A well-known city in the West Midlands Birmingham has long been acclaimed as an excellent destination for retail, but also hosts a variety of great cultural attractions. The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the main art gallery and museum in Birmingham, with excellent exhibitions and displays including work from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as well as the world's largest collection of works by Edward Burne-Jones.
Other museums located in the city include Aston Hall
, Blakesley Hall and Sarehole Mill, a site that inspired work from the great J.R.R. Tolkien. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, also located within the city centre, houses one of the world’s largest coin collections and doubles-up as a fabulous concert hall.
Also nearby you can experience Cadbury World, a museum showing visitors the steps in the production of chocolate and the history of the popular brand.
Gas Street Basin
The canal network here covers over 2,000miles. From here you can take a canal cruise or walk along the towpaths. (0121 303 2040)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Look for the clock tower landmark to find this Museum. The art work focuses on 18th century English watercolours as well as some pre Raphaelite work. The museum section highlights Egyptian history and much more with over 400,000 artefacts. Located in Chamberlain Square. (0121 303 2834)
National Sealife Centre
This is the largest inland aquarium in England. It is very modern and a real highlight is the sea horse breeding centre, where you may see a daddy giving birth to hundreds of baby seahorses. (0121 633 4700)
Birmingham is a shopping paradise and if you are fond of glittering things you will be in heaven. With over 100 jewellers and showrooms in this complex , there is even a Jewellery Museum here. Located in Vyse Street. (0121 554 3598)
Thinktbank at Millennium Point
There is technology galore in this science museum, with ten different themed galleries spread over four floors. It is just as fun for adults as it is for kids and there is also an IMAX theatre here. Located in Curzon Street. (0121 202 2222)