The Millennium guide to Birmingham
If Birmingham's six million trees and abundance of gloriously green parks don't pull you in, you'd be hard pushed to say no to its vast cultural offering. Whether you're into music, art, history or shopping, there's bound to be something to excite you. In fact, with so much on offer we wanted to compile a useful guide just for you. It'll be available for download soon, so watch this space.
Birmingham: Brimming with possibilities
Home to over one million people, this sprawling city is no place to shy away from a crowd. And why would you need to? We know first-hand from our very own Copthorne Hotel Birmingham that they're some of the friendliest people around. Of course it's not just locals that fill the streets. The city embodies the best of art, culture, food and entertainment, attracting people from all over the world. The real questions is, what will you do when you stay in Birmingham?
For shopping, head to the Bullring. The iconic site has been the city's historic market centre since 1166. It boasts one of only four Selfridges department stores and has more designer shops than you can shake a stick at.
If shopping isn't going to satisfy your cultural craving, you could visit one of Birmingham's many art galleries and museums. A good starter for ten is the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which is home to the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world. For something of a more musical note visit the majestic Town and Symphony Halls. The two beautiful venues attract some huge names in music and performance. And then there is the Library of Birmingham, shortlisted for the Riba Stirling Prize 2014. A magnificent amalgamation of futuristic architecture and literature, its façade is incredibly impressive. On top of all this is something that will surely appeal to the sweet toothed amongst us: the spectacular Cadbury World. Need we say more?
Birmingham is the capital of diversity. It offers something for everyone; a city that keeps on giving. With fascinating heritage sites such as the wonderful Jacobean Aston Hall, it is testament to both the historic and the modern. Best of all, it's the city that never sleeps. Unique clubs, bars and restaurants light up at night to create an atmosphere that is well and truly alive.
Tempted? Don't forget to check back for our guide to make sure you get the very best of Birmingham.