West Midlands is a metropolitan county. Bullring in Birmingham was a market in the middle ages, and is now currently one of the busiest shopping centres in the country. The Birmingham hippodrome is the home stage for the Birmingham Royal Ballet company. The Chinese quarter is located in Southside. Many of the buildings have Chinese architectural features and art, including Chinese style roofs and wall murals. The prominent landmark is a 7 storey granite pagoda, surrounded by Chinese gardens and sculptures. Cadbury World on the Bournville manufacturing site, is a visitor attraction created by the Cadbury chocolate company.
Coventry is a city and the 9th largest in the UK. Coventry cathedral is one if the newer cathedrals in the world and is Coventry\' most famous landmark. The original building was largely destroyed by German bombers during the second world war, and the new cathedral was opened in 1962 next to the ruins of the old. The motor industry was born in Coventry and the area is still at the heart of this industry. The heritage motor centre has the largest collection of British-made road vehicles.
Sutton Coldfield is a royal town in the city of Birmingham and the town has historical connections to the Royal family. Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. It has a mix of heathland, marshes, lakes and woodland, as well as several restaurants, a visitor centre and a donkey sanctuary. The park was a Royal forest. The land was given to the people by Henry V111. Charcoal burning took place in the park, and it is said to have given Sutton Coldfield the second part of its name.
West Bromwich is part of the Black Country. The main industry in the area in the 19th century was coal mining and steel mills. It was thought that the area got its name because of pollution from these industries that covered the area in black soot. The Black Country museum in Dudley recreates life here in the early 20th century and is a popular tourist attraction.