Birmingham

Welcome to Birmingham

Alongside Birmingham’s picturesque canals, waterside attractions, outstanding museums and galleries is an explosion of gastronomic restaurants, cool and/or secret cocktail bars and craft breweries. Thriving legacies of the city’s industrial heritage include its Jewellery Quarter, Cadbury manufacturing plant and former custard factory turned cutting-edge creative hub.And in 2022, Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games. ‘Brum’, as it’s locally dubbed, is buzzing.

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Regeneration, renewal and grand-scale construction continue apace in Britain’s second-largest city. A state-of-the-art library, gleaming shopping centre atop revitalised New St station and beautifully restored Victorian buildings are just some of the successful initiatives of its Big City Plan, following on from the striking Mailbox and Bullring shopping malls and iconic Selfridges building’s ‘bubblewrapped’ facade. Work is underway on extensions to the Metro (light rail/tram) network, and on the centrepiece Paradise development’s new hotels, public spaces, and glitzy residential and commercial buildings, with final completion due in 2025.

A market town in the medieval period, Birmingham grew in the 18th century Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw advances in science, technology, and economic development, producing a series of innovations that laid many of the foundations of modern industrial society. By 1791 it was being hailed as “the first manufacturing town in the world”. Birmingham’s distinctive economic profile, with thousands of small workshops practising a wide variety of specialised and highly skilled trades, encouraged exceptional levels of creativity and innovation and provided an economic base for prosperity that was to last into the final quarter of the 20th century. The Watt steam engine was invented in Birmingham.

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