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Situated in the West Midlands-the heart of England, is Birmingham, the country’s second largest city. Standing in the shadows of it’s big brother London, Birmingham has an incredible historical past dating back to the Middle Ages. With culture and heritage galore, the former worker’s town that rose to fame during the Industrial Revolution but fell on hard times, has re-invented itself as a culturally diverse city.
In Birmingham you’ll find an array of top museums, art galleries, shopping areas, restaurants to suite any taste, cultural events, and performances by the Birmingham Royal Ballet-Britain’s premier touring ballet company.
Begin your journey to Birmingham’s past at Aston Hall and Park which was recently re-opened thanks to a hefty 13 million pound (1.96 million U.S. dollar) development project. In 1618 Sir Thomas Holte began construction on the Jacobean-style mansion where the Holte family often received royalty. Located on expansive grounds, the home is full of rooms decorated with period furniture, paintings, textiles and metal works.
The gem of a find is the city’s Jewelry Quarter where nearly 20,000 skilled craftspeople meticulously worked producing some of the greatest pieces of jewelry including buttons, buckles, and bracelets. The post-war recession of the 1940s and 50s saw employment plunder to 4,000, but the area is a tourist’s paradise with jewelry artisans, wedding retailers, restaurants, jewelry-themed bars, and galleries. To learn more about the area, visit the Museum of the Jewelery Quarter where an expansive collection of information on Birmingham’s renowned jewelry history is housed.
If sparkling diamonds and precious stones aren’t within your budget, try the eclectic monthly farmer’s market operated by locals. At 24 Carrots Farmers Market, you’ll find fresh locally produced breads, jams, and savory food fired-up on grills. Worth trying is the scrumptious carrot cake and if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even find edible earrings.
Birmingham is a food lover’s haven with the annual Taste of Birmingham, a first class food festival where international cuisine and fresh local produce bond. Looking for a bit of Bollywood in Birmingham? Along Ladypool Road, look for the Balti Triangle district with its plethora of restaurants cooking Birmingham Balti. Invented by the local Pakistani/Kashmiri community, this secret combination of spices, meats or vegetables are cooked and served in Balti bowls to retain its tantalizing flavors.
Not only does Birmingham love food, also shopping too. The largest of the city’s six main shopping centers is Bullring with 160 stores. If you’re not the mall type, visit the markets and stalls along New and Corporation Street where you’ll find numerous boutiques and independent stores as well as the seasonal authentic Frankfurt Christmas Market.
Whether you visit Birmingham for culture, shopping, or eating, you’ll find Birmingham a city worth exploring.