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Birmingham, West Midlands
Thinktank, Birmingham science museum, offers an enlightening and fun packed day out. From steam engines and talking robots through to gurgling guts, Thinktank has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology. Housed inside the impressive Millennium Point building you will find four floors of hands-on exhibits and historical collections that will amaze and inspire you. Including the Science Garden, Planetarium and an exciting programme of events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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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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