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Birmingham is Great Britain's second largest city and the conference capital of the country.

A thriving place, it boasts the second largest financial and services sector in the country, it is also a manufacturing centre: accounting for 25% of Britain's exports.

It's shopping, nightlife, culture, arts and other attractions are all world class. Nearby are some of Britain's most popular touristic attractions, including Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, the Cotswold Hills and Winston Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace.

Curious facts about Birmingham:

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, spent his childhood in Sarehole, Birmingham. The tiny village of Sarehole is said to have been the model for The Shire, home of Bilbo in the book, The Hobbit.
  2. Bingley Hall, the world's first exhibition hall, opened in 1850 on the site now occupied by the ICC.
  3. Edgbaston Archery Tennis Club is the oldest established club in the world. In fact, lawn tennis was invented and first played in Birmingham.
  4. The other big cities are green with envy when you mention Birmingham's six million trees, more parks than any other European city, a record- breaking 14 consecutive gold medals from the Chelsea Flower Show and its National Britain in Bloom Awards.
  5. Birmingham's new central library (which opened in September 2013) is the city's busiest building, Europe's largest public library and lends eight million books each year.

For more curious facts about Birmingham visit the: Birmingham City Council website

We advise you bring an extra suitcase! The shopping in Birmingham is outstanding. In fact, after London's Oxford Street, Birmingham is the most visited shopping destination in Great Britain. The range of shops is extremely wide, from the designer stores of Armani, Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss and DKNY in The Mailbox, to Selfridges (left) and Debenhams in the Bullring -- a huge shopping centre which attracts 36 million shoppers each year.

In between, you can enjoy Broadway Plaza, the Jewellery Quarter, the bustling Markets - which date back to the Middle Ages - and the thriving shopping areas of New Street and Corporation Street.

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