Having undergone one of the largest redevelopment programmes in Britain, Birmingham is no longer a concrete jungle full of drab canals, but one of England’s most modern and cutting edge cities. Birmingham is all change. The concrete monstrosities have gone, the builders have moved in and new buildings are springing up all over the place – just look at the stylish revamped Bullring shopping centre to see what we mean.
Even the canals are in on the act and have had a makeover that would make Amsterdam proud. Today they’re all about leafy walks, trendy bars, cool little cafes and, of course, shop after shop. And believe it or not, you’ll find more of them here than in Venice, so it really is a case of take your pick.