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Birmingham, the second largest city in Britain, served as inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien to write the celebrated work of fantasy fiction "The Lord of the Rings". The city is renowned for its dining scene that will satisfy the most demanding palates and, thanks to the many attractions, tourists are sure to keep busy. With world-class shopping centres all fashionistas will leave the city with a smile, and when the night falls there is an exciting nightlife to discover.

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Jewellery Quarter
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Dating back over 250 years, Jewellery Quarter is a conservation area with over 200 listed buildings and today one of Birmingham´s most vibrant locations with an amazing community spirit. This is also the home for more than 500 jewellery businesses, the beating heart of England's jewellery industry, making it a great place to buy some gifts and souvenirs. When here, you should also visit the award-winning museum on Vyse Street, called Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Birmingham Town Hall
Victoria Square, Birmingham

Designed by Joseph Hansom and inaugurated in 1832, Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert hall located in Victoria Square. Today, it is a cultural hub together with its sister venue Symphony Hall, where to enjoy a diverse programme with classical concerts, jazz, dance, comedy rock, pop, folk and more. If you want to learn more about Birmingham’s most iconic historic building, then take the Town Hall tour and get an insight over the backstage areas.

4 Brindley Place, Birmingham

Located within the cosmopolitan area at Brindleyplace, Bank is a chic and elegant restaurant and bar with classical and seasonal cooking. This brasserie has lively atmosphere with a spacious yet intimate dining area and with an open kitchen, you will able to watch the chef in action. Come here for amazing steaks or just enjoy a delicious cocktail at the bar.

245 Broad St, City Centre, Birmingham

For authentic and fresh Indian food, head over to restaurant Pushkar where the award winning head chef Bishal Rasaily has created an eclectic menu with a mix of contemporary, traditional and original ideas. The food is prepared with quality and natural produce to get clean and refined flavours; this is Indian fine dining at its best.

Bullring & Grand Central
Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham

In Birmingham, much of the shopping is concentrated in the Bullring mega-complex. This is where you will find the traditional chains such as Karen Millen, Monsoon, Miss Sixty and HMV. The exception is Apple’s elegant computer shop, full of iPod accessories. The most interesting part, both the inside and the outside, is the highly self-assured Selfridges department store. If you are used to the London store, you should prepare yourself for a somewhat more focused, but still exciting range of goods.

Bullring Rag Market
Edgbaston Street, Birmingham

Home to 350 stalls, and 17 perimeter shops, at The Rag you can find both bargains and sin, especially early in the morning. Vintage clothes, magazines, goods and gadgets. With its 50 years of history, The Rag is still a must in Birmingham.

Birmingham International Airport
Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is situated 13 kilometres east of Birmingham, only 10 minutes from the city centre. The adjacent train station is reached via a short trip on the free 'Air-Rail Link' monorail system and between 00:30 and 02:00 there is a courtesy bus running to the station. Trains then depart for Birmingham; there are 7 services per hour from Birmingham Airport. However, they run less frequently in the evenings and at the weekends, (no trains at nights). Tickets can be purchased at the station for the 10 minute long journey to New Street Station. Bus 97A (a 24/7 service) connects Birmingham City Centre to Birmingham Airport. Tickets can be bought on the bus service. Licensed taxis operate 24-hour, and located directly outside the arrivals area of the terminal building. You can book your taxi ride in advance by email or phone (email ctmukltd2016@gmail.com +44 (0) 7376 859 569).

Public Transport

In Birmingham, public transport consists of an extensive bus network and the inner suburbs are linked by local trains and trams. There are several different types of travel passes from which to choose, including a one-day rover pass. You can also pay your bus ticket when boarding the bus, but remember that you need to give the exact change. There are official bus stops scattered around Birmingham when wishing to board on a bus so hailing will not be necessary. For online timetables and fare information, check Network West Midlands website (www.networkwestmidlands.com/ways-to-travel/bus)

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