In a place as diverse as Birmingham, you can look forward to coming face to face with plenty of its famous aspects in a whole range of areas, from its position as the birthplace of Cadbury’s chocolate to Aston Villa and Birmingham FC, the city’s main professional football clubs. Birmingham has had many famous residents in its time and some of these celebrities have gone on to achieve worldwide fame, such as Ozzy Osbourne who is not only an esteemed musician and frontman of Birmingham heavy metal band Black Sabbath but one of the eponymous stars of American reality television show The Osbournes.
Black Sabbath is one of the most famous bands to have come out of Birmingham, but other musical acts have also seen their first few performances and subsequent fame take place in this fantastic city. Thanks to Black Sabbath and similar bands such as Judas Priest, Napalm Death, two members of Led Zeppelin and several more, Birmingham became known as the birthplace of heavy metal, a reputation which it proudly defends today. There are also plenty of other musical styles in the city’s music scene, however, two of the strongest being orchestral performances and jazz.
Birmingham is also famous for its vast world of theatrical performance. With myriad theatres displaying countless professional and amateur performances alike, including the Hippodrome, The Rep, the Alexandra and the Old Rep, Birmingham is considered something of a centre for theatre and is one of the best theatre cities in the UK outside of London. The city also served as something of an inspiration for some of the world’s most influential writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J.R.R Tolkien, who penned several scenes in his globally famous trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, using areas in Birmingham as the inspiration behind their appearance.
For a little bit of something different to enjoy while you’re on your travels through Birmingham, make sure you stop at a local eatery to try out the city’s lovingly crafted Balti curry, which was created in Birmingham as an amalgamation of Indian and British tastes into a curry that was palatable to Brits who found some Indian food not quite to their tastes. The creation of the Balti curry is one that Birmingham is staunchly proud of and this delicious dish should be sampled while you’re staying in Birmingham hotels.
If you’re hoping to take in plenty of famous culture in a city that’s as welcoming as it is exciting, choose Birmingham as your next holiday of choice and enjoy walking the streets that were home to famous faces as different and diverse as Ozzy Osbourne and J.R.R Tolkien.