Birmingham City Centre
Birmingham is the most populous city in the West Midlands. With over 4.3 million inhabitants, it is often known as the UK’s “second city”. From its origins as a simple market town, Birmingham achieved incredible uplift during the Industrial Revolution to become a powerhouse of science, technology and industry.
Much of what you see in Birmingham today is post-war building. The city was heavily bombed during the Second World War, which led to extensive urban regenerations in subsequent decades.
In recent years, many parts of Birmingham have been transformed, with the redevelopment of the Bullring Shopping Centre, Brindleyplace, The Mailbox and the International Convention Centre.
Old streets, buildings and canals have been restored, the pedestrian subways have been removed and the Inner Ring Road has been rationalised.
Today, Birmingham is known for its culture and variety. It is home to some of the greatest creators and inventors. The art galleries showcase the finest local talent, both modern and classic.
And if you step through the door of one of its many museums, you will be greeted by passion and local history just waiting to be shared.
Some of the most popular museums include:
- Lapworth Museum of Geology
- Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford
- Aston Hall
- Cadbury World
- British Motor Museum
And that’s just the start! Birmingham also has a rich musical history.
From the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to the likes of Black Sabbath, Birmingham is best described has having an eclectic taste. Today, you can enjoy the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival or Simmer Down festival for some reggae and Caribbean-inspired food.
Birmingham is home to many national, religious and spiritual festivals including a St. George’s Day party. The Birmingham Tattoo is a long-standing military show held annually at the National Indoor Arena. The UK’s largest two-day Gay Pride is Birmingham Pride, which is typically held over the spring bank holiday weekend in May.
Birmingham is a great city for foodies. It is only one of two cities outside of London to have 4 Michelin starred restaurants: Simpson’s in Edgbaston, Carters of Moseley and Purnell’s and Adam’s in the city centre.
It also has a wide range of breweries, pubs and bars situated in and around Broad Street and Brindleyplace. This is where you will find the best of Birmingham’s nightlife. Many of the clubs are underground, which gives Birmingham’s clubbing scene a distinct flavour of its own.