Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 19, 2022

Beautiful Birmingham


England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south.

Birmingham is a major city in the West Midlands region, with multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse. It’s also home to a network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars.

The heart of Birmingham revolves around the pedestrian-friendly Victoria Square, an area that can be explored via the Birmingham City Centre Path.

The impressive Old Town Hall was built in 1832 and a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. It resembles a Roman temple, featuring 40 ornate Corinthian columns made of Anglesey marble.

The impressive Symphony Hall is known for its class acoustics and stunning auditorium. The very first performance hosted here was Elijah by Mendelssohn in 1847. It is home to the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Adorning the forecourt are two memorials, one to Queen Victoria

and another to inventor James Watt.

The Renaissance-style Council House, with its famous “Big Brum” clock (a slang phrase for Birmingham), is close by.

Other old-city sites to visit include pedestrian-only Chamberlain Square

and the Central Library. The library is home to the largest Shakespeare collection with 50,000 volumes in 90 languages found outside the United States.

Northeast of the city center is the Coffin Museum. This fascinating attraction showcases the history and traditions of coffin making and funerals and is well worth taking a look at and guided tours are available.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which opened in 1885, is considered one of the finest such museums outside London. Its art treasures include a collection of works by Pre-Raphaelite painters, as well as artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries and sculptures by Rodin and James Tower.

There are also interesting displays related to the city’s history, including archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age. You’ll enjoy the impressive Pinto Collection, with its 6,000-plus toys and other items made of wood. A gift shop is located on-site, and if you’re interested in a great high tea experience, the Edwardian Tearoom is worth a visit.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are located in the suburbs of Edgbaston. These 19th-century gardens have Victorian-era glasshouses and other period park features.
They are well known for their collection of bonsai trees, including one that’s over 250 years old. In addition to the more than 7,000 plants from across the globe, you’ll also enjoy seeing a variety of wildlife, including rare tropical birds and a butterfly house. Other on-site amenities include a gift shop, a tearoom, plus playgrounds for the kids.

The National SEA LIFE Centre is home to impressive 60-plus exhibits related to marine life. One of the highlights is the aquarium’s massive million-litre ocean tank, with its unique underwater tunnel, which allows visitors an uninterrupted view of the diverse sea life on display, including everything from reef sharks to giant turtles.

The aquarium is home to about 2,000 sea creatures among them rare seahorses, giant octopi, lobsters, crabs, and stingrays. The attraction’s big stars, though, are its playful otters and its penguins.

Housed in the Penguin Ice Adventure habitat, the penguins are fun to watch as they play. A 4-D cinema is also on-site and offers regular educational programming.

The Jewellery Quarter is an area of Birmingham that is steeped in tradition. Here, more than 200 jewellers’ workshops and silversmiths produce 40 % of Britain’s jewellery, chiefly in the vicinity of the Clock Tower on the corner of Vyse and Frederick Streets and around the Georgian church of St. Paul’s.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter offers an insider’s look at the trade in the fascinating Smith & Pepper Factory.

The nearby Hall of Memory opposite Baskerville House, erected in 1925 commemorates the 14,000 city men who lost their lives in WWI

and St. Paul’s Square with its attractive church.

Visit the Pen Museum in the Jewellery Quarter’s old pen factory. The museum highlights the city’s pen making history and the history of writing instruments. You can have the opportunity to make your own steel nib using the same machinery and techniques used in the 19th century. Visitors can see the reproduction Victorian schoolroom, where they can practice their penmanship with traditional quills.

St. Philip’s Cathedral is the third smallest cathedral in England and was built in 1715. It was destroyed during a bombing raid in 1940 and rebuilt in 1946. The church is known for its stained-glass windows by Burne-Jones.

Lovely St. Martin’s Church dates from the 13th century and also featured stained glass windows by Burne-Jones.

Birmingham Back to Backs attraction is a collection of small back-to-back houses that were built around a central courtyard. These houses who the difficult lives of the working class. Among the highlights are a traditional 1930s sweet shop, along with a souvenir shop. You can participate in one of the workshops. Two cottages are available for an overnight stay. Admission is by guided tour only.

The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is a fun attraction located on the edge of Cannon Hill Park. This is a small zoo that is home to different animals among them red pandas, lemurs, and meerkats.

The zoo is also important for its research and breeding programs. Children can enjoy a hands-on experience with the gentler species.

Cadbury World is one of the largest and among most popular attractions located in Bournville just a short drive from Birmingham. Here you can learn about the history of chocolate and its manufacturing process. There are themed interactive exhibits. Cadbury is one of the world’s largest confectioneries. Visitors can enjoy the theme-park-like attractions. One of the highlights is the Bull Street attractions with replica shops from the 1820s. Visitors can also make their own confectionary and shop in the world’s largest Cadbury sweet shop. Bourneville was built by the Cadbury family for its large workforce.

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  1. Beautiful indeed! 😄

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the tour, When it comes to England I like to let people know that there is so much more to see than just the wonders of London,

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