ZipTipz Birmingham Travel Guide

Once named "The City of 1,001 Trades", industrial Birmingham has re-invented itself as a prime tourist and business location. It's situated in the heart of England, an area famous for Shakespearean connections and beautiful countryside.

District Guide

Welcome to Birmingham, the UK's second city. It's a city of mixed cultures, creeds and lifestyles and has recently become the fashionable place to set up a business or to hold a conference. But it still retains great pride in being a city built on industr...

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Historical Background

Even back in the middle ages Birmingham was developing as a centre of industry. Metalwork has long been just one of the inhabitants' many skills, no doubt assisted by the seemingly endless quantities of coal and iron to hand. Over the centuries, craftsmen and their small workshops concentrated...

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Where To Stay

Accommodation in Birmingham tends to form in three clusters, which are based around the city centre, the Five Ways roundabout & Hagley Road (A456), and in the area around the airport and the NEC.

The city centre offers the widest choice of accommodatio...

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Dining and Drinking

Birmingham city centre offers a first-rate selection of places to dine. Evenings and weekends see locals, students and visitors gravitate towards the centre of town looking for gastronomic fulfilment, and the choice on offer will not disappoint. Practically every nationality is represented by...

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Birmingham today has finally shed its image as a cultural wasteland and is fast gaining a reputation as an exciting and entertaining place to live. The city centre boasts theatres, museums, shops, galleries and many, many great places to eat. From visiting the famous Cadbury World in Bournville,...

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Recommended Tours

Cannon Hill Park off Pershore and Edgbaston Road is the most famous park in Birmingham. There's a bandstand and concert area, a boating lake, and the Midland Arts Centre, which has a cinema, a theatre and regular exhibitions. There's a nature centre with animals, spiders and snakes and often...

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Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. Birmingham is the largest of England's core cities, and is generally considered to be the UK's second city. The city's reputation was forged as a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, a fact which led to Birmingham being known as "the workshop of the world" or the "city of a thousand trades".

The City of Birmingham has a population of 1,001,200 (2005 estimate) . It forms part of the larger West Midlands conurbation, which has a population of 2,284,093 (2001 census) and includes several neighbouring towns and cities, such as Solihull, Wolverhampton and the towns of the Black Country.

People from Birmingham are known as 'Brummies', a term derived from the city's nickname of Brum. This comes in turn from the city's dialect name, Brummagem, which is derived from an earlier name of the city, 'Bromwicham'. There is a distinctive Brummie dialect and accent.

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