Birmingham is a bustling and beautiful place to live, work and visit for a city break. Be it business or leisure, here are some fun facts so you can get to know the city before arrival:
The board game Cluedo was created by a man from Birmingham. There is a plaque on the wall of the home he used to live in, on Brighton Road, just 2 miles from the city centre.
1.1 million people call Birmingham home and is among the most diverse cities in the UK. We are proud that we have people who live here from every continent on Earth and Birmingham acts as a brilliant example of how people from different backgrounds can live happily together.
JRR Tolkien penned the iconic Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books while living in Birmingham. The infamous Twin Towers in the story were inspired by Edgbaston’s water works! For travel to Birmingham from Ireland, visit Irish Airports like https://irelandwestairport.com/
Rev. Wilbert Awdry wrote the Thomas the Tank Engine books here.
Famous musicians who hail from the city include UB40, Duran Duran, Jamelia and Ozzy Osbourne. Some more famous names from the city include Cat Deeley, ex F1 racer Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker, the comedian Jasper Carrot and Tony Hitchcock.
The city gets its name from the followers of Inga of Birm, way back in the year 700 A.D. They formed the hamlet, hence the name Birm-ing-ham.
Birmingham has the largest proportion of parks in any of the European cities.
It has more canals than Venice and is the centre of the British canal network. Channels range from taking you high above a house on the outskirts of the city to far below the buildings in the city center and offering some beautiful views. The photo below shows the clock tower in Birmingham Uni as seen from the canal.
Birmingham has one of the busiest Mcdonald’s on the planet and one of only a handful that actually remain open on Christmas Day.
Cadbury chocolate is made in the city, not far from Birmingham University.
Birmingham is the most landlocked city in England. The nearest beach is about 120 miles from the city center in Weston-super-Mare, known locally as Birmingham-by-the-sea because of the many Brummies that go there every year.
An area next to Birmingham named Solihull got the name from its original name “Soily Hill”. It’s the hill where the Birmingham people threw their soil!
Birmingham was once the largest producer of weapons in the UK and parts of the city close to the city centre are called the “weapons quarter”
Birmingham city council is the largest council in Europe.
The city boasts a big and prestigious hospital, the Queen Elizabeth II.
The hospital specializes in treating burns and help virtually all soldiers wounded while serving abroad in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The city also boasts a globally recognised and leading children’s hospital.
The shopping complex called the Bull Ring is among the biggest in Europe and is home to the iconic Birmingham Bull, a well-known symbol of the city.