Birmingham is one of the United Kingdom’s largest cities, located in the West Midlands. The center of the city is the natural starting place for most of the main sights and attractions. One of the nicest walks to take in town is from the International Convention Center and Symphony Hall to the Bull Ring Shopping Center, approximately 20 minutes away. Birmingham also has an excellent network of canals that are great pedestrian routes of their own. One of the best canal routes is to ride from International Convention Center eastward to The Mailbox, a collection of shops and restaurants. Another nice walk in the city center is the so-called Floral Trail which can be taken from The Mailbox to St. Paul’s Square, and is best taken during the summer months. Birmingham is not known for being an especially beautiful city, but it has a lot to offer by way of museums and historical attractions. Aston Hall is a restored Jacobean mansion built in the 17th century which is the site of a biannual Christmas festival where the entire grounds are lit only with candles. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a large museum with a nice collection of artwork from around the United Kingdom, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts houses a smaller collection including many Raphael paintings. No visit to Birmingham would be complete without a visit to Cadbury World, a huge chocolate factory that his home to famous Cadbury company.