"Birmingham" Top 5 Page for this destination Birmingham by Galahad

Birmingham Travel Guide: 792 reviews and 1,330 photos

The 2nd largest city (after London) in the UK.
This is the city where I went to university in the middle 1970's.
See also the following VT sites -Stourport-on-Severn ( my home town for over 34 years), Malvern, Worcester, and Upton-on-Severn all to the west and south-west of Birmingham.

Quality place to be - particularly for shopping

May 2005 According to one of the leading commercial property consultancies Birmingham is now the UK's second largest retail centres by the amount the shoppers spend.

Forget London - Think Big and Go It Alone

After the disappointment of NOT being chosen to host the Nation's Millenium Dome and celebrations that went with that; of NOT being chosen for the National Football Stadium to replace Wembley; of NOT being chosen for the National Atheletics Stadium and now NOT being chosen for the European Capital of Culture 2008 there are suggestions to think big in the way that the 19th century Mayor, Joseph Chamberlain, did in the middle of that century. Then the City embarked on really huge Capital expenditure - building reservoirs in Wales and huge mains for 100 miles to the city and then throughout the city for running water for it's inhabitants; it provided electricity, gas and trams (these were later scrapped and but it is now planned for them to make a comeback into the streets of the city centre)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Brum is pouring money into making itself one of the smartest cities in Europe
  • Cons:Still an aweful lot of poverty and dereliction.
  • Last visit to Birmingham: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 22, 2009
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  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your tips on Birmingham - I've downloaded them to my travel guide, so plenty to see and do when I visit soon. Best Wishes, Sue

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2007 at 11:43 PM

    Happy Birthday, Don! I've just been having a look at the new tips and updates that you have added since my last visit to your Birmingham page, which turns out to have been on June 16, 2004.

  • jol1y's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 12:16 PM

    Coming down for weekend and will lookout for yor food tips, thanks. nec on sun

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 5:35 PM

    Lovely restaurant tips - thanks for sharing! Hudson's Coffee House sounds lovely - I'll remember that one for my next visit! Marion.

  • birchy99's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2005 at 5:13 PM

    Really great info on the rail and air transport systems. Very helpful for a not-too-frequent passenger from far away. Am always impressed with Britrail considering what we put up with in the states.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2005 at 8:53 PM

    Very good page full of great suggestions of places to visit, food to eat and shops to do shopping!

  • J_P_B's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2003 at 1:43 PM

    Fantastic pages - kind of puts me to shame. You provide a lot of historical and political background on stuff which sets you apart from most VTers - nice one!

  • marka13's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2003 at 3:49 PM

    You give all the info needed and cannot be found to other pages! Bravo!

  • jorgblaser's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2003 at 2:15 PM

    very nice page.... joerg

  • ABL1958's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2003 at 4:45 PM

    Mushy peas?? :) I really enjoyed the information you offered on this page. It's just the kind of info one would need for traveling here. Very well done!


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