The most populous British city outside London, Birmingham and its surroundings is both culturally and historically stimulating. Whether youre looking for a day of shopping in the space-age Bullring, or venturing out into the beautiful Black Country, Birmingham is a city where British heritage and modernity meet. Car hire in Birmingham is necessary if you want to escape the hubbub and venture into the countryside. The fascinating Black Country Museum and the Jacobean splendour of Aston Hall are no more than a 15-minute drive away. Although it has more miles of canal than Venice, hiring a car in Birmingham is still the best way to get around.