Recently voted as the UK’s best city, Birmingham has now been the recipient of yet another prestigious accolade as the UK city with the highest quality of living by the Mercer Quality of Living Report 2014. Ranking a rather impressive 51st place amongst popular international cities such as Los Angeles and Rome, Birmingham held its own and and now has a further string to add to its bow.
With such a multicultural diverse population steeped in history, it is clear to see why Birmingham is such a thriving city. Even though the country has experienced one of the worst recessions in history, this city based in the heart of the country has drawn in millions of visitors and enjoyed a much needed boost in tourism and sales that has helped the city’s economy, and indeed the UK, get back on track.
One of the city’s biggest assets are the multitude of first class attractions on its doorstep. Tourism is incredibly important to the city, and a major part in the successful rebuild of the Midlands economy over the past few years.
Last year, Birmingham welcomed international visitors from across the world to experience the National Sea Life Centre, West Midlands Safari Park and the recently refurbished Library to name but a few. One of the biggest attractions about this hardworking city is that despite its industrial history, it is in fact an area of outstanding natural beauty, with an incredible 8,000 acres of exquisite parks and green land. Boasting more trees than Paris and more miles of canal than Venice, Birmingham provides the perfect spot for anyone considering a city break this summer.
There is so much to see and do here, you will simply be spoilt for choice. Our pick of the bunch has to be a visit to the iconic Bull Ring shopping centre to indulge in some retail therapy, or chocolate lovers must head to the infamous Cadbury’s chocolate factory at Bournville where they can see their favourite treats being made in person. On a sunny day there is nothing quite like a gentle stroll through the streets of Birmingham, taking in the stunning Victorian architecture and marvelling at one of Europe’s largest stone fountains, The River. Couples seeking a secluded spot for or an exquisite dining experience at one of the marvellous Michelin starred restaurants in the city.
Of course, like any bustling city, never is Birmingham more alive than at night, so why not make a weekend of your city visit and take a trip to the Birmingham Hippodrome? As the UK’s busiest theatre, topping even London’s West End, you will be in for a theatrical treat at a Hippodrome performance.
Why not join those in the know by making your summer city break a trip to Birmingham this year.