The industrial heartland of the Midlands has a number of interesting visitor attractions. The major city, Birmingham, has regenerated in recent years and is now a major shopping centre thanks to the modernized Bull Ring Centre. Birmingham has more canals than Venice and the areas around the International Convention Centre and Broad Street have some excellent bars and restaurants.
With the multicultural focus that Birmingham has one of the best places to visit and taste South Asian cuisine is in the Balti Triangle in Sparkbrook. With a true Pakistani flavour the Balti is a special curry found in this area and comes highly recommended. Birmingham is a major conference centre and home to the National Exhibition Centre and the National Indoor Arena.
It is also known for its famous Jewellery Quarter and for the landmarks which inspired Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings. Nearby Solihull is an excellent place for shopping and has many small villages in the surrounding areas.
For the real character of the West Midlands the Black Country is a welcoming and gritty place, named for the black colour of the mining and industry dust in previous years. Visit the Black Country Museum for an insight into life in this area at the turn of the century. The West Midlands is known for its football clubs at Aston Villa, Wolverhampton and Birmingham City.
Warwickshire Cricket Club is located in Birmingham, and the Botanical Gardens are a pleasure to walk in on a summer day. This is the industrial hub of England but there are a number of green and pleasant areas to explore such as Lickey Hills and Sutton Park. This is a city that has really embraced multiculturalism which is evident in the business sector and in the taste of this area.