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Brindley Place is an excellent place to head for if you are sightseeing around Birmingham.

Not only is it home to the excellent National Sea Life Centre and the Ikon Gallery, it is also a good starting point from which to explore the city's superb canals.

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Brindley Place

This part of Birmingham's city centre can be found just to the west of the International Convention Centre.

Brindley Place takes its name from the 18th century industrialist James Brindley who built much of Birmingham's extensive canal system.

In recent years the place has been at the centre of Birmingham's extensive programme of rejuvenation. As a result there are plenty of waterside bars, restaurants and shopping arcades around, making Brindley Place a lovely area to just wander and browse in.

It is also an excellent place from which to explore Birmingham's superb canal system.

Tourist attractions in Brindley Place include the Ikon Gallery and the National Sea Life Centre.

National Sea Life Centre

Birmingham, National Sea Life Centre Logo, 4K
This excellent aquarium is located in Brindley Place, just west of Birmingham's International Convention Centre.

The National Sea Life Centre is well worth a visit for it is home to the world's first completely transparent underwater walkway that means there are fish, rays and even sharks swimming all around.

In addition there are feeding demonstrations, presentations and even the opportunity to get close to and touch several species of fish and crustaceans - a sure winner with children.

The National Sea Life Centre is open daily from 10am. For further information and for prices please contact the National Sea Life Centre on 0121 643 6777.

Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, 4K The Ikon Gallery is a small art gallery located in Brindley Place in the city centre, just to the south of New Street.
The gallery specialises in contemporary art and it is regarded by many as one of the best modern art galleries in the country, if not Europe.

Exhibitions change regularly and feature artists from both the UK and abroad. And most importantly they are usually free.

The Ikon Gallery is open daily except Mondays, from 11am to 7pm Tuesdays to Fridays and from 11am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.

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