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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


Bull Ring:
Bull Ring
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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England (Country Travel Guide)

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

Lonely Planet
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England (Country Travel Guide)
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“Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Manchester United, The Beatles. England does icons like no other place on earth, and travel here is a fascinating mix of famous names and hidden gems.” – David Else, Lonely Planet writer

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You can trust our travel information because Lonely Planet authors visit the places we write about, each and every edition. We never accept freebies for positive coverage, and you can rely on us to tell it like we see it.

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7 months of research in England
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120 maps
108 different real ales
Inspirational photos
Clear, easy-to-use maps
Pull-out city map
3D plans of iconic sights
Comprehensive planning tools
In-depth background

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

By Collins Maps

HarperCollins UK
Spiral-bound (192 pages)

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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.

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

By Collins Maps

HarperCollins UK
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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.

Great Britain: A Traveler’s Guide to the Must-See Cities in Great Britain (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bath, Manchester, York, Cardiff, Leeds, Great Britain Travel Guide)

By Sam Spector

Released: 2015-08-22
Kindle Edition (60 pages)

Great Britain: A Traveler’s Guide to the Must-See Cities in Great Britain (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bath, Manchester, York, Cardiff, Leeds, Great Britain Travel Guide)
 
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Discover the best parts of the must-see cities in Great Britain. Learn the top sights and attractions before you travel with this comprehensive guide.


Read on your PC, Mac, Smart phone, Tablet or Kindle device.

Planning a trip to England, Scotland or Wales? Great choice! If you're considering anything from a short stay to a long trip, Great Britain will provide you with some of the most amazing sights and scenes to be found anywhere. You'll fall in love with Great Britain's diverse landscape, ancient castles and unparalleled culture.

But are you prepared?

To get the most out of your British adventure, you must be well prepared and have some basic knowledge about the country: where to go, what to see and what to do! If you enter Great Britain unprepared and unaware of the many treasures to be discovered and enjoyed, you will not be able to enjoy it to its fullest.

Without the knowledge of exactly what every must-see city has to offer, you will ultimately waste your valuable vacation time planning your next steps instead of discovering exciting, new sights.

In this Great Britain Travel Guide I will give you the best tips and advice that will enable you to get through your British adventure smoothly, and help you to enjoy it to the fullest! I'll provide you with the essential sights and attractions for all of Great Britain's major cities, so that you don't have to waste any of your own time finding out what each city has to offer!

The cities you'll gain access to:


  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Birmingham
  • Liverpool
  • Bath
  • Manchester
  • York
  • Cardiff
  • Leeds


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Lonely Planet Manchester, Birmingham & Around (Travel Guide Chapter)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2016-03-01
Kindle Edition (720 pages)

Lonely Planet Manchester, Birmingham & Around (Travel Guide Chapter)
 
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Lonely Planet Manchester, Birmingham & Around is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you in this region. Have your insides turned upside down at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach, enjoy a Shakespearean performance in the Bard's Tudor hometown Stratford-upon-Avon, or wander the opulent halls and grand gardens of Stamford's Burghley House; all with you trusted travel companion. Begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Manchester, Birmingham & Around:

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  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, arts, food, architecture
  • Useful features - includes Need to Know, First Time, Travel with Children, Top Experiences, Great Outdoors
  • Covers Chester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Blackpool, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and more

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  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience
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  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Manchester, Birmingham & Around is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled in this particular region of England.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet England for a comprehensive look at all that the country has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Note: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images found in the physical edition

Stay Safe Crime Map of Birmingham (England)

By Michael Gard

Stay Safe Maps
Released: 2012-05-20
Kindle Edition (20 pages)

Stay Safe Crime Map of Birmingham (England)
 
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- Has been optimized for the kindle and compatible devices;
- Offers multiple pages of electronic street maps; maps that display in B&W or color according to the e-reader’s specifications;
- Is comprehensible at a moment’s glance, clearly pinpointing the city’s sketchier blocks and neighborhoods;
- Includes detailed personal safety advice.

To read what others think of the series, please check the listing for a companion title: the Stay Safe Crime Map of San Francisco. While on promotion, it attracted over twenty reviews.

This volume maps the more dangerous, higher crime districts of Birmingham, England.

Birmingham Shopping Guide 2018: Best Rated Stores in Birmingham, England - Stores Recommended for Visitors, (Shopping Guide 2018)

By Jenn K Kiernan

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The stores found in this shopping guide are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. Antiques, Art Galleries, Arts & Crafts, Baby Gear & Furniture, Bookstores, Candy Stores, Cards & Stationery, Children's Clothing, Comic Books, Computers, Convenience Stores, Cosmetics & Beauty Supply, Department Stores, Discount Store, Drugstores, Electronics, Fashion, Florists, Furniture Stores, Gift Shops, Grocery, Health Markets, Hobby Shops, Home Decor, Jewelry, Kitchen & Bath, Leather Goods, Lingerie, Maternity Wear, Men's Clothing, Music & DVDs, Organic Stores, Outdoor Gear, Outlet Stores, Shoe Stores, Shopping Centers, Skate Shops, Souvenir Shops, Sporting Goods, Sports Wear, Swimwear, Toy Stores and many more options to visit and enjoy your stay.

Birmingham Top 194 Spots: Travel Guide for 2015 to Birmingham, UK (Local Love British City Guides)

Guidelet England City Travel Guide Books
Released: 2014-11-30
Kindle Edition (215 pages)

Birmingham Top 194 Spots: Travel Guide for 2015 to Birmingham, UK (Local Love British City Guides)
 
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Want an easy-to-read travel guide to Birmingham? This book shows the top 194 spots in this unique destination in United Kingdom.

Local Love Travel Guides work exclusively with local travel experts to guide and help you make the most of your vacation.

Birmingham Top 194 Spots is your menu to all the 'must-visit' spots in this destination in United Kingdom.



Quickly get the lay of the land, understanding all your day, food and night-life options.


Enjoy your days at places like: Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Birmingham New Street Railway Station (BHM), Touchwood Shopping Centre, Jewellery Quarter... amongst 87 more spots.


Enjoy local cuisine at top notch restaurants like: Touchwood Shopping Centre, Bullring Shopping Centre, Tom, Hotel Indigo Bistro... amongst 55 other spots.


Party at local hangouts like: Birmingham Hippodrome, Alexandra Theatre, Hotel Indigo, Brindleyplace... amongst 32 more nightlife spots.




This guide also covers Birmingham spots like shopping areas, museums, parks,outdoor adventures, nightclubs and street foods.

For each and every point of interest you`ll get:


  • Illustrative photo

  • Address and phone

  • Link to your Google Maps

  • Link to Website (when pertinent)

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We don`t stuff our travel content with working hours, credit-cards accepted, nearby transportation and user-reviews as it tends to bulk up the writing and are subject to change since the time of publishing. Once you decide the places you want to visit, these infos can easily be found at your hotel concierge, on-line or on Google Maps.

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Similarly, our philosophy has been that user-reviewed travel sites are subjective, as they tend to top-rank places that manage their reputation on those sites. So little corner bakeries, unique shops by local artisans, secluded beaches and hidden bars don't show up in those sites as visibly as places that have an on-line marketer or social media specialist. Similarly, we believe the opinion of one well-informed local expert should outweigh the opinion of hundreds of first-time visitors to Birmingham. First-time visitors tend to flock to famous tourist attractions, creating a vicious circle, accentuating just the popular places. Our local experts know the entire city, and know what deserves a visit, whether a famous attraction or a quaint corner.



Birmingham Top 194 Spots is the first travel guide to Birmingham you need to read.



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Reisen in England Und Wales, Vol. 1: Birmingham, Liverpool Und Wales (Classic Reprint) (German Edition)

By Johann Georg Kohl

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Birmingham and the Heart of England (Pathfinder Short Walks)

By Dennis R Kelsall

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Birmingham and the Heart of England (Pathfinder Short Walks)
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Britain's second city sits amidst some of the most attractive countryside on the mainland. The city itself might not feature a wealth of green spaces and walking opportunities, but its mix of Victorian Industrial heritage, breathtaking modern revival and contemporary culture is worthy of investigation before venturing to the scenery beyond. Highlights here include walks that feature historic Kenilworth Castle, Mary Arden's House, home of Shakespeare's mother, and Baddesley Clinton. To the north of the city walks near Cannock Chase give onto the landscape of south Staffordshire.


 
 
 

 
 
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