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Map of The Midlands
Cities and Towns of the Midlands

Birmingham is the principal city of the West Midlands region, and is the United Kingdom`s second most populous city. Birmingham was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and by the dawn of the nineteenth century it was perhaps the most industrialized city in the entire world. Heavily damaged during the Blitz of World War II, many portions of the city were rebuilt. The regeneration of the urban core can be seen in some noteworthy postmodern buildings, such as the Library of Birmingham and the iconic Selfridges Building.

The second-largest city in the West Midlands has a rich history which stretches back to the time of the Romans. Perhaps the most noteworthy historical legend associated with Coventry is Lady Godiva`s infamous nude horseback ride through the city in the eleventh century. Many companies in the British automobile industry were based here. Coventry Cathedral, built in the early 15th century, was damaged during the Blitz of World War II, and is now as a garden of remembrance next to the current cathedral.

The largest city in the East Midlands and one of the ten most populous in England, Leicester is a scenic city located on the River Soar. Popular sights in Leicester include Leicester Castle, where Richard III spent much time in the final years of his life. His remains can be found in the middle of town at Leicester Cathedral, a stately Gothic cathedral dating from the year 1086. North of town you can find the National Space Centre, one of the largest space science museums in Britain. Leicester is a town where history meets progress and innovation.

Nottingham, situated east of the River Leen and north of the River Trent, is the second-largest city in the East Midlands. It is well-known for its lace industry, and at one time Nottingham was considered `the lace capital of the world`. Nottingham Castle, built on the orders of William the Conqueror just two years after the Norman invasion of England, served as the Royal residence of King Edward III. North of town, the 1,000-acre Sherwood Forest is forever associated with the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
Regions of England
Northern England
Northern England is the quintessential English travel experience, offering both rural and urban vacation opportunities, ranging from such industrialized and vibrant cities as Manchester, Liverpool, and York, to the beauty of its national parks, like the Lake District, the Peak District, and the Yorkshire Dales.
East Anglia
The history of East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire) is vivid and rich; the oldest structures still standing in England, dating from the Bronze Age, are located in East Anglia. A number of large, ornate former monasteries-turned-cathedrals dot Cambridgeshire, from Peterborough to Fenland and the Isle of Ely.
Thames River Valley
The Thames River flows for 215 miles, making it the longest river in England. The area along the Thames has been at the epicenter of much of England`s military and economic history, and has served an important role in the growth of England since the time of the Romans, evidenced from cities such as London, Oxford, and Windsor.
South East England
South East England is a large and geographically diverse region, much of which sits in the Thames River Valley, and here you can experience such sights as the New Forest, the Chiltern Hills, and the White Cliffs of Dover, in addition to Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and the list goes on.
South West England
South West England is filled with exciting sights such as Stonehenge, the world-famous prehistoric stone circle; the Roman-era hot springs of Bath; the coasts of Dorset and east Devon; and the tin mines that dot the coasts of Devon and Cornwall. All of these popular attractions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Experiences & Adventures

England is a country which combines geographic beauty, architectural splendor, and rich history to create a tourist experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life. Together, the three historic cities of Bath, Oxford, and Cambridge are the true Charms of England, and must be experienced to be truly appreciated.

Seaside resorts were the forerunners to today`s British tourism industry, and they still welcome millions of tourists annually after over 150 years in existence. Arguably the most popular of the seaside resorts in England are Brighton, Bournemouth, and Blackpool. Llandudno, a short train ride away in Wales, is also very popular.

The British Isles has a rich history of literary excellence. The history, fantasy, politics, romance, and tradition of the isles have been brought to life and evaluated by authors who span centuries. The canon of literature produced by authors from the British Isles illuminates historical narratives and literary innovations.
More to Explore
West Midlands
The West Midlands have played a sizable role in the economic growth of the British Empire, as many industries profited from their sales to all corners of the world. It was also the epicenter of the British automobile industry, which thrived for nearly a century. While this area was heavily damaged during World War II, many old buildings, such as Aston Hall and St. Philip`s Cathedral, survive.
East Midlands
The East Midlands were fully settled by the time of the Romans. The Roman Fosse Way began in what is now the East Midlands and signifies the western frontier of the Roman Empire. During the Viking conquest of Britain, it was part of an area called The Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. Leicester is perhaps one of the oldest cities in Britain, dating back to the second century before the Common Era.
The Cotswolds
Explore quintessentially English villages of honey-colored stone; take in splendid, lively market towns, and visit some of the country`s greatest castles and country houses in the Cotswolds, a collection of small, rural villages with acclaimed reserves and some of the most breathtaking landscapes available in England.
Cities in England
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England and Beyond
THE MIDLANDS

The English Midlands are often overlooked by travelers, but there are many reasons why you should visit. It is full of history; many of its cities were founded over two millennia ago, making them some of the oldest cities in England. The Midlands are the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, which, by the dawn of the nineteenth century, had helped to cement the British Empire`s role as the most influential country in the world. That industrial might is still evident today as factories dot the landscape. In the West Midlands, you will find Birmingham, the United Kingdom`s second most populous city, as well as the cities of Coventry and Wolverhampton. In the East Midlands, you will get the chance to visit such important cities as Nottingham and Leicester. No matter where you decide to go, The Midlands are a great place to explore.

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