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The Birmingham district of Edgbaston is well worth a visit for it has several tourist attractions withing it.

These include the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Midlands Arts Centre, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and of course the most famous attraction of all, the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

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Edgbaston is one of Brimingham's outer districts, located to the south of the city centre.

It was originally a country estate, presided over by the Calthorpes. In the 19th century the family insisted that the area was not taken over by the industrial estates that dominated so many other parts of the city, and to this day there is little sign of industrialisation in the district.

As a result Edgbaston is one of Birmingham's few leafy, residential areas, and there is still an air of exclusiveness to the district.

Today Edgbaston is best known for being home to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, but the district is also home to Birmingham's Botanical Gardens, the Midlands Arts Centre and Birmingham University.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Birmingham, Edgbaston, Warwickshire County Cricket Club logo, 2K One of the most famous attractions in the district of Edgbaston is the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to the Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

The Club is one of the foremost cricket clubs in England, and the grounds in Edgbaston have been staging Test Matches since 1902.

The last decade has been particularly good for Warwickshire County Cricket Club - the club has won seven trophies since 1993. And in 1994 Brian Lara scored a world record of 501 not out.

1999 is another important year for the club, with 5 Cricket World Cup matches being held at Edgbaston.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, 9K Birmingham's Botanical Gardens are located in the south Birmingham district of Edgbaston.

The gardens were founded in the 1832 century as a private pleasure garden, designed by J. C Louden, who was a leading horticulturist at the time.

However, they quickly grew into a botanical garden and were soon opened to the public.

Today there are some 15 acres of trees, shrubs and ponds, with several tropical glasshouses in between.

The plant collection is considered to be one of the best in the country with hundreds of different species from all around the world featured.

The displays are set up to be informative and educational, and there are areas designed to specifically appeal to children. In addition, throughout the year the gardens hold a variety of events, educational programs and special days so there should be something for everyone.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are open daily from 9am to 7pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 10am to 8pm on Sundays. Admission costs around £4.50 for adults.

Midlands Arts Centre

This innovative arts centre is situated in the Birmingham district of Edgbaston, close to the Cricket Ground.

There are three stages in the centre and the performances vary from dance and drama to music and film.

Performances tend to be more cutting edge than mainstream, but they generally receive good reviews.

Birmingham Nature Centre

Birmingham Nature Centre, Birmingham, 15K
This excellent centre, located in the district of Edgebaston, offers kids the ideal opportunity to learn all about British and European wildlife.

The centre covers over six acres and has over 130 species of animals and birds, both domestic and wild - you can meet everything from otters, deer and owls to pigs and goats - and peacocks!.

The Birmingham Nature Centre is open daily between April and October from 10am to 5pm. At other times of the year it open on Sundays only from 10am to 4pm.

Admission costs around £1.50 for adults, but great news for families, children get in free!

University of Birmingham

Birmingham University is located at the southern end of the city, in the district of Edgbaston.

The campus is dominated by a 300ft clock tower, which can be seen from miles away, and so the University has become a well-known city landmark.

For tourists the main reason to visit Birmingham University is the excellent Barber Institute of Fine Arts, one of the best art galleries in the city.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Situated a few miles from Birmingham City Centre, in the district of Edgbaston, this small art gallery is run by the University of Birmingham.

It was founded in 1932 by Lady Barber, who was married to a wealthy Birmingham businessman.

The building was built between 1935 and 1939 by leading British architect Robert Atkinson. And it is considered by many to be one of the best examples of 1930s architecture.

As well as for the architecture, it is well worth visiting the Barber Institute for its paintings. For although small, the collection includes some excellent pieces by big names such as Gainsborough, Rubens, Monet, Turner, Renoir and van Gogh.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is open daily from 10am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays.

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