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National+Sealife+Centre+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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National Sealife Centre - A Birmingham Gem!

The National Sealife Centre is situated at Brindleyplace in Birmingham, between Three and Four Brindleyplace, and near the canals. Opened in 1996.

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Passions: Environment & green action, Travel & tourism, Modern Architecture, Rivers, lakes & canals
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St+Chad%27s+Cathedral+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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St Chad's Cathedral - A Birmingham Gem!

St Chad's Cathedral is situated at St Chad's Circus Queensway and St Chad's Queensway in what was formerly called the Gun Quarter in Birmingham.

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Passions: History & heritage, Civic pride, Classic Architecture, Faith
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Grand+Central+Square+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Grand Central Square - A Birmingham Gem!

Grand Central Square is located outside the entrance to Grand Central and New Street. It opened in September 2015. The void was filled between 2010-15.

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Passions: Transport, Modern Architecture, Squares and public spaces
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Coffin+Works+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Coffin Works - A Birmingham Gem!

The Coffin Works will simply transport you back in time to a place where some of the world's finest coffin furniture was made including fittings for the Queen Mother and Winston Churchill.

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Passions: History & heritage, Art; Culture & creativity, Classic Architecture
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The+Pen+Museum+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The Pen Museum - A Birmingham Gem!

The Pen Museum is the only museum in the UK devoted to the history of pen making and documents Birmingham's role at the centre of the world's pen making .trade.

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Aston+Webb+Building+and+Chancellor%27s+Court+at+the+University+of+Birmingham+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Aston Webb Building and Chancellor's Court at the University of Birmingham - A Birmingham Gem!

The Unversity's Great Hall is located in the domed Aston Webb Building. This is the main building, built in Accrington red-brick, that forms the University's Chancellor's Court.

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Passions: History & heritage, Education, Classic Architecture
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The+Old+Crown%2c+Digbeth+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The Old Crown, Digbeth - A Birmingham Gem!

The Old Crown is believed to be one of the oldest buildings, if not the oldest, in Birmingham, with a history dating back to 1450. It is a must visit for followers of history and architecture.

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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Midland+Bank+building+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Midland Bank building - A Birmingham Gem!

The building located on Bennetts Hill used to be the Head Office of the Midland Bank.  The building completed in 1835 now hosts a popular bar in the heart of the city. 

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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Great+Western+Arcade+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Great Western Arcade - A Birmingham Gem!

The Great Western Arcade located between Colmore Row and Temple row is a wonderful Grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade built in 1875-76 over the Great Western Railway Line. 

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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The+Crown+Inn+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The Crown Inn - A Birmingham Gem!

Built in 1781, The Crown Inn is a public house on Broad Street and is Grade II listed.  Now Reflex The 80's Bar. 

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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Piccadilly+Arcade+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Piccadilly Arcade - A Birmingham Gem!

The Piccadilly Arcade connects New Street with Stephenson Street and is home to a number of shops, some with shop fronts that date from the 1920s. 

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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The+Old+Contemptibles+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The Old Contemptibles - A Birmingham Gem!

The Old Contemptibles on Edmund Street, Birmingham is a quite unique city centre pub that hosts a rich and fascinating history dating back to the 18th Century.

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Victoria+Law+Courts+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Victoria Law Courts - A Birmingham Gem!

The Victoria Law Courts located on Corporation Street is a Grade I listed red brick and terracotta building designed by Aston Webb & Ingress Bell in 1886.

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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Methodist+Central+Hall+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Methodist Central Hall - A Birmingham Gem!

The Methodist Central Hall, located at the northern end of Corporation Street, is a stunning red brick and terracotta Grade II listed building designed by Ewan and James Harper.

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Hotel+Du+Vin+(formerly+Birmingham+%26+Midland+Eye+Hospital)+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!+
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Hotel Du Vin (formerly Birmingham & Midland Eye Hospital) - A Birmingham Gem!

This is a truly wonderful building and a great example of how a landmark Victorian building built in 1823-24 can be sympathetically transformed into a 66 bed luxury boutique hotel.

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Passions: History & heritage, Classic Architecture
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The+National+Provincial+Bank+building+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The National Provincial Bank building - A Birmingham Gem!

This magnificent Grade II listed building is to be found on Waterloo Street. It was designed and built between 1869-1870 by local Castle Bromwich architect, John Gibson.

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Birmingham+%26+Midland+Institute+building+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Birmingham & Midland Institute building - A Birmingham Gem!

In the heart of the city on Margaret Street is a wonderful architectural gem with connections to Charles Dickens and home to the first Birmingham Library.

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Baskerville+House+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Baskerville House - A Birmingham Gem!

Built in 1938 in the Art Deco style, Baskerville House, previously called the Civic Centre, is a former civic building in Centenary Square. The building is steeped in history.

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Passions: History & heritage, Civic pride, Classic Architecture
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Colmore+Gate%2c+Birmingham%2c+UK+-+City+architecture
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Colmore Gate, Birmingham, UK - City architecture

Colmore Gate is a 70 metre (15 floor) high office and retail building with a lift shaft on the outide of the building.  It blends a traditional look with modern materials and style.

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Passions: Modern Architecture
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Colmore+Square+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Colmore Square - A Birmingham Gem!

Colmore Square is located in the middle of Colmore Circus Queensway between The Wesleyan and One Colmore Square. Between Steelhouse Lane and Colmore Row. The first Metro extension passes it.

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Passions: Photography, People & community, Modern Architecture, Landscape architecture, Squares and public spaces
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Millennium+Point+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Millennium Point - A Birmingham Gem!

Millennium Point is a mixed used public venue. Home to Thinktank, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Metropolitan College. There used to be an IMAX cinema here. Opened in 2001.

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Oxford+-+A+wonderful+city+with+a+great+mix+of+modern+architecture+and+historic+builds
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Oxford - A wonderful city with a great mix of modern architecture and historic builds

Here we'd like to introduce you to the wonders of Oxford through features, galleries and (to come) maps and tours. 

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Passions: Modern Architecture, Classic Architecture
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National Trust properties around the West Midlands region

This feature from our community looks at houses and gardens that you can visit in the West Midlands Region that are owned by the National Trust. Take a look, then go and visit.

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Church+Street+Square+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Church Street Square - A Birmingham Gem!

Church Street Square opened in 2012 in the Colmore BID between Edmund St and Cornwall St.

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Dayus+Square%2c+Jewellery+Quarter+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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Dayus Square, Jewellery Quarter - A Birmingham Gem!

Dayus Square is located in the Jewellery Quarter. Originally called Albion Square. It was redeveloped in 2012 and named after local author Kathleen Dayus (1903 - 2003).

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