Mention Birmingham and most people will immediately think of "Spaghetti Junction". But England's second-largest city is more than just a major confluence of flyovers and underpasses. Once a small market town, the Birmingham of today is a result of the transformation that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. In the late 1700s, Birmingham was at the forefront of scientific and technological advances and the birthplace of industrial steam engines. The city continued to be a major industrial hub into the 20th century and was a prime target for German bombs during the 'Birmingham Blitz' in World War II.
Easily accessible by air, road and rail, modern-day Birmingham is a major conference and events centre. New hotels, office blocks and shopping centres have been built to accommodate an ever-growing demand and the city has made tremendous strides in recent years in attracting tourists.
A once-defunct canal system has been extensively restored and derelict buildings on the banks have been replaced with rows of cafés, bars and shops. The Birmingham Back to Backs Exhibition, a restored courtyard of 19th century red-brick back-to-back houses, offers visitors a glimpse of everyday life in the early part of the century. The Bull Ring has been a Birmingham landmark since markets were first held there in the Middle Ages and today comprises two shopping centres that attract almost 40 million visitors annually.
Running from the Bull Ring to Birmingham Town Hall is New Street, which is a shopper's delight, but an alternative shopping experience is to be found in the narrow side streets. Here, you will find numerous small shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques away from the hustle and bustle of New Street.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery combines the best of both worlds, while admirers of modern art will not be disappointed at the Ikon Gallery. From small intimate venues to the 15,000 capacity Genting Arena, there is a music venue for rock, pop, jazz, blues and classical fans somewhere in the heart of Birmingham
It is best to make reservations before your arrival and we can help in booking the best 5 star hotels in Birmingham. Close to the Bull Ring, the Mason's Way provides guests with their own apartments giving them more freedom while away from home. Just 500 metres from the Bull Ring are the Dilson Apartments-Arcadian, where rooms with a balcony can be booked on request. Eight miles from the city centre, but close to Birmingham airport, is the upmarket Moat House apartment hotel which has free WiFi and parking.
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