As England's second biggest city, Birmingham has great transport links including an international airport, located about 8 miles from the city centre, a train service, which has trains to the Midlands, Manchester, Stratford[ Link to relevant page] and London. The road links in and around the city are equally good. The expressway is a mini motorway which provides access to the local area. Birmingham can be reached easily from surrounding cities via the M6 Motorway. If you prefer a slower pace, why not take a pleasure cruise on a traditional barge on the nearby canal.
As one of the largest and most diverse cities in England, Birmingham has a wide variety of eateries to choose from, from traditional English restaurants to Asian cuisine. The Canalside Café is a rustic pub-style eatery which serves homemade soup and has lovely canal views. If you prefer more up-market British food, visit Bank, a glass-fronted restaurant with a contemporary interior. Or climb aboard Away2Dine’s dinner barge and have a luxury meal while drifting down the canal next to Hotel Campanile Birmingham.
Birmingham hosts several festivals throughout the year including the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival in summer, and the Mosley Folk Festival in August.
More than 40% of British jewellery is made in Birmingham’s world famous Jewellery Quarter.