Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham, West Midlands
The Grade II* Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the UK’s most historically significant botanic gardens. Set in 15 acres within a Conservation Area, just one mile from the city centre, it first opened to the public in 1832. It is a green sanctuary, featuring four beautiful glasshouses: the Tropical House, Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid houses, while other attractions include a butterfly house, aviary, landscaped lawns, resplendent borders, tea room and children’s playground.
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After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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