Birmingham – Discover the history of chocolate and see it being made. The Cadbury factory at Bourneville has a visitor centre that is dedicated to the history of chocolate. Visitors can learn about how cocoa beans are grown, how they came to be imported to Europe and made into the chocolate that we know today. There is also a factory shop where visitors can purchase a wide range of Cadbury products at factory prices. A restaurant/cafeteria can be found on site and there is a play area for children. Special features include a 3D video story and an interactive theatre which deals not only with chocolate, its manufacture and its advertising but also provides an insight into the Cadbury family who created the
UK’s favourite chocolate produce.
The new Bullring has put Birmingham on the map – now rival any of the other big cities for shopping; i.e. Manchester and Leeds.
The Bullring is split into buildings – joined together on the lower ground floor so that you don’t even have to go outside to get from one to the other.
In one building, you have favourites such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge, H&M, Faith, etc. You also have Apple and Currys.
In the other building, you have a slightly more upmarket experience – the iconic Selfridges building, French Connection, All Saints, Links of London, etc.
On the ground floor there are various eateries – Nandos, Burger King, something along the lines of Starbucks or Costa coffee. It’s a cliché that is found in virtually any piece that is written about Birmingham, is that it has more miles of canals than Venice.
That is a little unfair as Birmingham covers a much larger area than Venice, but it cannot be denied that they are very much a part of the character of the city.
For years they fell into a decline, but many, especially in the city centre, are being spruced up and have become the trendy places to live and play.
You can get a good taste of the canalised atmosphere by heading for the Gas Street Basin or Bindley place
If you are looking for a place to stay in Birmingham there is always the Holiday inn Express Hotel The child friendly hotel’s close proximity to the M42/M40/M5/M6 motorways provides easy access to tourist attractions such
Southampton – Britain’s largest port is located in the county of Hampshire in southern England. Boasting a rich maritime history, the town has witnessed the departure of many famous vessels from its docks, including the Mayflower and the Titanic. Even today, freight trade, shipbuilding, and marine engineering are significant industries. Thanks to its coastal prominence, Southampton was heavily bombed during World War II and lost many of its historic features.
Now rebuilt in juxtaposition of old and new, the city still has its share of attractions. Visit the well-known Bargate, which dates back to Norman times, and Ocean Village, a popular modern-day recreation area. In addition, Old Town showcases the medieval city walls, and historic Westgate marks the area where pilgrims boarded their ships bound for the New World nearly 400 years ago. For a great day trip, make sure to visit the tomb of writer Jane Austen at Winchester Cathedral.
If you are looking for accommodation in Southampton why not try the Holiday Inn Express Southampton, This modern vibrant hotel in Southampton, set in landscaped grounds offers complimentary parking and is ideally located when visiting the area on business, leisure or during Special Events in the surrounding area.