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Old 06-05-2016, 09:04 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I'm curious why Rough Guides would have Birmingham as the only UK city in the top 10, outranking London and Edinburgh. Both of those obviously have far more attractions for international visitors. While I wouldn't consider Edinburgh super touristy, it does have the famous castle that's worth seeing. Liverpool has the appeal of the Beatles history.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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I'm curious why Rough Guides would have Birmingham as the only UK city in the top 10, outranking London and Edinburgh. Both of those obviously have far more attractions for international visitors. While I wouldn't consider Edinburgh super touristy, it does have the famous castle that's worth seeing. Liverpool has the appeal of the Beatles history.
Rough Guide pick cities every year which they deem to be ust visits, the cities are someimes cities which have been overlooked in the past but have improved dramatrically as is the case with Birmingham.

Attractions, Places of Interest, Visit Birmingham UK

Birmingham Culture

Birmingham is actually a fairly decent city, lots of rstaurants and bars, some good museums and art galleries, theatres including the Birmingham Hippodrome which is home to the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet, whilst the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is also well known indeed Sir Simon Rattle was Director of Music and helped build a new concert hall with superb accoustics. Birmingham is home to numerous events as the National Exhibition Centre which also home to the Genting Arena, whilst the city is also home to the National Indoor Arena (Barclaycard Arena) and hosts indoor athletics. There are always lots of invents going on in Birmingham and the city boasts a host of sporting and cultural venues.

In recent years the city has built an entirely new state of the art shopping centre and has attracted numerous retailers, and has also opened other shopping facilities such as the Mail Box, while the Jewellery Quarter has been investment and an amazing state of the art main rail station also recently opened whilst the Tram System is also being expanded. Many of the beautiful halls and civic buildings are also worth seeing as is the Shakespeare Collection at the new Library, one of the largest public lending libraries of any city. There are also numerous parks and a lovely Botanical Garden and Shakespeares Birthplace at Stratford and Warwick Castle are in the surrounding area.


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Old 06-06-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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As far as America and Canada : Everything outside Montreal in Canada, and Everything outside NY, Miami, New Orleans and perhaps SFO and LA is rather boring.

The problem with north american cities is that they do not feel like cities, they are suburban sprawls without public transportation and miles and miles and miles and miles of nothingness, just cookie cutter homes and shopping malls. You drive around and no one is walking on the street, its just cars and cars and cars. (depressing in a long term)
Hopefully one concept I have encountered
-the 21st as the century of the city-will come to pass. That would mean renovating/urbaninzing city interiors. Creating/expanding urbanity within.

The end result might be similar to how Natnasci described Lyon-an interesting urban core, with dull outskirts. In the case of North America, the outskirts would likely be suburban.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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Never been to these but just my impression.....

- Dublin, Ireland
- any Canadian city
- Manchester, England
- Birmingham, England
- Cardiff, Wales
- Oslo, Norway
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Brussels, Belgium
- The Hague, Netherlands
- Seoul, South Korea
- Singapore
- anywhere in Saudi Arabia or the Persian Gulf states with the possible exception of Dubai
- San Jose, California
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Seattle, Washington
"- any canadian city".

Except Montreal, Tom.
Very few american cities can hold a candle to Montreal during its summer months.
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