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Birmingham


Birmingham is a city in the West Midlands region of England in the UK. As of 2005, Birmingham had an estimated population of 1,001,200. People from Birmingham, are known throughout the UK as "Brummies", after the city's nickname of "Brum".


Key Facts about Birmingham


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Here are some facts about Birmingham:
  1. Birmingham lies within the West Midlands conurbation, the third largest urban area (after the Greater London and Greater Manchester urban areas) in the United Kingdom.

  2. People from Birmingham are nicknamed "Brummies", and the city is nicknamed "Brum". These names derive from the area's distinctive dialect of English, known as Brummagem.

  3. Birmingham historically grew as a manufacturing and engineering center. Today however, the city's economy is dominated by the service sector, including public administration, education, health, as well as financial services such as banking, finance, and insurance. Additionally, tourism forms an increasingly important part of Birmingham's economy.

  4. Birmingham also has a large retail sector, including the United Kingdom's busiest shopping center (the Bull Ring), and Britain's largest department store outside of London (House of Fraser on Corporation Street).

  5. Birmingham is a major transport hub on road, rail, and canal networks.

  6. Birmingham is served by four motorways (the M5, the M6, the M40, and the M42), and is home to Britain's most famous motorway junction: Spaghetti Junction.

  7. Birmingham Airport is just 6 miles (10 kilometers) to the East of the city center.

  8. Balti, a type of curry, was invented in Birmingham. If you visit Birmingham, and you want to try this, then you should probably visit The Balti Triangle - an area South of the city center, around Ladypool Road, Stoney Lane and Stratford Road, where many Balti houses are located.


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Birmingham & the Heart of England - No. 3 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)

By Collins Maps

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The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and central England. Covered in this guide are: Ashby Canal; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal; Coventry Canal; Erewash Canal; Grand Union Canal (Main Line, Leicester Section and the River Soar); Oxford Canal, North; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, North; Stratford-on-Avon Canal, North; Worcester & Birmingham Canal, North; and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey® maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included – ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for over 40 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain’s canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain’s inland waterways – from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's – The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

Birmingham (England) - Wink Travel Guide

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Birmingham, in the West Midlands, is Britain's second-largest city. Known in the Victorian era as the "City of a Thousand Trades" and the "Workshop of the World", Brum as locals call the city, is enjoying a 21st-century resurgence as a great shopping and cultural destination.

The nearby locations of Shropshire, Warwick, and Stratford-Upon-Avon provide more of the stereotypical images of "olde" England. However, Birmingham has many of its own tourist attractions, has an extremely lively night life, and the shopping is arguably one of the best outside of London.

Birmingham was at the heart of the UK's industrial revolution, and its wealth was built upon the multitude of trades that were spawned. This led to a massive canal network, with more miles of canals than Venice or Amsterdam (though they're very different types of canal).

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.

Fodor's Essential Great Britain: with the Best of England, Scotland & Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-12-18
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Great Britain is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to England, Scotland, Wales and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Great Britain travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring some of the most exciting parts of Europe.

Great Britain remains a perennial favorite with travelers who come for the busy streets of London, the cozy thatched-roof villages of the Cotswolds, and the wild moors and lochs of Scotland. From Edinburgh to Cardiff, discover worthwhile destinations and savvy travel tips with the full-color Fodor's Essential Great Britain. Our selective collection of the best of England, Scotland, and Wales will guarantee you make the most of your trip.

Fodor’s Essential Great Britain includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated top attractions and experiences in every region of Great Britain from Scotland to England to Wales―from cities to great castles to stately homes to quaint country villages―with plenty of new options for dining, lodging, shopping, and nightlife.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide highlights the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Great Britain to inspire you.
    •PULLOUT MAP AND DETAILED MAPS: A handy PULLOUT map will help you navigate on the go. Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich, full-color features invite you to experience the best of Great Britain. Colorful spotlight features on British food, Welsh castles, Roman relics, and more provide insight into contemporary life as well as the past.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan and make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSIBLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Our Great Britain Planner offers transportation information and money-saving tips. Each city or regional chapter contains an orientation map that also highlights the top reasons to visit; a Planning section suggests best times to go and how to organize your trip within the region and get around. Throughout the guide, clear, easy-to-read maps show covered sights and key roads.
    •SPECIAL EVENTS COVERAGE: Every summer, the Edinburgh Festival draws lovers of music, theater, and comedy while Hogmanay is the most Scottish way to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
    •COVERS: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Manchester, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Wales, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, and more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Looking for more guides about Great Britain? Check out Fodor’s England, Fodor’s Scotland, and Fodor’s London.

Birmingham: Cities, Sights And Other Places You NEED To Visit (Great Britain, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester) (Volume 3)

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Birmingham; Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need To Visit

Birmingham part of Great Brittain which is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Comprising of four Nations, it is without a second thought, the most popular country to spend your holidays with your loved ones. Right from the great food of different cultures to various exotic and thrilling tourist spots, this is the dream destination for the majority of the people all around the world. This country has a great diversity of culture and modernity which makes this place a must visit for each and everyone at least once in their lifetime. Situated in the North Western region of Europe, the United Kingdom gives you the birthplace of some of the most renowned personalities ever born in this world. So without delay check out this fascinating nation and explore the several amazing landmarks, natural scenery, museums and other places of sightseeing with your family and friends. Have a great trip!


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Severn, Avon & Birmingham No. 2 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)

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The number 1 choice for all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and the River Severn. Covered in this guide are the River Avon; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Droitwich Canals; Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and the River Severn; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal; Stourbridge and Dudley Canals; Stratford-on-Avon Canal; Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal; and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey® maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included – ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for over 40 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain’s canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain’s inland waterways – from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's – The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

United Kingdom: Travel for kids: The fun way to discover UK - Kids' Travel Guide (Travel Guide For Kids)

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England (Country Travel Guide)

By David Else, Joe Bindloss, Marc Di Duca, Peter Dragicevich & Neil Wilson

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England (Country Travel Guide)
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Historic England: Birmingham: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England

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This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest major cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Birmingham’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites.

The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts.

Birmingham has long been an important centre in the West Midlands but during the Industrial Revolution it grew to become England’s second city. The myriad of manufacturing businesses in Birmingham created a dynamic local economy and the city prospered. Although the town was heavily bombed in the Second World War and its infrastructure was badly damaged, the city was redeveloped post-war, with many areas being rebuilt from scratch. Birmingham continued to be regenerated in subsequent decades and today it is a powerful commercial city of international importance.


 
 
 

 
 
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