Birmingham is one of the UK's few true metropolises, and as such, there is never a dull moment in this thriving, vibrant and pulsing centre of culture, activity, culinary delights and more. To visit Birmingham is to see urban England at its finest, with the mixed community producing wonderful art, food, events and all sorts of fantastic things that can be enjoyed by anyone, at any time. The city can be seen in many different ways, and there are constant tours around the highlights of Birmingham by all sorts of methods. The tour bus is highly recommended, as it will stop at all the major attractions, and give you a detailed look at the city with an informed and professional guide pointing out all the best bits Birmingham has to offer. You can also take a tour by boat, which is a delightful way to spend the day. By cruising up and down the city's waterways, you'll get a real feel for Birmingham as not just a modern metropolis, but also as the important centre for industry it was built upon, and the beautiful period buildings you'll see best from the canals are worth the trip in itself.
For the culturally inclined, Birmingham has a fantastic collection of art housed in some of the country's best and most impressive galleries. Indeed, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is famed throughout the country for its wonderful and complete collection of Pre-Raphaelite artworks, as well as collections of silverware and pottery from the midlands, and elsewhere in the world. It doesn't end there, either, with places like the Barber Institute of Fine Arts showing some of the best works of masters such as Rubens, Monet, Degas and Magritte amongst others.
Birmingham is also a bit of a haven for shopaholics, with the iconic bullring shopping centre being the hub of the city's retail arena. Here you'll find a brilliant mix of independent and high street stores selling everything your heart could desire in cool, contemporary settings. There's also high class retailers such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges to be found there, meaning you'll be spoilt for choice no matter what you're looking. Birmingham shopping isn't just about fashion though, and it is difficult not to be seduced by the spice markets and fresh food stalls in and around the Balti Triangle and elsewhere. Delicious!
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