Birmingham, the Midlands metropolis and second largest city in Britain with the largest population and GDP outside London, looks to remain the second most economically powerful city in the UK until 2025, according to experts.
Whether you are going to the West Midlands for a business trip or a city break, you will find plenty to entertain you in and around the city. If you like getting out in the fresh air and exercising, there are plenty of parks and green spaces in which you can enjoy a stroll and take in the beautiful gardens, have a picnic, or just sit and watch the wildlife on Birmingham’s many lakes and reservoirs. Martineau Gardens is a community garden with two and a half acres of landscaped orchards and vegetable plots, a wildlife meadow, a children’s play area, a café, and lots to entertain you.
If you want to be educated, Birmingham has lots of museums and art galleries. These include the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, which is the first of its kind in the UK and one of only a few in the world. It houses machines and devices that children will love exploring, with a human hamster wheel, a mechanical theatre and a square-wheeled wagon amongst its exhibits.
Birmingham contains Europe’s largest concentration of jewellery businesses, which produce 40 per cent of all jewellery manufactured in the UK. It has become a tourist attraction in its own right and attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world.
There are lots of historic churches and cathedrals in the city, with stunning stained-glass windows and medieval architecture for you to explore.
You will never be stuck for accommodation, with lots of hotels, B&Bs and Birmingham city centre serviced apartments that are well positioned for easy access to all the city has to offer.
Birmingham city recently completed a £189m library in Centenary Square, which is well worth a visit. At 31,000 square metres, it is the largest library in Europe and has ten levels. It houses world-class collections of books and archives, a repertory theatre seating 300 people, and is easily accessible from city centre serviced apartments in Birmingham.
Whatever your taste for entertainment, Birmingham City has it all. What’s not to like?