It’s not difficult to see why thousands of tourists flock to Birmingham each year and we’re more than happy to welcome them, but sometimes they have a difficult time understanding our city.
We’re renowned for our welcoming nature and modesty, but you don’t want to get caught out doing the wrong thing, do you?
Take a look at our list to help you make the most of a visit it Brum:
1. Spending all your time in the German Christmas Market
Our German Christmas Market hasn't been ranked the best in Britian for no reason. And it's definitely a 'must do' on any trip to Brum during the festive season, but spare some time to look around the rest of the city centre, including our iconic Bullring and Jewellery Quarter, and you can also enjoy a trip to the Big Wheel and Ice Rink in Centenary Square, and our other city centre Christmas Market at Cathedral Square (aka Pigeon Park - see number 5).
2. Trying to find the Peaky Blinders in Small Heath
The Peaky Blinders gang moved out of Small Heath many moons ago. The area is largely residential now, although, if you're a football fan you can always watch a game at Birmingham City's ground at St Andrews, or pop into The Roost for a pint, like Ed Sheeran has done in the past.
3. Not visiting Birmingham's free attractions
There's loads of things you can do in Birmingham that just don't cost anything. The Ikon Gallery (pictured) is a briliant example, it has an abundance of amazing exhibitions ot check out, although donations are encouraged across all our arts and heritage venues.
4. Thinking you're in Venice because of all the canals
OK, we may be stretching this one, but Birmingham really does have more miles of canals than Venice - 35 of them, in case you were wondering. They're just, kind of, not as wide as those of the water based Italian city!