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Preparing your trip to Birmingham: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Old Royal Birmingham 1. Guests of the city are recommended to leave all valuable items in safes of their hotel rooms. Do not take large amounts of cash or documents for a walk without any particular need.
2. The tourists, who expect to devote much time to excursions, are recommended to visit Birmingham in the period starting from April to September. This time of a year is distinguished by the most favorable weather, so long rains will not be able to spoil your plans. It should be also noted that the majority of tourists arrive in Birmingham during this time, so do not forget to book a hotel room in advance.
3. Vast majority of shops and shopping centers are open at 9:00 and work until 17:30. Sunday is usually a day off. The tourists, who expect to return VAT of 11% when they leave the country, will need to ask a special «tax free» document in stores when they make a purchase.
4. Museums and other cultural institutions usually accept visitors from 10:00 to 18:00. Working hours can be somewhat shortened for Saturday and Sunday. The most beneficial way to visit various exhibitions and excursions is in a large company as you can expect discounts in this case.
5. You will see guides who offer their services to travelers. Tourists are recommended to select guides who have special blue badges. They are the employees of Main Tourist Board, so the cost of their services will be significantly lower comparing to representatives of private firms. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. The local restaurants cannot be proud of their low rates. Tourists, who wish to save money on food, are better to pay attention to numerous pubs of the city. The remote areas of Birmingham are also the location of various attractive restaurants and cafes with reasonable rates.
7. Power supply voltage is 240 V. The majority of hotels are equipped with standard three-pin sockets. In this case you will need a special adapter in order to use devices that come with standard European type plugs.
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8. Only persons over 21 year old with international driving license are eligible for renting a car. In some car rental offices the minimal age for rental may be 25 years.
9. Do not forget to leave tips in the local restaurants and bars. As a rule, the sum of tips estimates 10 - 15% of the total order. Tourists should also leave a small reward to taxi drivers. In this case you should simply round the cost of a ride in a big way to any sum that is convenient for you.
10. The city is distinguished by a well-developed public transport system. Many buses ply through the city even late at night. Recognizing night public transport routes is very simple - they have the letter «N» before the number of the route. The cost of a ride in a night transport can be one-two times higher than in the daytime.
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What to visit being in Birmingham - unique sights

Holloway Circus Tower

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Visitors to Birmingham have the opportunity to spend a few days in a beautiful skyscraper today. It is enough to book a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel for this. The most luxurious and expensive rooms are located on the upper floors. Their panoramic windows offer a gorgeous view of the central district. There is a restaurant on the top floor. Panoramic windows are also installed in its hall. According to rough estimates, the investment in the construction of a luxury skyscraper amounted to just under 36 million pounds. The architectural project has become one of the most expensive in the history of Birmingham. … Read further

Shakespeare Birthplace

From the series “Houses of Famous People and Stars Currently Open to Tourists”
In the living room is presented the collection of valuable antique furniture. This is one of the few rooms in which the original stone floor has been preserved. In the dining room one can see the beautiful old Gobelins, and on the first floor are the bedrooms of all family members. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in one of the bedrooms with the splendid furnishings. This room preserves the old baby bed and even a collection of unique toys. After visiting the antique collection, you can walk through the garden, which today looks as beautiful as it was centuries ago. … Read further

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Travelling to Birmingham - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Birmingham. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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