Why visit Birmingham?
Birmingham has a youthful vibe and is teeming with bars and nightlife - for this is the youngest city in Europe where the under 25s make up nearly 40% of the population. By day, explore more than 56km of waterways (more than Venice! either by foot, bike or by taking a boat trip. Worked up an appetite? Birmingham is known for its balti curries but also boasts the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London - and is home to Cadbury’s chocolate!
Best things to do in Birmingahm
- learn about the city’s past from canal-side information boards. Did you know, for example, that Leonardo da Vinci invented double mitre locks which use the force of the water to keep them tightly shut?
- there are more than 100 balti restaurants to choose from, with many found in the famous Balti Triangle
- head to the Jewellery Quarter where workshops have been fashioning jewellery for centuries, producing 40% of the country’s bling
- this fascinating district also has a Georgian Square, 200 listed buildings and an historic clock
- see the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
- get a culture fix at the internationally-acclaimed Ikon, one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Europe. Admission is free.