As the countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games continues, it’s time to highlight a star of the Games, the city of Birmingham.
Birmingham is a city beating at the heart of the English countryside with a confidence like no other.
Home to over a million people, the area is a hotbed of culture that’s rich and diverse and is filled with places to visit and activities to participate in.
It is so jam-packed with history and culture that you will not find yourself running out of things to do anytime soon.
The heart of the city’s culture lies within The Bull Ring, the largest city centre-based shopping centre in the United Kingdom.
The Bull Ring has been a prominent feature of the city landscape since the Middle Ages and has been renovated in recent years to include modern architecture as seen in the Selfridges building and the revamped Rotunda.
This foray into modern architecture also extends to the Library of Birmingham.
Conjuring up images of freshly wrapped Christmas presents, this gigantic structure is the largest public library in Europe and contains something for everyone, with a view from the top floor that has to be seen to be believed.
Another way to immerse yourself in the culture of the city is through a visit to Symphony Hall and experience an exceptional music display.
Symphony Hall is host to a wide variety of musical acts and is the official home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
It is credited as having the finest acoustics in the entire United Kingdom and the seventh-best in the world.
In fact, the acoustics are so good that you can literally hear a pin drop on stage from anywhere inside the hall.
For those who can’t get enough sport during the Games, Birmingham is also home to a storied sporting history that can be explored through the tours offered at Edgbaston cricket ground.
A stadium that has been in operation for over 100 years of history, will again make history in 2022 when the stadium serves as the venue for the debut of the women’s T20 cricket at the Commonwealth Games.
Watching elite athletes perform all day can work up a bit of an appetite.
When this occurs, Birmingham is here to take care of all your food needs, with an extensive range of restaurants spreading all over the city and also boasting five Michelin star restaurants.
If you are searching for a classic British meal, there is nowhere finer than Purnell’s Restaurant.
For those feeling like something a bit greasier, head on down to the Original Patty Men for one of their famous burgers.
And any time you are feeling a bit thirsty head into one of Birmingham’s three hundred pubs situated all over the city.
It’s safe to say that whatever mood your palate is in, Birmingham is here to satisfy.
If you are the sort of person to enjoy the finer things in life, the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham produces over 40% of all jewellery made in the United Kingdom.
Within this area, you can find expensive, luxurious jewellery but you can also treat yourself to items with a more artistic slant, such as the items sold in St Pauls Gallery.
No matter how lavish your tastes, there will be something found within Jewellery Quarter that is to your liking.
With a rich tapestry of history and culture weaving across the city, Birmingham will leave you with no shortage of places to go or things to see.
In between events at the Commonwealth Games, make sure you immerse yourself in everything the city has to offer, and you will leave with lifelong memories.
The Family & Fans Tour ensures Australian families and fans can sit and cheer together, stay together and play together at the Birmingham Games.
Tour packages are available for all sports; however, numbers are limited.
Bookings are now open, learn more about the Family & Fans Tour below.
BIRMINGHAM 2022 FAMILY & FANS TOUR
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is coming – and you could be there to witness history in the making.LEARN MORE
With thanks Visit Birmingham.