England’s second city and only an hour and 25 minutes away from London, there’s much more to Birmingham that meets the eye.

Did you know that Birmingham has more canals than Venice? Or that it has more trees than Paris? And is the most culturally mixed city in the UK. It was also won the accolade of Britain’s cleanest city in March 2017.

If you’re a Shopaholic, you’ll be totally satisfied by the famous and gleaming Bullring complex, but there’s also Birmingham’s historic markets and world-renowned Jewellery Quarter. For those Chocoholics amongst us, (take a deep breath!) – none other than Cadbury world is on your doorstep. Just imagine a liquid pot of chocolate with your choice of sweet treat added for lunch! The village of Bourneville is not too far away either…

Staying on the food theme, ‘Brum’ has a real mix of stylish places to eat. World cuisine, street dining and farmer’s markets. Birmingham is the birthplace of the balti - a type of curry served in a metal bowl, and within the Balti Triangle in the city, there are more than 100 Asian restaurants.

There’s also a vibrant mix of bars and pubs, from pre-clubbing hot spots to student nights and cocktails galore. Broad Street is well known for being the centre of the nightlife action, but it’s also happening in Southside, the Jewellery Quarter, Summerrow and Digbeth, which is fast becoming one of the coolest clubbing areas.

Birmingham Pride has been running in the city for 17 years now and is the UK’s biggest two-day gay festival.

And Birmingham is a hotbed for music styles. It the birthplace of heavy metal, with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest hailing from the city. Duran Duran, UB40, Ocean Colour Scene, and The Streets are also locals. And you can’t be in Birmingham without experiencing and enjoying Bhangra. Its energetic style is an important part of mainstream music the city is the hub of the UK Bhangra scene.