Settlements in Birmingham date back to Roman times when the city was an important intersection of different roads. Later on, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia had Birmingham as a cultural and merchant centre. It also became famous for its manufacturing diversity and its prominence continued as it became a centre for electrical and car manufacturing. Cadbury World and many other attractions are located in the second most populous urban area in the UK.
St Martin in the Bull Ring is Birmingham’s oldest church and was built on the site of a 13th century church, preserving the earlier tower and spire.
The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip built in a Baroque Style is another
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery are the largest city museums service in England and host some great art and historical collections. Its historical ones tell the stories of Birmingham’s diverse population and its trade and economy significance. The art exhibitions continuously change with more and more interesting displays.
The Jewellery Quarter dates back over 250 years and is the home of over 400 jewellery businesses. It is also around the only Georgian Square left in Birmingham where many art centres, cafes and bars are located. Nearby are also the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter which takes you on a tour around a real jewellery factory.
The Pen Room Museum, which reflects the Quarter’s reputation in the 19th century as the World’s centre for pen production, is another interesting museum in the area that you could check out.
Cadbury World is the perfect idea for a family trip where you will learn all about the history and making of chocolate and can indulge in tasting some of it.
SHOUT Festival is an LGBT cultural festival hosted by Birmingham for a third year in a row. It offers a wide variety of events, performances and activities so if you are there between 3 and 26 November, make sure you experience at least one of those.
As Birmingham has a fine selection of Asian and Indian restaurants, it is also known as the capital of Balti (a spicy Kashmiri dish). You can hardly go wrong if you pick any place in South Birmingham to get a taste of this must-do UK experience.