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Guide To Birmingham: Information To Know

Guide To Birmingham: Information To Know


Guide To Birmingham: Information To Know

by Julian Gregory

Over the past few years, Birmingham in the UK has undergone significant change. It is increasingly regarded as a must visit shopping venue, is a popular tourist base, and is high on the list of partygoers destinations. There are many hotels and restaurants to enjoy, whilst major events take place through the year. This quick guide to Birmingham gives you some highlights

For those looking for a little luxury; The Hyatt and Malmaison hotels are well located in the heart of the entertainment district and offer a superb experience. Malmaison is somewhat of a local attraction too; with an excellent restaurant onsite. Other favorites include the Crowne Plaza and Hotel du Vin; both of whom have great bars attached.

Towards the budget end of the market, many popular chains are available. These are well covered in any guide to Birmingham, though visitors may prefer a stay in a guest house or independently run hotel which can be found locally.

Many a guide to Birmingham will extol how the quality of restaurants in the city has moved on over recent years. Michelin starred Purnell's enjoys its location just yards from Hotel Du Vin, whilst the city also boasts two more Michelin restaurants in Simpson's and Turner's just outside the city center.

There are high quality restaurants for any budget across the city however. Particular local favorites are The Living Room, next door to The Hyatt and the Gourmet Burger Kitchen; again in the Mailbox development. There are a host of Indian restaurants in the city too, most of which are excellent and maintains Birmingham's position as the Curry capital of the UK.

A major attraction for many visiting the area, (and well covered in any guide to Birmingham), are the retail centers of Mailbox and Bullring. The Bullring plays home to 160 stores and kiosks; including Selfridges and major department stores. Mailbox for its part hopes to attract big spenders in Harvey Nicholas, Boss, Emporio Armani and other leading fashion stores.

There are many fantastic independent stores too; most of which will not be mentioned in the popular versions of a guide to Birmingham. Examples to look out for include kitchen store LivStyl, close to House of Fraser, and Shared Earth near to the Town Hall.

No guide to Birmingham could be complete without mention of the National Indoor Arena, (NIA), which plays host to top acts from the world over. But there are many more venues to be considered; including the Dome, the Yardbird for all things jazz and the new O2 Academy.

Clubs and bars make up the regular night-life, most notably Gatecrasher which attracts DJs from across the world. Other hot spots to head for are Digbeth, the Gay Quarter and the Arcadian.

This is of course just as quick and easy reference guide to Birmingham. There is much more to the city and the surrounding area to take advantage of. From museums and art galleries, to seasonal markets and historic buildings, there will always be something to keep all entertained.

About the Author:
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