The largest district of the West Midlands, Birmingham is a bustling city that’s chock-full of culture. Famous for its network of canals (100 miles of them, no less), it also boasts landmarks such as the Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Cadbury World. Sherlock author Arthur Conan Doyle worked in the city for a short period, and J. R. R. Tolkien grew up in the area. The Birmingham theatre scene is a thriving hub which comprises over 15 performance venues. The Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Opera Company have both developed an international reputation for their acclaimed works for the stage. Alexandra Theatre (fondly nicknamed The Alex) sits in the heart of the city. It hosts top touring productions from London's West End and across the UK.