Birmingham took centre stage during the Industrial Revolution, as creativity and innovation helped to transform it from a mid‐sized town into a burgeoning city.
Now it is home to more than 1.1 million people and is a thriving commercial and financial hub.Five universities make the city a hot‐bed for students too and higher education continues to thrive in the region.
Much of the city underwent redevelopment in the wake of the Second World War, but many reminders of the industrial age remain.
Birmingham is everything you would expect from a major metropolis, and features an eclectic mix of cutting‐edge museums and galleries, theatres, comedy clubs, stylish bars and night clubs, with Broad Street a magnet for party‐goers.
Birmingham has everything from bespoke boutiques to historic markets and modern shopping centres. The Bullring, Grand Central and The Pavilions can meet all of your retail needs, while for something a little different, venture to the renowned Jewellery Quarter. The Library of Birmingham meanwhile – the largest public library in Europe – is a major cultural destination and is home to more than 400,000 books.
You’ll find a range of public and private schools, including independents, academies and special schools in the area. Among them is King Edward’s School, which can count Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R Tolkien among its alumni. If you branch out from the city, there are hundreds of schools across the Midlands which cover all age ranges and abilities.
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