Birmingham, so long an undervalued city, is enjoying a revival in popularity. A record 33 million people visited in 2012, and even New York Magazine has been caught up in the Birmingham buzz, urging readers to visit Birmingham over the eternally fashionable London. With a large, culturally diverse, and youthful population - nearly 40% of the million strong residents are under 25 - the city's vibrant and creative energy has fused with the array of art galleries, restaurants, music venues and museums to transform Birmingham into one of the UK's top destinations.
Birmingham holidays aren't dependent on the weather, which is mild year round and so there really isn't a bad time to visit. However, December is marked by many festive events and a popular market, making Christmas a particularly great time to visit. The city can be reached by train or coach from all quarters of the UK, and is easily accessible by car - though drivers should be warned that traffic around the city can be heavy at peak times. Whilst in the city, visitors can walk or use the easily navigable public transport to get around.
Start with shopping in one of the many shopping centres or on the pedestrianised high-street, which has both trendy independent and well-known stores, before visiting a world class museum. For art lovers try the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, it has a collection of European art spanning many centuries and will not disappoint. For food, there is only one option; curry! Birmingham is the curry capital of the UK, and no trip is complete without a visit to the famous Balti Triangle, a lively area home to over 50 restaurants! For entertainment, consider one of the city's music venues; depending on your taste, try the O2 academy for current bands, or the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for some outstanding classic music.
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