Key to the City™, Birmingham.

Birmingham and the West Midlands

Bullring, Birmingham
Bullring, Birmingham (Photo: Not So Big Media)

The city of a thousand trades, Birmingham has grown from a minor market town to become the manufacturing heart of Britain. It is now shaking off its 1960s concrete shell to become one of the UK's most modern cities.

New developments such as the Bullring, Grand Central, Eastside and Paradise Place are reversing the planning mistakes of the past and creating a new shopping and leisure destination. Over 100 miles of canals were built during the industrial revolution to transport the city's many goods. Now these canals are leisure attractions in themselves, creating pathways for nature through the city's streets.

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The Lowdown on Birmingham

Library of Birmingham
Library of Birmingham

Information to get you started

Birmingham is a working city and the second biggest city in the country after London. Known for its industrial history, the city was at the centre of manufacturing in the UK. In this section we'll give you an outline of how the city works.

The Birmingham Story

Boulton, Watt and Murdoch Statue, Birmingham
Boulton, Watt and Murdoch Statue, Birmingham

Famous places and faces

Knowing the story of Birmingham will hopefully help you enjoy the city more. In this section we will dive into the past, including Birmingham's origins as a major manufacturer, and look at the people of Birmingham who made the city famous. More articles coming soon.

Birmingham Civic Pride

John F. Kennedy Mosaic Wall, Birmingham

Articles and news stories

This is our news and features section. In the coming months we hope to feature articles about Birmingham from local writers, bloggers and journalists. We hope that this will give visitors a better insight to the city.

Birmingham Amenities

Corporation Street, Birmingham

Local facilities

In this section we'll look at what useful amenities are available including wifi, communication, media, health and safety.