Birmingham, like many of the Midlands’ industrial cities, was founded on its canals, which have been restored in many parts of the city. Today, Birmingham has a reputation for having more miles of canals than Venice. The canals are popular among kayakers and boaters, while also providing “green corridors” through the heart of the city. They are perfect for lazy afternoon strolls or cycle rides.
If you’re a film buff, make sure to visit the Electric Cinema in Station Street, which is the oldest cinema in the UK. Here, film-lovers can watch some of the latest arthouse cinema in Art Deco surroundings. Relax in ultimate comfort, thanks to the cinema’s waiter service, comfortable sofas and sophisticated ambience.
One of the UK’s largest exhibition spaces, the National Exhibition Centre, is close to the Birmingham city centre. It hosts everything from high-tech shows to motoring events, all year round. The neighbouring NEC Arena is home to countless sporting events.
No matter when you travel to Birmingham, you will find plenty of entertainment on offer, from numerous live music concerts to world-class theatres and sports tournaments. For cricket fans, the Edgbaston Cricket Club, a venue of international importance for test matches and one-day events, is a must-see.