Birmingham is the largest city in England outside of London. Located in the West Midlands area of England, the history of the city started as a market town dating back to the medieval period. Today, Birmingham is seen as a “beta” world city and is a major international commercial center. It is a retail hub and home to many large conferences and events.
The Biggest Shows and the Best Shopping
Many of these events are staged at the impressive LG Arena and the National Exhibition Center (better known as NEC), two large indoor arenas that host many events throughout the year. If you're looking for a short shopping trip, then Birmingham has it all. Top of the list is the Bullring Shopping Center, home to one of only four Selfridges and one of the busiest shopping centers in the UK.
For the History Buffs
If you're a fan of history and indeed the medieval times, a trip to the nearby town Warwick, and the fantastic Warwick Castle, is a must-do. This is an experience for all the family and one you'll remember for a long time to come. Birmingham is home to many boutique shops, galleries and exhibition centers, giving you lots to see and do when you visit the city. For the chocolate lovers among you, be sure to check out Cadbury's World of Chocolate.