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Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Travel Guide

Birmingham

Though not the U.K.’s most visually appealing city—thanks to decline of heavy industry, bombing during World War II, and some drab civic architecture in the decades afterwards—21st-century Birmingham is a vibrant and diverse metropolis, in the midst of a major cultural rebirth.

The city first flourished in the boom years of the 19th-century's Industrial Revolution, allowing

its inventive citizens to accumulate enormous wealth that was evident in the city streets; at one time the city had some of the finest Victorian buildings in the country. It still has some of the most ravishingly beautiful Pre-Raphaelite paintings, on view in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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