Geographically this charming city is at the centre of England and it began life as a sixth-century village. Over the years it has changed a little! It is now home to a million people and positively burns with optimistic energy. Often thought of as England's "second city" it is full of museums, galleries and dazzling attractions. It is home to Birmingham's Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall and, oddly, the UK's first purpose built "digital water-world". For those that like a touch of history, Birmingham's Electric Cinema is a definite must-see. Opening its doors in 1909, it is Britain's oldest working cinema.
Famous "Brummy's" include Reggae group UB40, F1 driver Nigel Mansell and more professional footballers than you can shake a stick at.