Birmingham, Coventry and the Midlands
England’s ancient industrial heartland
“From canals to cathedrals, there’s more to the Midlands than Spaghetti Junction.”
Peaky Blinders may have raised the profile of Birmingham worldwide, but the city has a long and proud history. Once the industrial powerhouse of England, the City of a Thousand Trades has reinvented itself as a vibrant, thriving modern metropolis. From a fantastic collection of Pre-Raphaelite art to the shiny shopping centre that is Grand Central station, Birmingham has something for everyone. Nearby, there's a fascinating recreation of a Victorian town at the Black Country Museum or visit Coventry, City of Culture 2021 with its three magnificent cathedrals.
City walking tours or part of a longer tour
From Birmingham you can reach the wonders of Cannock Chase, Stafford and the potteries of Stoke on Trent.