Cadburys, Baltis & The Black Country Museum
Cadburys, Baltis & The Black Country Museum Birmingham Reviews
Cadbury's, Baltis & The Black Country Museum Oct 04, 2012
Birmingham is Britain's second city, after forerunner London. So don't come to Brum expecting images of Hugh Grant galumphing his way past Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St Paul's Cathedral. It ain't gonna happen. BUT, that's not to say Birmingham doesn't have its own hidden gems.
Places to Stay: Brum is the industrial heartland of England, but don't let that put you off. Like many cities, Birmingham is transforming itself in to a shopping Megaplex. Hotels, including the Hilton, as well as some good cheaper options, now cluster around regenerated canal ways. Staying in the city centre is the best bet. You can walk to one of the many bars on Broad Street, and still be within stumbling-back distance. Buses and taxis choke up the roads, so grab one according to your wallet, or if it's your waist you're watching, Birmingham's a great city to walk n' gawp around.
Places to See: The usual city attractions, like theaters, restaurants and museums can be found - cheaper and less queuing than London. The silver disc-boob-tube-influenced Selfridges building is a winner, and opposite it stands the architecturally contrasting church. Birmingham has a vibrant ethnic population, which means you're in for some button-popping feasting. Brum is home to the Balti (an Indian curry cooked and served in its steel balti pot). A short bus/taxi ride out of town is the Balti Triangle, which like its namesake, may have you lost in a fog of garlic nan bread, chicken tikka masala and sag paneer.
For families and anyone with a sweet tooth, head straight to the Cadbury factory in Bournville. Pay your admission fee and get part of it back in chocolate as you go around the factory, chomping on the good stuff while watching the world famous chocolate being stirred, moulded, wrapped and packed.
For more sweet stuff head to the Black Country Museum in Dudley. It's a living museum, so expect to be greeted by costumed, role playing characters. Leave room for ye olde fish n' chips and ye olde plaque and molar sweet shop, and... Hey is that Hugh Grant ordering a pint at ye olde pub? Well, no, but the place is Hugh-gly entertaining and educational! Lame puns aside, be advised to go to Birmingham with an open mind, and who knows, you may end up leaving with a more open heart.
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