5 good reasons to go
To see / do
Culture and history
The industrial revolution museum
Birmingham was a major hub during the industrial revolution and is today home to the Black Country Living Museum. This open-air museum features a reconstruction of a whole village for you to admire. You can take a look at everything: the mine, school, fairground and shops. People in costumes and olden-time vehicles bring life to the village. Welcome to the industrial era!
A tasty trip to Birmingham
Cadbury World is probably one of the most spectacular sites dedicated to chocolate. Cadbury is the ultimate British chocolate. Let yourself be transported through different worlds: 4D cinema, manufacturing history, advertising, workshops, Cadabra walk and more. You can enjoy some of its chocolate for breakfast or as a snack.
BMAG, the art museum
Do not miss out on a cultural stop at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This large monument boasts impressive collections of paintings, jewellery and archaeological finds. In fact, the museum holds one of the world's major collections of pre-Raphaelite works .
The Queen’s Arms Pub
Within the Jewellery Quarter you can find a pub that looks like it has come from past times: The Queen’s Arms Pub. This establishment was built in 1870 and is a favourite for locals and tourists, with its incredible façade, welcoming staff, relaxed atmosphere and endless beers. The food is also delicious, especially the sausages.
Night out on Broad Street
You can party anywhere in Birmingham. Yet the most well-known street for a memorable and quirky night out is Broad Street. There are countless bars and clubs all along the street. With your plane ticket to Birmingham in hand, you will experience surprise after surprise until the break of dawn. Unexpected places, such as a church, were renovated into night life hotspots.
The balti, a taste of Asia
The balti first appeared in the city around 1970, and soon became the speciality of Birmingham. This delicious curry is eaten from a steel bowl - which is said to have given the dish its name. To find the best balti in Birmingham, head to the Balti Triangle (Ladypool Road, Stoney Lane and Stratford Road) where balti houses have sprung up everywhere.
The all-famous pork pies
This meat pie is a culinary speciality throughout England. The West Midlands are no exception, with their famouspork pies. The pie crust is filled with minced pork and jelly. Once cooked, it is left to cool. Unlike most pies, this one is eaten cold.
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