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Birmingham is the second biggest city in Great Britain, located in the region of West-Midlands. It attracts around one million tourists per year with its variety of restaurants, parks, cultural spots and other interesting places. Although the bigger part of the city was destroyed during World War II, Birmingham has been renovated since then and it has lots to offer to its visitors. Interesting fact is that Birmingham has about 600 green parks today, which is more than any other major city in Europe. Birmingham Nature Centre, Sutton Park and Birmingham Botanical Gardens are all fantastic places for relaxation of body and mind. Birmingham also attracts sports enthusiasts from all over the world, and is the birthplace of the Football League. Today the city is a home of two very old and popular football teams – Aston Villa and Birmingham City.
Regarding the climate, Birmingham has a moderate maritime climate. Average temperatures in July and August are around 21 C; while January is the coldest and also the wettest month of the year with average temperature of 6 C. Spring months are usually pleasant with occasional rain showers.
Birmingham`s city center is ideal for walking and many of the attractions can be reached on foot. Birmingham expanded a lot at the times of Industrial Revolution and there are a very few buildings left from the earlier history. You can notice some traces from medieval times in the oldest cathedrals and churches. The city also has a large network of canals and great walkways for exploring the city.
Birmingham offers good nightlife for its visitors, with Broad Street and Brindleyplace being the main sports for nighttime fun. These are not the only places where you can find great selection of pubs and restaurants in Birmingham, as there are many other nice neighborhoods and areas where you can taste good food and enjoy drinks. Interesting place to visit is The Arcadian, which is an open shopping arcade in the center of Birmingham. Here you will find many restaurants and markets, as well as lots of bars.
There are a few art galleries and museums in Birmingham that are well worth seeing. Aston Hall is a good place to go where you can see the reconstructed Jacobean mansion dating from few centuries ago. For the music fans, close to Aston Hall is the private house of the musician Ozzy Osbourne. You cannot enter inside, but it is a very attractive spot for taking pictures. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the Soho House are all worth seeing, containing very interesting things.
A great thing to see both for children and adults is the Cadbury World. This chocolate factory is really big and is located south of the Birmingham`s center. It is open from early morning until late afternoon. There you can learn about the process of chocolate making and the history of the company. You can also sample some free chocolates and buy some from the large store inside.
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