Life in Birmingham

Birmingham, Britain’s second city, lies at the heart of the West Midlands and is easily accessible by train, plane or car. Birmingham International airport is only 10 minutes by train from the city centre, which is also only an hour and 25 minutes from London by train.

Birmingham is a dynamic international and cosmopolitan centre of business, culture and education following the renovation of the historic areas of the city and exciting modern developments.

A city of cultural excellence and diversity, it boasts six city centre theatres, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Art, the Ikon Gallery of Modern Art, Symphony Hall, the National Exhibition Centre, the National Indoor Arena, the International Convention Centre, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, Thinktank Museum of Science and Discovery, and a vast choice of cinemas – both chain and independent.

Birmingham is also a centre of sporting achievement and activity and was the first to be awarded National City of Sport status. In recent years, it has staged more world, European and national sporting championships than any other UK city. Birmingham also boasts Premier League football action from Birmingham City and Aston Villa, international cricket at Edgbaston and world athletics.

Shopping is a pleasure in Birmingham with a mixture of restored arcades, the world famous Jewellery Quarter, modern malls and old-fashioned markets. The Bullring, a state of the art shopping centre, houses the largest Selfridges shop outside of London alongside many designer and high street stores.

Birmingham also has a vast array of restaurants that reflect the cultural mix of the population. Whatever your taste, a choice of cuisines is on offer from Chinese, Latin American, Thai, Indian and Mongolian to the finest French cuisines and the world renowned Balti Triangle. One of the jewels in Birmingham’s crown is the canal side area in the heart of the city, a wonderful place to relax and watch the world go by. Just off the main canal side is Brindley Place, a picturesque area with a wide variety of bars and restaurants which gained international recognition with the ‘Excellence on the Waterfront’ award.