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111 Places in Birmingham That You Shouldn't Miss

111 Places in Birmingham That You Shouldn't Miss

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Author: Ben Waddington

Warwickshire, West Midlands | Travel tips & advice: general | Travel & holiday guides

Published on 10th June 2024 by Emons Verlag GmbH in Germany as part of the '111 Places' series.

Paperback / softback | 240 pages, 111 Illustrations, colour
205mm x 135mm | 0g

Welcome to Birmingham, a super-diverse city with an ever-shifting identity. This is the quiet medieval market town that overnight became the centre of the industrial revolution, over the centuries rolling out leather wares, jewellery, steam engines, motor cars, fountain pens, gun smithery, toys, chocolate, heavy metal music and nanotechnology. The city’s drive to successively reinvent itself as motor city, conference capital and shopping destination reflects that initial burst of energy. The result is a city of many layers, bold planning experiments, overlapping fragments and pockets of creative endeavour which can be tough to navigate without a guide. However, its many treasures coruscate more brilliantly for being lost. This book tells the story many would miss through the art, places, buildings, people and the dynamic mix of cultures that reveal the Birmingham identity, from the smallest architectural details to epic civic structures. Only here can you chill on a bench with local heroes Black Sabbath, will you be greeted at the museum by the fallen angel Lucifer, chance upon a golden Burmese peace pagoda, time travel in the Shakespeare Library and find the world’s oldest surviving instance of railway architecture.

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