Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. It is located in the West Midlands of England, an important city for commerce in the UK and a hub for events, conferences, retail and transport. The locals in Birmingham call themselves ?Brummies? and they speak a distinct English dialect called Brummy. Celebrities such as Ozzy Osbourne and comedian Jasper Carrot speak in this accent.
Birmingham is a convenient city for sight seeing, it is compact and you can visit many attractions in the city on foot or public transport. Birmingham is home to Cadbury World, a theme park and factory dedicated to chocolate. The BBC Birmingham offers public tours and visitors can record their own weather forecast or news item. They also let visitors see the studios and TV galleries.
The National SEA LIFE Centre is also located here, they offer a million litre ocean tank that hundreds of turtles, sharks, and tropical reef fish and water plants call home. For more educational destinations, visit the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum where you will find ten different galleries with themes from locomotives to digital technology. Birmingham has two zoos, The Primate Centre, Twycross Zoo and the Dudley Zoological Gardens.
Birmingham is a major transportation hub and they have a world-class airport located just six miles away from the city centre. You can reach Birmingham by train, bus, or plane. Local public transportation is highly coordinated and you can travel by light railway, bus, taxi, car rental and boat. There is an extensive river system in Birmingham extending more than 200 miles, rivalling the canals of Venice, which have become a major tourist attraction in themselves. Ride a leisurely longboat to view Birmingham heritage sites. Eight railway lines traverse the city and is a quick, traffic free way to reach all tourist attractions.