Birmingham, the bustling Venice of the Midlands


Located in the West Midlands, the second largest city in England after London, Birmingham is one of the top 5 most visited places in the UK. It has housed many monuments from the 18th and 19th centuries, when it was a major city of the Industrial Revolution. It is distinguished by its canals with many trendy cafes and bars. did you know Vibrant Birmingham has more canals than Venice! This summer, the eyes of the sports world will be on the host city of the prestigious Commonwealth Games.



Peaky Blinders Street Art in Birmingham |  © VisitBritain / John Attenborough

Peaky Blinders Street Art in Birmingham | © VisitBritain / John Attenborough

When they were built in 1930, Commonwealth Games brought together Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Birmingham will host around fifty countries from 28 July to 8 August 2022. Held every 4 years in the spirit of fair play, its games feature several sports, some very British such as cricket, netball or hockey, others more continental such as petanque.

As well as the Games, Birmingham will host a wide range of cultural and festive events (during the Birmingham Festival, from March to August 2022).


to find the beaten track

In Birmingham you can cross Downtown by Canoe Kayak Or on a barge and observe the creatures that live there. You’ll discover the treasures of local street art on a free self-guided tour.

You will travel in time to the interwar underworld. The city is famous for providing the setting for Peaky Blinders, a hit TV series that tells the story of a crime family that has taken control of Birmingham. Many scenes have been shot inside the film. Black Country Living Museum, This open-air museum “of the history of the Black Country” offers thematic walks designed by historians specializing in the period. They drive through neighborhoods and authentic landmarks organized by Birmingham gangs. And it all ends well, with an evening at one of the city’s oldest pubs.

The lovers of beautiful views will climb to the summit Library of Birmingham, This impressive contemporary building – believed to be the largest public library in the country – has two rooftop gardens that are free to access, as well as numerous exhibitions dedicated to great writers and artists.

Birmingham is also one of the high places of British multiculturalism. his own chinatown The streets are lined with Chinese, Japanese and Korean food stores and restaurants. Located in Digbeth Cultural Center, Space centralla Presents works of art from Central Europe and the Orient. It regularly organizes South Asian music and dance festivals such as Birmingham Fair The UK’s largest South Asian music festival (27-28 August).

Lovers of wide open spaces and wildlife will find what they’re looking for Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, The city’s zoological sanctuary which is home to red pandas and meerkats. is the correct address for their tropical species Botanic Garden Which hosts events throughout the year. Daredevils will try their hand at climbing and acrobatic challenges created by renowned British mountaineer, adventurer and author. Bear Grylls Inside Bear Grylls Adventure Activity Center.


The most unusual places to spend the night

There are several boutique hotels in Birmingham city centre. Let us cite as an example Rotunda, Hotel du Vin or Frederick Street Townhouse. Leaving the city within a radius of about twenty kilometers, you will find unusual, unique, such as rockhouse, 800 years old, this house dug into the cliff in the middle of a spectacular setting of wooded forest by the side of a stream is a true romantic nest in which to take refuge as a couple. To add to the decor, there is a king size bed and a large old-fashioned fireplace.

Warwick Castle It delights day by day with its historical interest. The experience continues at night in a unique medieval atmosphere. Visitors can actually rent a lodge or tent knight’s village, a “shiny” spot located on the palace estate and another secret forest refuge. The “royal” tent, which can seat four people, has a four-poster bed and throne chairs.

Also unusual and original: the West Midlands Safari Park Luxury Bungalows, We have a front row seat to watch the animals in their habitat. Elephant Lodge The elephant is next to the watercourse. Red Panda Cottage Panda looks at the enclosure. Other bungalows feature giraffes, gorillas, rhinos and cheetahs. Each bungalow can accommodate up to five or six people and offers two days of free access to the park on each rental night.


The most unusual places to spend the night

There are several boutique hotels in Birmingham city centre. Let us cite as an example Rotunda, Hotel du Vin or Frederick Street Townhouse, Leaving the city within a radius of about twenty kilometers, you will find unusual, unique, such as Rockhouse. 800 years old, this house dug into the cliff in the middle of a spectacular setting of wooded forest by the side of a stream is a true romantic nest in which to take refuge as a couple. To add to the decor, there is a king size bed and a large old-fashioned fireplace.

Warwick Castle It delights day by day with its historical interest. The experience continues at night in a unique medieval atmosphere. Visitors can actually rent a lodge or tent knight’s village, a “shiny” spot located on the palace property, another secret forest refuge. The “royal” tent, which can seat four people, has a four-poster bed and throne chairs.

Also unusual and original: the West Midlands Safari Park Luxury Bungalows, We have a front row seat to watch the animals in their habitat. Elephant Lodge The elephant is next to the watercourse. Red Panda Cottage Panda looks at the enclosure. Other bungalows feature giraffes, gorillas, rhinos and cheetahs. Each bungalow can accommodate up to five or six people and offers two days of free access to the park on each rental night.


Birmingham’s most unique tables

Street Food in Birmingham |  © TravelBritain / John AttenboroughStreet Food in Birmingham |  © TravelBritain / John Attenborough

Street Food in Birmingham | © TravelBritain / John Attenborough

eaters will love baltic triangle, a colorful district in the south of the city where wonderful restaurants are concentrated. Featured is balti curry, a spicy dish that combines Kashmir traditions and British ingredients. The story goes that the dish was invented in this neighborhood in the 1970s.

A lively bar with delicious cocktails and inventive dishes featuring the best of street food (gourmet burgers, seasoned fries, hot dogs and other cinnamon waffles): sluice, And, by offering customers a full range of sports, from baseball to curling through tabletop mini-golf, we are here at the perfect playground for the eternal teen.

Fans of table tennis, beer pong, bowling, billiards and arcade games will also find their delight here roxy ballroom, Colorful shade covered with graffiti. The music is good, the pizza is delicious and the menu of cocktails and craft beers is incomparable.

For a more sophisticated meal, head to the West Midlands for about ten . Huh Michelin-starred restaurants, five of which are in Birmingham More than any other British city outside London. City center, restaurant Adam’s Specializes in the great classics of British gastronomy. opium Offers sumptuous Indian cuisine (including vegetarian and pescatarian tasting menus). mosley’s carters It is distinguished by its seasonal cuisine, by sustainable agriculture, as well as by its organic and biodynamic wines.


Getting Around Birmingham

As well as its international airport, Birmingham has several major rail stations, including Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International, which provide connections across the country. Moor Street Central Station can be reached by fast train from London Marylebone in just 1 hour 40 minutes.

Thanks to cycle paths, getting around Birmingham on two wheels is also easy. You can rent bikes from West Midlands Cycle Hire or Brompton Bike Terminals. The city and its region also benefit from an extensive network of wheelchair accessible buses and trams. Thank you for freely borrowing a rechargeable SWIFT card.

All sites and attractions in Great Britain implement various hygiene measures to protect their visitors. We recommend that you consult their websites before visiting to learn about applicable restrictions.

Located in the Midlands, Central UK Birmingham is easily accessible from most parts of the UK. At the crossroads of influences from across the country and around the world, this is a world-city that knows how to get by.
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