The Barton Arms, High Street, Newtown, Birmingham
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Birmingham, located in the west midlands region, is considered to be the second largest city in Britain. Being conveniently located in the heart of England, it is starting to become a thriving metropolis where a diversity of cultures mix. And though it retains its image of a city built by industry, it has somehow managed to reinvent itself to become a vibrant city where you can find newly built establishments that can cater to even the most discerning of tourists.
Birmingham has a couple of old buildings, namely the council house and the town hall that represent the historical and architectural achievements of the city. For those who have an interest in the arts, the Aston hall, the Barber institute of fine arts and the Birmingham museum and art gallery should be included in your itinerary. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to treat yourself to a delicious and exciting tour, as Birmingham is also home to Cadbury world, the largest factory of Cadbury chocolates in the area.

Though most of the city’s activities and attractions are open all year round, the best time to visit Birmingham would be around the spring and summer seasons, when flowers are blooming and the weather is mild. To get a feel of nature within the city, you should definitely head out to the large botanical gardens that are located at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses. You can also visit the Sutton Park and the national sea life center to catch a glimpse of the natural flora and fauna that the land and seas have to offer you. For a relaxing afternoon stroll, the Woodgate Valley Country Park provides a picturesque view.

If you’re looking for shopping experiences, you’ll be happy to know that Birmingham has one of the most interesting shopping arcades in this area of the United Kingdom. The Bull Ring complex houses more than 140 stores and kiosks, including a branch of the infamous Selfridges department store chain. High-end jewelry can be bought just a stone’s throw away from the city center in a place aptly called the jewellery quarter. If you want to find the best deals on one of a kind jewelry pieces then a visit to the jewelry workshops is a must.

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