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Just 45 minutes south of Stratford-upon-Avon, lies the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham. The birthplace of the mouth-watering Balti, home to the iconic shopping haven the Bullring as well as international sporting venues such as the famous Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, Birmingham has it all.

You won’t fall short of family fun, from releasing your inner kid at the original Cadbury chocolate factory, to exploring the city’s vibrant festival and events calendar. When heading to the city centre loosen those purse strings as there are over 2,000 luxury, high street and independent shops at your fingertips, all within a 20-minute walk of each other. For an easy afternoon, explore Sarehole Mill, known to be Tolkien’s favourite childhood playground or question your artistic mind in the realms of the renowned Ikon Gallery and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

For those extra special evenings, why not enjoy a performance by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and a delicious meal at one of the five Michelin star restaurants Birmingham proudly has on offer.

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