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West Midlands-Famous for its Bull Ring
West Midlands County, which is not to be confused with the “region” of the same name, is situated in western central England. The main city in the county is Birmingham, which is also known as the second capital of England.
Birmingham and Wolverhampton have an industrial history that dates back to the 16th century, which saw the development of small metal-working industries.
There is evidence that settlements may have existed in Birmingham 10,400 years ago, following the discovery of artifacts in what is now the city centre.
Inhabitants of Birmingham are frequently referred to as “Brummies” who often have a distinctive accent, which was highlighted in a now defunct soap opera called “crossroads”.
Reasons to visit West Midlands
There are a number of places to visit in West Midlands such as Aston Hall (Jacobean-style mansion), which was completed in 1635, The Bull Ring shopping area, Cadbury World in Bournville (run by the Cadbury chocolate company), the ruins of Dudley Castle, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, International Convention Centre (ICC), Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Black Country Living Museum and Netherton Tunnel (part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations) which is 9,081 feet (2,768 m) long.
Entertainment and Dining in West Midlands
Most of the main entertainment can be found in Birmingham City, which has theatres and cinemas. The majority of the action takes place along “Broadway” which has a number of nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and a casino. There are quite a few casinos in Birmingham(at least two in the Edgbaston area).
There is no shortage of takeaways, cafes and snack bars, but there are some restaurants that offer more than fast food, such as Purnell’s (British), Cucina Rustica (Italian), Carters of Moseley and others.
Accommodation in West Midlands
There are many Guest Houses and B&Bs available, especially in the Edgbaston area, although some call themselves hotels! If you are looking for an inexpensive hotel in Edgbaston with great food and staff, you should try the Fountain Court Hotel on Hagley Road. Other hotels include the Crowne Plaza (city centre), Hyatt Regency and Hilton Birmingham Metropole.