The History of Birmingham in a Nutshell

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city, yet the most people ever get to see of it is the notorious spaghetti junction, south of Birmingham. This fascinating article looks at the City and it’s rich history dating back to the 7th century.
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Feb. 22, 2012 - PRLog -- When most of us hear the name Birmingham, we automatically think of the Bull Ring shopping centre, a Brummie accent and the heart of the British Midlands. But did you also know that it spans 1400 years of growth.

If you are planning a visit to the Midlands why not check into a hotel in Birmingham and make a weekend of it as there is so much to do.

Birmingham’s origins date back to the Anglo Saxons in the 7th Century. Through immigration, innovation and local pride, social and economic reforms were made that created the Industrial Revolution, which in turn inspired growth in other cities around the world.

In 200 years Birmingham had gone from a market town to the fastest-growing city of the 19th century. By the 20th century it had became home to major industries such as manufacturing and cars.

Records show that in 1538 the population of Birmingham was 1,300, in 2010 that figure was 1,036,900.

So as you sip your glass of Merlot in the comfort of one of the many Hotels in Birmingham, rest assured that you are situated in a city that has seen massive growth in all areas.

According to the Office for National Statistics, one third of the population of Birmingham is from an ethnic group other than white and the largest age-related sector of the population is in their twenties.

One of the reasons for the population increase in Birmingham is thought to be because of more births, fewer deaths and international migration, says the ONS. It also believes that the population will grow to 1.1 million in 2018 and 1.17 million in 2028.

If you want to eat out in the city you’ll find excellent Asian restaurants among the more traditional fare. The city’s most famous culinary claim is that it is the home of the Balti – and there are more than 50 restaurants in the Balti Triangle. Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter is another place to visit.

In fact, it is said there are in total over 500 places to eat in Birmingham and for any kind of budget. There are also 11 cinemas in Birmingham itself with many more in the surrounding areas, so if you can’t find the film you are looking for... well you’ve missed the boat and you’ll just have to wait until it’s out on DVD.

And when I did an online check for leisure centres, there were 159 listings! You may even find swimming and other sports facilities in the Birmingham South Hotels plus elsewhere in the city.

If museums are what take your fancy, take your pick from some 60 of them and plenty more outside the city boundaries, such as the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley in the West Midlands.

Many visitors arrive for conferences at the National Exhibition Centre, a venue for exhibitions and concerts, too that brings a great to deal of business to the region especially for hotels in Birmingham and many other organisations. It’s also not too far from Birmingham International Airport.

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