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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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Books about Birmingham

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Birmingham & the Heart of England (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides)

By Collins Maps

HarperCollins UK
Spiral-bound (256 pages)

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This guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and central England. Colour Ordnance Survey maps clearly show locks, towpaths and boating facilities. Also featured are navigational notes as well as descriptions of the towns and villages, pubs and restaurants alongside the waterways.

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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“Which is the bad side of town?”

As a stranger in a strange place, we’ve all asked the question.

Now, the Stay Safe series provides streetwise travelers with clear, at-the-fingertips answers.

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- Has been carefully researched, employing governmental, law enforcement and other data;
- 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.

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

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)

  • And a quick explanation as to why it deserves a visit.

No needless fluff, no boring anthropological lessons! Just everything we love!

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.

It quickly helps you define your short-list of places you want to visit, so you don`t have to spend hours reading hundreds of pages of dense writing. All for less than the price of a sandwich.

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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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“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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