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Birmingham, UK

Birmingham is England's second largest city and is located in almost the exact middle of the country. It is home to two football clubs (Aston Villa and Birmingham City), six universities, and a host of cultural institutions. It is a very historical city as humans have been living in the immediate area since 1700BC and has plenty of restaurants and activities to keep anyone entertained.

There are quite a few things to do for free in Birmingham, including visiting some of it’s top sites. If the weather is nice, strolling along the canal is a nice way to familiarize yourself with the layout of the city. Along the canal is the BBC Birmingham’s Public Space. Visitors can see into the studios and try news and weather reporting for themselves. Entrance is free and open 7 days a week.

If you are in Birmingham on a weekend, check out the free events at the Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are schedule to some form of musical event that is free to the public. The Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum isn’t free, but is great for visitors of all ages who are sure to learn a thing or two.

Feeling peckish? Try Bodega restaurant on Bennetts Hill near the Town Hall. Bodega specializes in South American food from Brazil to Peru, Columbia to Argentina. The food is excellent, with the freshest ingredients and spices that taste as if they were picked earlier that day. They also have vegan and gluten free menus as well as specialty drinks and imported beers.

Birmingham isn’t known as a tourist destination, but you have the ability (as with anywhere else) to make it what you want it.