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What to see in Birmingham

Birmingham Attractions

Idiosyncratic in its language and Kashmiri cuisine, Birmingham offers something new to travellers in England. From pubs and canals to shopping and curry, the Brummies impart an impressive spread. A student town atmosphere coupled with big city features and sightseeing attractions ensures a holiday in Birmingham makes for a rewarding UK travel experience.

A rich bounty of cuisine and culture make up the world-renowned Balti Triangle, and the curvaceous Selfridges store with its mottled futuristic 'skin' is not to be missed at the Bull Ring centre, a commercial hub that has been in use since the Middle Ages.

For a breath of fresh air, head to one of Birmingham's five Green Flag-status parks, and enjoy the shade of the city's dense oak tree cover. For those travelling to Birmingham with kids, the Cadbury's factory will delight children and cocoa lovers alike, and the Drayton Manor Theme Park will be fun for the whole family.

A host of excellent art galleries and museums promise to entertain culture vultures: the RAF Museum is interesting for history fans; the small but fascinating Museum of the Jewellery Quarter showcases a different side of the city; and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery boasts one of the best Pre-Raphaelite collections in the world.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is the UK's premier theme park aimed at the thrill-seeking and young-at-heart, and can be a welcome excursion for those who have overdosed on the culture and tranquillity of the Cotswolds.…

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Balti Triangle

Any visit to Birmingham is incomplete without visiting the Balti Triangle, the city's unique curry capital. Originating from the large Kashmiri population, the Balti dish was officially discovered…

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Praised by The Observer as 'one of the finest small art galleries in Europe', the vivid red walls of the enchanting Barber Institute of Fine Arts are adorned with some of the most celebrated…

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Boasting part of the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings in the world, the breathtaking works of luminaries such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne Jones can be found…

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Drayton Manor Theme Park

A short drive from Birmingham's city centre, the Drayton Manor Theme Park offers an exhilarating alternative to shopping and sightseeing. Loaded with more than 50 rides offering high-octane thrills…

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Selfridges Store

A Birmingham landmark, the Selfridges store at the Bull Ring Market boasts a stylish design, proving that contemporary architecture can thrive outside of trendy London. The knobbly silver facade was…

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