When you think about cities like Birmingham in the West Midlands, you might first imagine billowing smoke stacks. Yet the city holds Builring which is the largest retail mall in Europe. If you stay for an early July weekend, West Midlands is host to the Birmingham International Jazz Festival. An interesting attractions is the Coventry Transport Museum. Coventry is where the British cycle and auto industries began and the museum contains many related exhibits. The ancient Coventry Cathedral ruins left by World War II bombs are right next door to a spectacular new cathedral built in 1956. You can visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or Blakesley Hall built in 1590. After a day of sightseeing, you can enjoy the nightlife and traditional English fare at one of the many pubs.