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 Layout of Birmingham
We think that the easiest way to find your way around a city is to choose a centre point and then divide the city into smaller districts. For Birmingham our centre point is the main entrance to the Bullring which is sited at the junction of New Street and High Street. From here you can get to anywhere in the city centre within fifteen minutes.
We have divided Birmingham into five districts, and each district is divided into smaller chunks too. The areas are: the City Centre, quite compact with many of Birmingham's main attractions including the Bullring shopping centre; Westside, the city's leisure suburb and home to Broad Street, The Mailbox and Brindleyplace; the Inner City, home to the Jewellery Quarter, Digbeth and Birmingham's independent retailers; the Birmingham Suburbs, the outskirts of the city with good motorway access and ideal for business travellers; and finally the Black Country - Wolverhampton, Dudley and West Bromwich. For simplicity, we have included Solihull and parts of some other counties within the Birmingham Suburbs region.