Aston Villa is one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England having won the first Division Championship 7 times along with the FA Cup 7 times. They are also 1 of the 4 teams to win the European Cup, which they achieved in 1982.It is the fourth most successful team in English history, winning 21 major honours, although most of these were won before the 2 world war, with their recent winning being in 1996. The clubs traditional kit colours are claret shirts with blue and white sleeves, white shorts and sky blue socks. Their traditional crest is of a rampant gold lion on a sky blue background with the clubs motto prepared underneath. The home venue for the club is Villa Park which is classed as a 4 star rated stadium, making it Midlands's largest football stadium and the eighth largest in England .
Birmingham airport is an international airport south-east of Birmingham city centre in the borough of Solihull, it is the sixth busiest airport in England, with 2 very large passenger terminals and 1 international cargo terminal. Birmingham Airport a very popular with European holiday makers who find it very easy to get to via the M42 motorway links.
Birmingham has a large selection of duty free shops from clothes to alcohol & cigarettes.
Plans are underway for the expansion to the major runways in time for the 2012 London Olympics, with the airport expansion there will be sufficient demand for long range direct services operated by aircraft whose operation would be constrained by the current runway. This will increase destinations to the East Coast, Midwest of North America, in the gulf and Middle East or the South Asian sub-continent.
Birmingham's Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens was designed b J.C Loudon a horticultural journalist and a leading garden planner. The area consists of 15 acres of bliss, a perfect family day out to enjoy beauty peace and tranquility. With excellent visitor facilities enjoy nature at its best, discovering the importance of plants to mankind.
Set in the most beautiful landscaped gardens in Britain, this is the most perfect settings for; lunches, dinners, dinner dances, cocktails and weddings. You can even hold your civil wedding ceremony and reception at the gardens.
The NEC is an exhibition centre situated in Solihull near Birmingham, near junction 6 of the M 42 motorway it's alongside Birmingham International Airport. It has 21 inter-connected halls, set in grounds of 628 acres, making it the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe. NEC is the host to large music concerts and is a popular venue for touring Acts, averaging 5 million visitors a year. From 1978-2004 it was host to the British International Motors how. The NEC also hosts the Clothes Show live each year, with high street fashions and runway shows. Major sporting events also take place at the venue such as the Horse of the Year Show and the British Show Jumping Championships.