ballet and theatre to orchestral magnificence.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Create your own fine dining experience at Simpsons

Create your own fine dining experience at Simpsons

Fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur chef? Swap places with the chef and make the food yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Celebrate The Bard in Birmingham

Celebrate The Bard in Birmingham

This year some of Birmingham’s most esteemed institutions will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the ‘Our Shakespeare’ season.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Learn about the history of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Learn about the history of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a veritable friend factory.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

Head to Birmingham for a summer of festivals

This summer the streets, parks, bars and squares of Birmingham will be filled with melody as the city plays host to some fantastic music festivals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover distinctive Digbeth

Discover distinctive Digbeth

Discover Birmingham's beating heart - a hub of pubs, clubs and creativity.

Location: Digbeth, Birmingham

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Lift the lid on Birmingham's heritage

Lift the lid on Birmingham's heritage

Be transported back to the 1960s at the Newman Brothers Coffin Works.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Make it a Resorts World romantic break

Make it a Resorts World romantic break

Romantic breaks should be about luxury, indulgence and relaxation, so it’s a good job Birmingham has all of these in abundance.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for literary classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Learn how to cook healthy, sustainable food at Birmingham’s newest food school.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover green Birmingham

Discover green Birmingham

Birmingham has more than 8,000 acres of award-winning green spaces and parks – more than any other European city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Visit world-renowned artefacts on a budget break in Birmingham

Visit world-renowned artefacts on a budget break in Birmingham

Being on a budget break in Birmingham isn't a problem at all as there’s so much to see and do for free.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Prepare to be surprised at the UK’s most eccentric film festival

Prepare to be surprised at the UK’s most eccentric film festival

Flatpack is a film event like no other, fresh and innovative, which pops up in cultural venues across the whole of Birmingham every March.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Golf, off-roading and long boating in Birmingham

Golf, off-roading and long boating in Birmingham

From a round of golf to a Land Rover off-road experience, Birmingham will keep you busy whatever you fancy and whoever you’re with.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up from some of the world’s top comedians and then learn how to be funny yourself at the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham

Enjoy a weekend of free outdoor arts across Birmingham

Head to the Birmingham Weekender this September, where the city centre will be bought to life with music, dance, theatre, art, literature, food and fashion.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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