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Top Things to See and Do In Birmingham

Birmingham is an excellent shopping, live performances and nigh life destination, but the UK second city is not renowned for its tourist attractions. Despite this, there is lots to see and bvlgari copy ring b zero1 do in the city, and Birmingham is an ideal base from which to discover the best that the West Midlands has to offer.

Library of Birmingham'Let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one teacher can change the world'

Birmingham new library opened in 2013. It is more than just a public service building; it is a visitor attraction in itself. And best of all, it's free!

The building, located in Centenary Square, a short walk west of the city centre, cost approximately million to build. In 2014, the first full year that the library was open, it received more than 2.4 million visitors, placing it among the 10 most popular visitor attractions in the country. It is reported to be the largest public library in the UK, and the largest regional library in Europe.

Architects Mecanoo and multi discipline engineers Buro Happold, were chosen as the winners of an international design competition to design the building which would eventually replace the nearby Birmingham Central Library.

The result is a magnificent building, public space and visitor attraction. Highlights include the two roof gardens from where there are spectacular views of the city, the central book rotunda and the Shakespear Memorial Room and viewing gallery on the top floor.

The Shakespeare Memorial Room, located on the top floor of the building, was actually designed in 1882 for the original Central Library. When that building was demolished in 1974, the room was dismantled and transferred into a new concrete shell at library which replaced it. It has again been perfectly incorporated in the new building, and continues to house Britain most important collection of Shakespeare works.

The library also hosts a range of other nationally and internationally significant collections, including bvlgari fake wedding ring the large Boulton and Watt Collection, a steam engine archive from 1774 to the 1890s which includes approximately 29,000 engine drawings, in addition to books, letters, account books and order books from the partnership of James Watt and Matthew Boulton.

The library air conditioning utilises an eco friendly aquifer ground source system that uses cold groundwater to regulate the temperature in the building.

The opening hours were greatly reduced in 2015 to curtail unsustainable running costs, so the library is, unfortunately, not open on Sundays or bank holidays, and is only open late on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Checking opening hours before visiting. The roof gardens are also generally closed in windy conditions. Licenced under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction set amid beautiful gardens. This restored Edwardian Arts and Craft house, and the seven acres of botanic gardens on which it is set, is a great place to spend a quite and lazy afternoon, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Bull Ring and the rest of Birmingham's busy city centre.

The house is fully restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft best, and is full of beautiful antiques. Both the house and the gardens were designed, in the early 20th century, to the style of the Arts Crafts movement, and have examples of local craftsmanship throughout. Winterbourne is bvlgari fake engagement ring a rare surviving example of a suburban villa and garden from this period.

The gardens contain more than 6,000 plant species from across the globe. Features include a hazelnut tunnel, a woodland walk, and a 1930's Japanese Bridge.

The site is owned by the University of Birmingham, having been left to them by John MacDonald Nicolson, the last private owner of the house, upon his death in 1944. Plant conservation and teaching areas have since been incorporated into the historic gardens.

Entry if free for current University of Birmingham students and staff on the production of a valid university ID card. Members of the Historic Houses Association are also eligible for free entry to the attraction.

The attraction is located a couple of miles from the main University of Birmingham campus, a fine 'Red Brick' university on the edge of Edgbaston. In addition to the central Chancellors Court and Old Joe, a clock tower which can be seen from miles around, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, is worth a visit. This purpose built art gallery and concert hall, a Grade II listed Art Deco building, was the first purpose built building for the study of art history in the UK. It was one of only 5 galleries outside of London to receive 5 stars for having 'Outstanding collections of international significance' in Britain's Best Museums and Galleries (Penguin Books, 2005). The gallery includes works by van Gough, Monet, Picasso, Degas and Rembrandt, among others.

Cadbury World, BournvilleA wonderful world of chocolate

Credit: By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Bournville Place Cadbury World 2 Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The wonderful Cadbury World in Bournville, south of the city centre, is one of the city's best known attractions, and a favourite among chocolate lovers of all ages. It is one of two attractions created and run by the Cadbury chocolate company (the other one is in Dunedin, New Zealand).

The attraction, opened in 1990, is a one way, self guided tour, welcomes approximately half a million visitors each year. It is not a factory tour as bvlgari copy b zero ring such, but allows visitors to explore and discover the history of chocolate and learn about the origins of one of the world's leading confectionery manufactures, through fourteen multi media zones which utilise animatronics, multi sensory cinema, video presentations, static sets, staff demonstrations and interactive displays and activities. As part of the experience, visitors have the opportunity to create their own confectionery in a tub of liquid chocolate.

Regular trains operate between Birmingham's New Street Station and Bournville station, located a short walk from the attraction.

The village of Bournville itself, is an interesting place. It is a model village, built by the Cadbury family, in sudo Arts and Crafts style. Most of the buildings are originals, and the area is surrounded by considerable green spaces.

National Sea Life Centre and Other Family AttractionsOne million litres of sea life fun

Credit: By Erebus555 (Own work) [CC BY SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The National Sea Life Centre, located in the lively Brindleyplace, a short walk south of the city centre, houses more than 60 displays of marine and freshwater life. The one million litre ocean tank has a transparent underwater tunnel, and is home to blacktip reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, giant green sea turtles, a giant Pacific octopus, lobsters, sting rays, horseshoe crabs and otters, in addition to a range of tropical reef fish. The centre also has an extensive sea horse breading programme. The recently opened Penguin Ice Adventure habitat is home to a colony of gentoo penguins.

A Sensorama 4 D Cinema, with subjects the audience to salt spray, wind, the smell of seaweed, and other sensations appropriate to the film being shown.

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