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“Surprised by architecture and shopping.”
Review of Birmingham

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Steyr, Austria
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
78 helpful votes
“Surprised by architecture and shopping.”
Reviewed 16 September 2010

I did not expect much from Birmingham, but then I was surprised by the architecture in the city. There are a lot of great buildings like the cube, the university buildings, and Selfridge, a shopping center with very unique shape.
But be careful when you visit Birmingham with your wife: The whole downtown is a huge shopping place, you seldom see so many shopping places in such a close neighborhood.

1 Thank langoli
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Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 helpful votes
“A site to see - a site to experience!”
Reviewed 25 July 2010

Birmingham - its most infamous image is the silver plates which cover the building of Selfridges; its other infamous icon is the Bull which is situated in the centre.

Having lived in Birmingham throughout my whole life, I can tell you, that from experience, it's superb in terms of diversity and substance.

There is a mixture of cultures and people from different heritages that all conjoin; you will find Birmingham to be proud of its identity through the people who live and breathe the city.

There is many sights to see such as Cadbury World in Bournville which is a very short journey from the City Centre; as you know of already, Cadbury World is popular all around the world and to visit the place is yet fascinating to find out where chocolate all started to distribute - in Birmingham.

If you happen to be strapped for cash (who isn't nowadays?) there is the Birmingham Museum which is free to the public; it's, in fact, a big museum in which you can indulge in the history of China; the Medieval period etc.

Shopping beats with the city's heart and there is no such thing as 'too much' because Birmingham has a vast a ray of shops which will suit your every need. The city centre has the high street shop brand names and there are multiple hyper supermarkets not far from it.

However, having lived in Birmingham all my life there are flaws (as with any other city). Littering, graffiti and gum stuck on the floor is a major problem in my opinion - the streets in the city centre aren't very nice to tread on if gum is bound to be stuck to your newly bought shoes. Graffiti can be found in the ally ways and in the most obvious of places; policing isn't as good as other places for dealing with graffiti.

The nightlife is exciting if you are looking for a good, fun time! Broad Street is well known for its night clubs, bars and kebab shops!

Overall, a city which proudly presents itself in the West Midlands - its true identity of a diverse and tolerant place.

2 Thank faithxfaye
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Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Birmingham West Midlands England”
Reviewed 20 July 2010

Very , very disappointed with Trip Advisor over its latest review regarding Birmingham, West Midlands, England.. According to your survey it was regarded as the most boring place to visit. Yet when one of your representatives was interviewed on a local radio show (Radio WM ) he admitted that people taking part in the survey had not necessarily visited the city, so the survey was conducted on perceptioni rather than experience.
Therefore how reliable are yours and your members comments ? I assumed that what I was reading and using was personal experiences. Perceptions are useless.


2 Thank kathyEngland
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Durham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
“pleasantly suprised”
Reviewed 10 August 2009

wot can i say.
i used to visit birmingham in the late '70s and early '80s and it was rough (too say the least). i didnt recognise the place.
i was stopping on broad street. excellent for pubs and clubs. it is also handy for shopping. my wife and teenage daughter loved the city centre (including the bull ring shopping centre-which has had a "few" quid spent on it since i last frequented it).
i thought the place was excellent (highly recommended).

1 Thank durham-city-makem
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
22 helpful votes
“"What are you going to Birmingham for?" they sneered Actually quite a blast!”
Reviewed 2 August 2009

Except for the fact that we couldn't find a tourist map to save ourselves, we really liked Birmingham.
We went on an odyssey to the Balti Triangle (armed with nought but the AA printout) which was mildly scary yet produced really brilliant food. Sadly there was NO signposting to this spot, which glittered with amazing saris and all sorts of other amazing clothes, not to mention sweets which gleamed. We went to a place called New Imrans which was a HALL, not a restaurant, yet all our food was beautiful and the staff were attentive. Also, BYO so not at all expensive. We left totally blissing out on hot stuff. Our children kept wanting to go back for more lamb chops.
Cadbury World had some historical interest for utopians, as well as loads of sugar for the kids, and we enjoyed that. Our Holiday Inn Express in Oldbury was out of the way, but worth it at just 49 pounds for our family of five, per night, including breakfast. Better than the hostel, which was booked out anyway.
I came away actually wanting to go back, and I'm going to tell all the London snobs who asked me "What are you going THERE for?" so too.
Just for the Baltis alone. I vote one for the EU appellation!

2 Thank robinandwillow
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