By Jessica Howell
Birmingham
United Kingdom
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The second most populous city in the United Kingdom, Birmingham offers tourists the best of what the UK has to offer, but with a different flare and slightly smaller price tag.  Home to world class entertainment venues, Birmingham is a culture rich city sure to impress the most seasoned traveler.  With classic “olde” English hamlets within an hour’s reach, visitors can also enjoy the rolling green hills of the English countryside.  Birmingham is also a city of excitement.  With a vibrant night life, and arguably some of the best shopping to be found outside of London, this city should not be underestimated.  EscapeWizard.com insists you book your next vacation to Birmingham, United Kingdom today!

Located just 6 miles from the city, The Birmingham Airport (BHX) is virtually on the doorstep of Birmingham.  Click on the following link to book your ticket to Birmingham:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  EscapeWizard.com can also assist with your accommodation needs.  Just click on the link to browse Birmingham’s selection of hotels (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). 

As the second most populous city in the United Kingdom, Birmingham offers world class entertainment and attractions without the hefty price tag that comes with visiting the normal tourist destinations.  EscapeWizard.com recommends that you begin your trip to Birmingham by exploring the rich musical culture this bustling city has to offer.  First stop, the Birmingham Hippodrome.  Selling more tickets than any other British theatre each year, it is safe to say that the Birmingham Hippodrome is the nation’s favorite theatre.  Here you can see extraordinary performances by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Welsh National Opera, The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and other popular musicals, comedies, and dramas.  Check the Hippodrome’s schedule of performances before you embark on your vacation so that you don’t miss out on the United Kingdom’s premier theater experience.

EscapeWizard.com recommends you keep the culture coming by exploring the cities world class art galleries.  An exciting and architecturally outstanding gallery to visit is The New Art Gallery Walsall, which houses an extensive collection of sculptures, drawings, and paintings by artists such as Garman Ryan, William Blake, Van Gosh, and Picasso.  If contemporary Pop Art is what you seek, then Wolverhampton Art Gallery boasts one of the largest contemporary Pop Art collections in the United Kingdom.  For a truly unique experience, spend some time exploring the Bilston Craft Gallery.  With exhibits featuring local jewelry designers, sewing workshops, and contemporary projects that fuse traditional techniques with modern technology, the Bilston Craft Gallery will inspire your creative muse like no other art gallery can! 

EscapeWizard.com also recommends that you venture outside the city and explore the English countryside.  Only an hour away from Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect destination for a countryside excursion.   The birthplace of one of the world’s most influential writers, William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon attracts thousands of tourists every year.  No visit to Stratford-upon-Avon is complete unless you see an original performance by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.  The company offers performances of classic Shakespearian work as well as more contemporary dramas and comedies.  Also, be sure to visit The Shakespeare Properties, which includes five houses:  Shakespeare’s birthplace, New Place/Nash’s House, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Mary Arden’s House.  If time allows, EscapeWizard.com insists you visit Trinity Church, where Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway are buried.  

Although many people go on vacation to gain some perspective or just relax, every vacation needs some excitement.  Imagine the roar of the stadium on game day as thousands of spectators jump to their feet when their team scores a goal.  In Birmingham, sports reign supreme.  With two top class football teams, Aston Villa and Birmingham City, and three other local league teams, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, and the Wolverhompton Wanders, there’s a game nearly every weekend.  So no matter when you decide to travel to Birmingham, check the football schedules and treat yourself to tickets to England’s favorite pastime.

After exploring all modern day Birmingham has to offer, travel back in time and explore the cities rich heritage.  EscapeWizard.com suggests spending a day exploring The Jewellery Quarter, which dates back over 250 years and is still home to over 400 jewelry businesses.  The Quarter also contains Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian Square, with fine restaurants, bars and galleries, and of course, over 100 jewelry retailers selling classic one of a kind handcrafted pieces.  The Jewellery Quarter is the perfect place to spend the day shopping, eating, and sightseeing. 

To wrap up your trip to Birmingham, visit the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.  The largest city museums service in England, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery boasts a community of museums including Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, and the ruins of Weoley Castle.  General admission to the museum is free but admission may be charged for special featured exhibits. 

Culture.  History.  Entertainment.  Excitement.  Birmingham has it is all!  EscapeWizard.com urges you to stray from the normal tourist trail and explore more of what the United Kingdom has to offer.
Hotels in Birmingham
By Jamie Brauer
Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindleyplace
1 Brunswick Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Hilton Garden Inn is located in the canal district of Brindleyplace, just a short distance from many attractions in the local area. Whether you’re traveling to Birmingham on vacation or for business, the Garden Inn has a wide range of amenities and is perfectly situated for anyone’s needs. With a convenient 3 p.m. check-in, you’ll have plenty of time to relax for the evening, or even catch up on extra work before a business meeting. Close to many attractions, including the National Indoor Arena, The International Convention Center, and the popular Symphony Hall. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, and the Inn is close to many local businesses.

The guest rooms include a comfortable queen size bed, a business desk, and a personal fridge. Each room also has air conditioning, an alarm clock, iMac television, and complimentary wireless internet. There are also handicap accessible rooms available, and service animals are allowed. All of the guest rooms are non-smoking.

Amenities include a 24-hour business center, a complimentary gym, and an in-building restaurant. There are many business services, including fax, copying, video conferencing, and complimentary printing. For an even added convenience, the hotel offers a 24-hour market, just in case you are in need or want of anything. There is also a coin laundry and laundry service, foreign currency exchange, self-parking, room service, baggage storage, lounges, and elevator service.

When you’re done exploring the local scenes or finished up with that promising business meeting, the hotel offers a 12 p.m. check-out, just enough time to grab lunch or sleep in after a convenient stay in Birmingham.

If you would like to book a room with this hotel, EscapeWizard.com can assist you at the following link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Birmingham
By Chrystyne Jackson
Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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When visiting Birmingham, UK, make the most of your time by staying at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. This is one of the leading UK conference hotels. Located just 10 minutes from the Birmingham International Airport, the hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 p.m.

The Hilton Birmingham has bright and comfortable guestrooms and suites. Guestrooms come with your choice of a queen size bed or two twin beds. Suites are furnished with king size beds. High speed Internet service is available.

Guests at the hotel will find a number of fine amenities. Relax and unwind at the Ocean Rooms Spa, where you will find a spa pool, sauna, and be able to indulge in a massage or one of the other spa treatment provided. Take a swim in the heated, indoor pool. Maintain your fitness routine at the LivingWell Health Club, which is fully equipped with state of the art cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights. Millers is open for your dining needs 24-hours a day. You can find a wide variety of menu choices at The Boulevard, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can wake up over a morning cup of coffee or socialize over an evening cocktail at The Lounge, which is open 24-hours. While exploring the local area, be sure to visit Aston Hall, Birmingham Canals, Black Country Living Museum, Cadbury World, the Dudley Zoo & Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Millennium Point (Science Museum), the National Motorcycle Museum, Sea Life Centre, the Think Tank Planetarium, and Warwick Castle.

Create lasting memories of your visit to Birmingham by staying at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.