Did you know that the.e.t hasn’t seen that much of England? And did you know that that is probably a shame! How could I have missed Birmingham for instance? The city’s one of Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choices for 2013. And since the year’s not over yet, I’ve got to book a ticket. Soon!

The geographical heart of England, Birmingham started life as a sixth- century Anglo-Saxon village. Today, much of this city of over a million dates back to post-WWII redevelopment in the 1950s and 60s. Cutting edge museums and galleries, innovative theaters and excellent shopping have contributed to Birmingham’s appeal as a weekend break destination.

One of the must-sees seems to be the brand new, 188.8 million pounds library. At 31,000 sq. metres it is the largest public library in Europe. And it looks spectacular! The Library of Birmingham is a flagship project of Birmingham City Council’s 20-year Big City Plan, focusing on the regeneration of the city and the most far-reaching city centre development project ever undertaken in the UK.

But there’s way more architecture and art! With world-class galleries, stimulating museums and a chocolate factory just for starters, can you pack it all in? My guess would be ‘no’. Anyway, if you get tired of all the sights in the city center, you can always take a short trip to nearby Warwick Castle. The castle promises an experience where ancient myths and spell-binding tales will set your imagination alight and your hair on end.

If this has got you all excited, I can advise you to book a hotel room immediately! Hope to see you there!

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the.ego.tripper loves family resorts, bingo, kids peeing in the pool, breakfast buffets, hotel animation, tourist traps and group day tours.

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