Things we love

It is the home of Duran Duran and Black Sabbath. Birmingham is one of the UK’s greenest cities and has more open space than Paris - kick off those shoes and feel the grass between your toes. Apparently, it has more lap dancing clubs than any other UK city. It is the home of Cadbury’s Chocolate – amen

Things we wished we’d known

Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice – wouldn’t have bothered taking that flight! Under 25s account for nearly 40% of the population – so the city knows how to party. There are over 100 balti houses in the city and its famous ‘Balti Triangle’ attracts over 20,000 visitors a week.