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Birmingham Visitor information

An Introduction to Birmingham

Birmingham, in the West Midlands, is the most populous British city outside London with a population of 1,028,700. Birmingham was the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution in England, which led to it being known as the workshop of the world or the city of a thousand trades. Although Birmingham's industrial importance has declined, it has developed into a national commercial centre, being named as the second-best place in the United Kingdom to locate a business. 

Things to do in Birmingham

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the main art gallery and museum in Birmingham. The council also owns other museums in the city such as Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Soho House, and Sarehole Mill, a popular attraction for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, housed in one of Birmingham's finest Art Deco buildings, is an art gallery and classical music venue and is often termed “one of the finest small art galleries in Europe”

Thinktank in the Eastside is one of the newest museums in the city, replacing the former Science and Industry Museum in Newhall Street. The Birmingham Back to Backs are the last surviving court of back-to-back houses in the city.

There are over 8,000 acres of parkland open spaces in Birmingham, the largest of which is Sutton Park covering 2,400 acres making it the largest urban nature reserve in Europe. Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a Victorian creation, with a conservatory and bandstand, close to the city centre. Winterbourne Botanic Garden, maintained by the University of Birmingham, is also located close to the city centre. Woodgate Valley Country Park is in Bartley Green and Quinton.

The city centre has numerous public squares including Centenary Square and the historic Old Square is located on Corporation Street. Brindley Place consists of three squares and the National Sea Life Centre.

Getting to Birmingham

By Road

Birmingham has direct links to the UK motorways M6, M5, M1, and M40.

By Rail

Birmingham is linked to Central London by frequent rail services. Regular InterCity services leave New Street station for London Euston and from Snow Hill station to London Marylebone. There are rail links running East and West, North and South making Birmingham easy to reach from all parts of the country.

By Coach and bus

Birmingham is the centre of the National Coach Network connecting with 500 destinations. The main bus oeprator in the area is Network West Midlands.

By Air

Birmingham International Airport has two terminals flying to over 40 scheduled destinations. The airport is situated eight miles south-east of Birmingham, just off the M42 motorway. With its own mainline railway station right next door, access to the city centre and London couldn't be easier.

History of Birmingham

In the early 7th century, Birmingham was an Anglo-Saxon farming hamlet on the banks of the River Rea. 

As early as the 16th century, Birmingham's access to supplies of iron ore and coal meant that metalworking industries became established. By the time of the English Civil War in the 17th century, Birmingham had become an important manufacturing town with a reputation for producing small arms. Arms manufacture in Birmingham became a staple trade and was concentrated in the area known as the Gun Quarter.

By the 1820s, an extensive canal system had been constructed, giving greater access to natural resources to fuel to industries. Railways arrived in Birmingham in 1837 with the arrival of the Grand Junction Railway, and a year later, the London and Birmingham Railway. During the Victorian era, the population of Birmingham grew rapidly to well over half a million and Birmingham became the second largest population centre in England. Birmingham was granted city status in 1889 by Queen Victoria.The city established its own university in 1900.

During World War II's Birmingham Blitz the city suffered heavy bomb damage and was extensively redeveloped during the 1950s and 1960s. In recent years, Birmingham has been transformed, with the construction of new areas like Centenary Square and Millennium Place. Old streets, buildings and canals have been restored, the pedestrian subways have been removed, and the Bull Ring shopping centre has been completely redeveloped.

Reviews For Birmingham

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I was very impressed with the accommodation, the duvet was lovely and fluffy, and I was surprised at how clean the place was. It was a bit of a walk from campus but it made up for it having some complimentary biscuits on arrival. Thank you very much, and I will be recommending you to my friends. Georgia Emblen

(Review Of Elgar Court, Birmingham)

A warm welcome and friendly check-in. Duvet and covers were provided after asking for them but kitchen was not furnished with any cooking devices apart from microwave, oven and boiler: no cutlery, no cup or glass - self-catering made difficult by this.

(Review Of Belgrave View (Campus Accommodation), Birmingham)

It is a while (several years) since I visited Aston Hall as we are no longer in the area, but used to live fairly close by and it is a jewel in Birmingham's crown- well worth a visit! I was particularly interested in the cannon ball damage to the main staircase - from the civil war! (The cannon ball was still there if my memory serves me correctly!) I hope it is still as good as when I visited

(Review Of Aston Hall)

I really could not fault the whole experience. The room was spotless, the bed was comfortable, the en-suite facilities were splendid and the kitchen was far better equipped than at home! All those with whom I came into contact were helpful and friendly. If only things had been half as good when I was a student - several years ago!

(Review Of Jarratt Hall, Birmingham)

I didn't like that I had to create an account with ask4 to have internet. As it is for 4 weeks and I left Maple Bank after 2 days I don't know if I have to cancel it or it was automatically cancelled when I left. There wasn't enough information about it.

(Review Of Maple Bank, Birmingham)

Room was great, as was booking online. Only areas open to improvement would be the absence of cutlery in the kitchen and the overly complicated sign-up process for internet use.

(Review Of Elgar Court, Birmingham)

Very basic accommodation, but good value for money. Location is actually quite a decent walk from the university where I was attending a conference, which was fine for me but not appropriate for others who had mobility problems.

(Review Of Elgar Court, Birmingham)

Secure parking was good and when a smoke alarm sounded in the room in the middle of the night a new battery fitted by staff, solved the problem in minutes Spectacular city view

(Review Of Belgrave View (Campus Accommodation), Birmingham)

Excellent value for a modern en-suite room (nearly) in the city centre, including use of kitchen and gym. The room was very clean but unfortunately the kitchen wasn't (previous guests had used it and left their stuff lying around). However this is a hall of residence not a hotel, and even a budget hotel would have been at least twice the price I paid!

(Review Of Belgrave View (Campus Accommodation), Birmingham)
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