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About Birmingham

Birmingham is Britain’s second city - the largest outside London, and home to over a million people.

The city is located in the West Midlands, in the heart of an area transformed by the Industrial Revolution - in fact the industrial steam engine was invented in Birmingham by Boulton and Watt.  The city’s proximity to local coal fields was also a factor in its industrialisation.

At one time, thousands of small industrial workshops dominated the city’s economy, serving the demand of one of the largest manufacturing areas in the world.

Today, as manufacturing has declined, the service sector has grown and is now the largest part of the Birmingham economy.  Birmingham’s International Convention Centre, National Indoor Arena and National Exhibition Centre, along with its central location and excellent rail and motorway links have made Birmingham an ideal location for many national events.

There’s a vibrant arts scene in Birmingham - it’s home to the world famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as many excellent theatres.

Visitors will find lots to explore, including the 17th Century interiors at Aston Hall or Soho House - once the home of Matthew Boulton.  Birmingham has an excellent Botanical Gardens - and who could resist a visit to Cadbury World to see how Britain’s favourite chocolate is made?

Shoppers are well catered for with some of the finest shopping facilities in the country including the famous Bullring as well as the Pavilions and Grand Central shopping centres.

The Jewellery quarter is well worth a visit - much of Britain’s jewellery is created here, so there’s a good chance of a bargain, or the opportunity to commission something unique and extra-special.

With one of the most vibrant and diverse selections of restaurants and eateries anywhere in the country, Birmingham is a great place to eat out and discover food from around the world.

As you can see, Britain’s second city has a great deal to offer residents and visitors alike.