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    Town Hall, Birmingham

    by spidermiss Updated May 19, 2013

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    The Town Hall was designed by Joseph Aloyisus Hansom, based on the Roman Temple of Castor and Pollux, and opened in 1834.

    It originally served as a democratic meeting point and local Government meeting point until the opening of the Council House later on in the 19th Century. Since then it became an entertainment centre which hosted a variety of events over the next century including Charles Dickens's reading of 'A Christmas Carol', the Triennial Music Festivals and a number of modern artists until its temporary closure in 1996. The Town Hall reopened in 2007 with a festival, 'Celebrating the Past, Pioneering the Future' and today host regular events.

    Public tours of the Town Hall are available and further information can be found on the website.

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    Council House

    by spidermiss Updated May 19, 2013

    Birmingham's Council House was designed by Yeoville Thomason and was built in 1879. The Grade II listed classical building is used today to house Council offices including the Council Chamber, Lord Mayor's Suite, Committee Rooms and holds civic events in its banqueting suite. There is an exterior balcony used for addressing crowds assembled down in Victoria Square.

    One side of the building, facing Chamberlain Square, is Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's entrance and facade and 'Big Brum', the clock tower and the building was built in 1885 by Thomason where it then a combined Art Gallery and the City's Gas Department.

    Tours of the Council House can be arranged by contacting Birmingham City Council on Democratic.Services@birmingham.gov.uk or telephone (0121) 303 2438.

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    Boyle's Boulton, Murdock and Watt Statue

    by spidermiss Updated May 19, 2013

    This is William Boyle's statue of Boulton, Murdock which the work was started in 1938 and erected in this location in 1956. Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), James Watt (1736-1819) and William Murdock (1754-1839) were Birmingham famous men during the 18th and 19th Century.

    Please check out the traveloge I've done on Matthew Boulton.

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    Birmingham War Memorial

    by spidermiss Updated May 16, 2013

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    This war memorial is know as the City's Hall of Memory. The hall was erected just after World War I to commemorate the 12, 320 residents who died in during the war. Prince Arthur of Connaught opened the hall in 1925 and since then memorials of the Word War II and of wars abroad have been added to the Hall of Memory

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    Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

    by slothtraveller Written Nov 28, 2012

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    One of the benefits of Birmingham being twinned with Frankfurt is that every yuletide a fantastic Christmas market descends on the city. Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest market of its kind in the UK and one of the only ones I have visited that has a good atmosphere that resembles what you would find in Germany.
    The market sprawls through the city centre starting on New Street, with many stalls also on Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square. Altogether the range of stalls total around 190 with craft stalls as well as food stalls. I have to admit I tend to overindulge on the latter during my visits; especially the bratwurst, crepes and gluehwein! :D There also some burger stalls selling a range of ostrich, reindeer and kangaroo burgers!
    Entry to the markets is free but the prices are quite high. You could easily spend a lot of money without realising it. The market usually runs from mid-November to just before Christmas but check the website for exact dates.

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    History bus

    by lomi Updated Aug 27, 2012

    From May to October you can hop on the bus visiting 6 different sites.

    Starts at 11.30 until 3.30 pm on first Sunday of every month from outside the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

    Visits:
    Blakesley Hall (Tudor Farmhouse)
    Aston Hall (restored Jacobean Manor)
    Soho House (elegant Georgian home of Matthew Boulton)
    Sarehole Mill (working water mill & inspiration for Lord of The Rings)
    The Pen Room (old Pen factory)
    Jewellry Quarter
    Queensway

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    BT Tower

    by slothtraveller Written Jul 20, 2012

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    The BT Tower is the tallest structure in Birmingham. Found in Lionel Street, the 26-story building is a telecommunications tower, as well as providing valuable office space. The tower was completed in 1966 and has been part of the Birmingham skyline ever since, rising 152 metres above the city.

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    Frankfurt Christmas Market

    by northeast80 Written Apr 25, 2012

    No, I've not written a tip about Frankfurt in my Birminham pages, this is what it's called and Frankfurt is its twin city. I visited the Bath christmas markets the same year and they cannot touch the Birmingham one. We had mulled mead (I red my boyfriend white) chololate covered marshmallows and potatoes with bacon, garlic mushrooms and a saussage.
    We visited as we were going to a show at the LG Arena so carried on a little further and followed signs for 'Christmas Market Parking' which took us to a mulit-storey pretty close to the markets. It was such a spectacle, lights, rides, decorated stalls selling all manner of gifts. If we'd have known it was going to be that good we'd have made a special trip just to visit it, we will do this year. My parents visited and spent a couple of nights there visiting other close-by attractions.
    Apparently it's the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK and has been running for 10 years. It is also adjoining the Christmas Craft Fair which covers Chamberlain and Centenary Squares and is on over the same dates and times as the Frankfurt fair.

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    Museum of Science and Discovery - Thinktank

    by grayfo Updated Jun 19, 2011

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    Award-winning science museum containing ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and fantastic futuristic facts. Visitors can explore everything from aircraft and steam engines to intestines and taste buds - and even emotional robots! Thinktank encourages visitors to question how science and technology affects our daily life past and present, and learn how science and discovery will shape our future.

    Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Adults: £12.255
    Children (3 – 15): £8.40

    email findout@thinktank.ac

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    Monument – Chamberlain Memorial

    by grayfo Updated May 12, 2011

    The Chamberlain Memorial was erected in Chamberlain Square on October 20, 1880, to commemorate the public service of Joseph Chamberlain, who was present at the inauguration ceremony. Joseph Chamberlain was a Birmingham businessmen, councillor, mayor and Member of Parliament. He died in 1914. The design is 20 metres tall and of neo-gothic style, reminiscent of the Albert Memorial and is a Grade II listed monument. The Memorial bears a 50 centimetres portrait medallion of Chamberlain on the south side.

    April 2011

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    Council House

    by grayfo Updated May 11, 2011

    Birmingham's Council House was built between 1874 and 1879 on what was once Ann Street, and designed in a classical style by Yeoville Thomason, the Council House is now a Grade II listed building, used for all Council and most Committee meetings. The Council House has had two additions the first in 1881-1885 and the second in 1911-1919.

    email democratic.services@birmingham.gov.uk

    April 2011

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    Statue – River Goddess Fountain

    by grayfo Updated May 11, 2011

    Statue – River Goddess Fountain

    Known locally as the Floozy in the Jacuzzi, the massive water feature was designed by renowned sculptor Dhruva Mistry and installed in 1993 when Victoria Square was pedestrianised and remodelled.

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    Statue – Admiral Nelson

    by grayfo Written May 10, 2011

    This bronze statue was the first publicly funded statue in Birmingham, and the first statue of Horatio Nelson in Britain. Commissioned to celebrate Nelson’s visit to Birmingham in 1802, the statue which was cast in 1809 is the earliest known public work by Sir Richard Westmacott (1775-1856). The bronze statue and marble/limestone plinth were restored after 40 years of neglect on the outskirts of the old Bullring and re-erected in its new location in August 2003.

    April 2011

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    St Martin in the Bull Ring

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There has been a church on the site since 1166, when the first was established by Peter de Bermingham - this is the place where Birmingham began. Although no records exist from that time, it is belived a simple place of worship was likely to be situated. However, the first records noting a church date to around 1290. That church was built by William, a descendent of Peter.

    Most of the 1290 church was demolishedtp make way for the present building which was built in 1873. It was designed by Alfred Chatwin a Birminham Architect. The interior of the church was refurbished in 2000, with the exterior beingcleaned and restored in 2003. The new centre was built at the same time and it houses a cafe, centre for health and healing, an arts centre and a training suite.

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    Ackers

    by kayleigh06 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ackers is set roughly 2 miles out of Birmingham City Centre, and is home to Europes leading urban outdoor adventurous activity centres. At Ackers you can do skiing, snowboarding, archery, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and tobogganing, all set in around 60-70 acres of land.

    I went with both children and the so called adults of the family and they all loved it, its a great day out for all the family of all of ages! I would highly recommend this place to anyone whos in Birmingham it will definatly not let you down!

    31st October - 31st March

    Mon - Fri 10:00-22:00
    Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

    1st April - 10th October

    Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

    See website for prices for each activity, as the prices vary between activities

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