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    Updated on Nov 13, 2018. Posted on Nov 13, 2018

    5 Places that Show the Midlands is on the Way Up

    Anyone who identifies as a Brummie in the UK will know the struggle that comes with trying to sell the Midlands to those who have never visited. Talk to people from the UK, and they’ll like have visions of flat caps, sad little mining towns, and closed down steel mills. While it’s true that this part of the UK likes to hold on to its industrial past, we all know that there is a lot more to the Midlands than meets the eye.

    A lot of regeneration has gone into Birmingham and the surrounding area over the past twenty years, as well as a mini-cultural revolution sparked by some of the big bands that came from here in the 1980’s. Sure, the industrial charm still remains in parts, but if you come to visit, you might be surprised at what’s on offer. Here are some top picks that show the Midlands is on the way up, as 2019 draws ever closer –

    The Black Country Living Museum


    You could make the argument that the BBC drama Peaky Blinders has done more to spread the name of Birmingham than anything else in the last ten years. Fans of the show have been hooked by the Shelby family’s story since the first series aired in 2013. Much of the show’s exterior scenes are filmed at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley to the East of Birmingham. Here you’ll be able to step back in time and see many places that you’ll recognise from the show.

    Birmingham Hippodrome


    As we mentioned above, for a long time the city of Birmingham has unfairly had its connections to high minded culture dismissed. One place that has flown in the face of this preconception is the Birmingham Hippodrome. Opened in 1895, this neoclassical theatre has hosted everything from opera, to theatre, and contemporary music. A look at the programme will reveal the broad range of shows and performances that run here every night.

    Belfry Hotel & Resort


    Traditionally, the Midlands haven’t held a strong reputation in the world of sport, but there are a few expectations to the rule. In the town of Sutton Coldfield, you’ll find the Belfry Hotel & Resort. Their Barbazon golf course has hosted the world-famous Ryder Cup no less than four times. That’s more than any other individual location in the tournament’s history. Some of the biggest names in golf have triumphed here, and the course is held in the highest regard within the sport.

    Broad Street


    If you’re looking for a place to experience the famous Brummie hospitality, there are few places in the area that offer a better experience than Birmingham’s Broad Street on a Friday or Saturday night. Revellers travel from all over the surrounding area to enjoy a few drinks on the town here. You’ll have no difficulty finding a spot for a tipple, as there are a number of popular bars and clubs along the main street. The area around Broad street is also a little more subdued, for those who prefer an altogether more settled night.

    Alton Towers


    Adrenaline junkies are not left out when considering a trip to this part of the UK. Alton Towers is a nationwide favourite theme park, that has been bringing thrill seekers through its gates since opening in 1980. There are rides, rollercoasters, and events to suit everyone but be sure to arrive in plenty of time. You can spend a good amount of time queuing if you’ve not planned carefully!

    With all that’s going on in the Midlands, it’s easy to see why it’s a good time to change your perceptions of this exciting and dynamic part of the country.

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