If you are looking for a city that is bustling but with a twist of the middle England that everyone knows and love then this is a location that you should truly visit. The city of Birmingham is only an hour and a half journey if you book the fast train from London and just under 2 hours if you choose the slower option. The trains run from Euston and journey through some of Britains beautiful green countryside.
The city of Birmingham is unique in its way due to the mix of modern and old architecture and it is what makes the city stand out amongst others. You are welcomed by a train station / shopping area that when you walk out of it looks like you have journeyed to the space age with its silver and metal curvature it surely is something not to be missed.
The main shopping centre in the whole of the centre is called the Bullering and once you meet the middle of the centre where you exit into the outside area of the town you are welcomed with a really unusual architectural piece which is curved at all angles and covered with lots of metal circles and a hint of green light – this is the home of the shop Selfridges and really is a centre piece of the whole area and is not a building that you will forget easily as its so unique.
The city centre is bustling with every shop that you can imagine, both high end and the lower end of style and quality and it even has a mini Ikea too – yes really! If you looking for something a bit more unique then shop bought then there is a massive market area where you can buy groceries, material, meat, fish and so much more and will give you a different shopping experience then the standard chains.
There is also an area just outside of town called The Jewelry Quarter which is the home to everything shiny and precious. It is famous for its diamond shops and its museum has been voted one of the top attractions in the UK.
If you are not in Birmingham to just do shopping then you should take a look and interest into the architecture that surrounds the city as there is a beautiful mix of old and new. The old buildings near the town hall have a hint of Edinburgh feel to them and are beautiful in the way that they are detailed and carved and intertwined with some unique sculptures of women and sphinxes.
If you looking for some of the modern buildings that stand out then the library is one of the buildings you really need to keep an eye out for and visit. It stands out as it is bright yellow and has a really unusual square based shape and if you are looking to go up high and look at the view then you can visit the library to use their viewing balconies to do this. At night the building is lit up in thousands of coloured lights – one night its green and another night it could be blue!
Right near the library and on the way to The Mailboxes, there is a beautiful hidden gem of Birmingham and that is the many canals that are hidden away with loads of canal oats on them and is a place that is highly reccomended that you go and visit. You can pay to go on boat trips or you can walk around the area looking at all the old fashioned buildings that lie along the riverway.