10 of the best things about Birmingham

Birmingham is the geographical heart of England, beginning life in the sixth century as an Anglo-Saxon village. It now boasts a population of over a million people with 45% of residents under the age of 30, giving the UK’s second city, the youngest populace in Britain.

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City

If you have never visited this growing city, it is positioned in the centre of the West Midlands region of England. The city is located on the high ground known as the Birmingham plateau and is the crossing point of the national railway and motorway systems. Birmingham is approximately 110 miles northwest of London and is England’s principal industrial and commercial area.

Canals

The city is undergoing a regeneration scheme with £450 million spent on the five canals which meander through the city, offering tranquil areas to enjoy but also busy bars and restaurants.

Shopping

The Bullring in the city centre offers everything the shopper will ever need with over 160 brands and desirable retailers to explore.

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Eating

You will never struggle to find somewhere to eat in Birmingham, with over 50 restaurants alone in the city centre, with at least four Michelin stars included.

Parks

Surprisingly, there are 57 parks in Birmingham covering over 9,000 acres, more than any other European city, offering green and leafy areas to walk and relax.

Literary

Birmingham’s claim to fame is the connection with JRR Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s parents were both from Birmingham and it is believed that certain areas of Birmingham provided the inspiration for some of the settings in these works.

Films

Four blockbuster movies have been filmed in the area bringing the famous Steven Spielberg and Michael Keating to the city.

History

Birmingham houses many historic buildings with £500 million being spent to improve the beauty and surroundings of former Paradise Place.

Hotels

There are world-class hotels and apartments available for your stay including serviced apartments Birmingham No.8 Waterloo Street apartments giving the tourists plenty of choice.

Airport

Access to this great city is available from the motorway systems or from Birmingham International Airport. Flights between Birmingham and London take around 42 minutes and with the new HS2 network opening in 2026, Birmingham will be better connected to all parts of the UK and the rest of the world.

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