Area Guide: Birmingham
BIG, BOLD CITY OF BIRMINGHAM…!
Birmingham is a large city situated in the West Midlands region of England. Known to many as a manufacturing powerhouse, the city is enriched in history with several industrial revolution landmarks dotted throughout the city.
It’s also home to a large network of canals, many of which begin from Sherborne Wharf. An added bonus are the lines of trendy cafes and bars running along each canal, providing a superb place to relax with loved ones or for those hoping to party on down at night.
The city centre offers a lot of entertainment – take for example the Victoria Birmingham Museum and Art gallery which is known for its pre-Raphaelite masterpieces. Other examples include go-karting, room escape games and the National Sea Life Centre where you can get up close and personal with a range of exotic fish. The activities and forms of entertainment are truly endless.
Birmingham through the ages…
Birmingham has evolved so much over the centuries, particularly during the industrial ages with the creation of small workshops which manufactured iron goods. They were also known for their production of raw material, soon referred to as the Black Country by the antiquary John Leland who travelled through Birmingham in 1538.
Birmingham continued to thrive throughout the years and into the 17th century where lower-skilled trades (i.e. nail, scythe and bridle) moved west. This allowed Birmingham to focus on much higher-skilled trades which brought more profit to the city.
The city continued to thrive throughout the 17th century with a very stable trade industry. By the 18th century, Birmingham became know worldwide for pioneering certain developments in science, technology, medicine, philosophy and natural history with prominent figures such as Joseph Priestley, James Keir and Matthew Boulton coming together to form the Lunar Society of Birmingham.
Direct train links from Birmingham to London, Euston and Marylebone station. The journey is roughly around 1 – 2 hours long
Commuting within Birmingham is just as easy as it is in London as there are several bus and train routes running throughout the city.
Places of Interest:
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
- Ikon Gallery
- Symphony Hall
- Soho House Birmingham
- Genting Arena
- Victoria Square
- New Alexandra Theatre and much more
Birmingham City Council
Travelling by Car?:
M40 and M6
- The Abbey RC Junior and Infant School
- Oasis Academy Boulton
- Arden Primary School
- Arden Primary School
- Woodgate Primary School and so much more
Things to do
Why not visit Cadbury world and find out how the famous brand produce their chocolate (and taste a batch of your own of course) or perhaps you’d like to stroll around one of the many exciting museums and art galleries on offer to the public. Birmingham is also known for its vibrant nightlife with plenty of bars and clubs available for different crowds.
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