The city of Birmingham has just over one million inhabitants and it is only 180 kilometres from Heathrow Airport in London, which is well connected and if you have enough time and resources, it is possible to travel to both cities without difficulty. At Birmingham Airport you will find cheap car hire.
In Birmingham the weather is the typical English, frequent drizzle, combined with mild temperatures around 22 degrees in summer, excellent for people who enjoy sightseeing without heat. In winter it is usually the same wearther as in London.
Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and, although it has no reputation as a tourist centre, its great historical legacy and the thousands of activities it offers to visitors are surprising.
Lickey Hills is a chain of hills located 17 miles southwest of Birmingham. These hills formed part of the extensive hunting grounds until 1888. After that year, various groups began to buy and donate the land to the city of Birmingham. Shortly thereafter they became public lands and became a popular picnic spot. The hills are formed by two mountain ranges. Lickey Ridge is the lowest mountain range and has three quartzite peaks: Rednal Hills, Bilberry Hill and Cofton Hill. All offer privileged views of the landscape surrounding the area.
The Royal Ballet of Birmingham exhibits, at the Hippodrome complex, some of the best performances in the UK. Established in 1990, the Company mixes traditional interpretations with experimental works and it performs frequent tours praised by international critics. Other places to visit in Birmingham are the Botanical Garden and Greenhouses, spread over more than 6 hectares. It is a quiet place where you can enjoy everything that nature offers you while learning the value of plants.
Nearby you can visit the Think Tank, a museum with more than 200 interactive science and technology exhibitions including a Digital Planetarium and a huge Cinema Screen. Upon leaving the museum you can head to the Jewelery Quarter which literally is the crown jewel of Birmingham. The neighborhood has more than 200 protected buildings that have been proposed as Cultural Heritage of humanity. It is very easy to buy jewelry in this neighborhood with more than 100 retailers specialized in the sale of jewelry. You can also enjoy a wealth of restaurants, bars and galleries.
Another thing to do in Birmingham is a cruise on one of the various canals that surround the city. Through the canals you can really know the main attractions of Birmingham without waiting for traffic lights. In Birmingham you will also find the gardens and the house Winterbourne. It was built in 1903 and houses one of the most important botanical collections in England. Strolling along its 7,000 square metres of land is quite an experience.