Birmingham is the second biggest city in England and known for its industrial past. The city grew from a market town into a bustling urban centre during the Industrial Revolution and it has remained a commercial centre ever since. Although the city has a background in the industrial sector, most notably as the home of the steam engine, modern Birmingham has a key focus on the services sector. The city hosts retail and conference events all year, many of which are easily accessible from a hotel in Birmingham. The city has easy transport links to the rest of the country by rail, road and air.
What does Birmingham have to offer?
The city is also home to major cultural institutions such as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its own art school and galleries. Uniquely for a city other than London, Birmingham is the home of five Michelin starred restaurants, spread across the city.
What business is big in Birmingham?
Birmingham is home to both the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and the International Convention Centre (ICC) as well as a number of large businesses. The NEC hosts a range of annual televised events for sectors including food, gaming, clothing and technology and the ICC is perhaps most famous as the home of the annual Labour Party conference. As well as political events, the ICC is frequently used for annual company meetings by leading UK businesses. The city is considered by many to be the equivalent of London in the northern part of the country, earning it the nickname the “Northern Powerhouse”.
Where can I visit from my hotel in Birmingham?
The city centre in Birmingham is home to the famous Bull Ring shopping centre which is built on the site of an ancient cattle market. Leading global retailers as well as local businesses can be found in the area, which is frequently the busiest shopping centre in the UK. Shoppers can also visit the nearby Jewellery Quarter, where as much as 40% of the jewellery sold in the entire country is produced. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is one of the city's most popular cultural destinations. The banks of the city canal are home to many local businesses and restaurants and the area is a popular destination for walking and nightlife.