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Take the train … and discover Birmingham

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Birmingham may have been snubbed by the latest Lonely Planet guide to touring Britain, but there’s plenty to see and do in England’s ‘second city’.

Save by checking our journey planner for cheap trains to Birmingham before you fill-up on the landmarks Lonely Planet left-out.

The latest Lonely Planet guide to discovering Great Britain has supposedly snubbed Birmingham – Britain’s second largest city – in favour of Manchester and Liverpool.

But there’s plenty to get up to in the Midlands.

And with cheap trains to Birmingham there’s no reason to miss out the Brum if you’re thinking of taking a city break.

Check our guide to what to see and do in Birmingham and don’t forget to save by checking our journey planner for cheap tickets if you’re heading northwards to uncover what Lonely Planet left out.

Take the train to Birmingham and…

… shop at the Bullring

With 160 shops open for business at the Bullring, shoppers can take in some of Britian’s best shopping from high street favourites to iconic department stores like Selfridges.

… be inspired

Movie fans and bookworms can take in a little inspiring scenery by a Birmingham waterfall that supposedly inspired JRR Tolkien when he was writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

… go Wonka for chocolate at Cadbury World

An earlier Lonely Planet guide said a visit to Cadbury World in Birmingham was the closest tourists could get to experiencing Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. At Cadbury World, visitors to the Brum can learn about the history of chocolate, watch master chocolatiers at work and even nibble on the sweet-stuff itself.

… grab a curry

Birmingham is famous for dishing-up a cracking curry. And spice-seekers should find a Korma, Balti or Tandoori to tickle their taste buds in the city’s legendary Balti Triangle. In fact, e

ating out at Birmingham’s Balti Triangle is so good, last year’s Rough Guide said it was one of the top 25 travel experiences you could have in Britain.

What have you got up to in Birmingham?

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