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Birmingham: a friendly and vibrant city

Situated in the heart of the West Midlands, Birmingham is the second largest in the UK. However, despite its size, “Brum” has a very down-to-Earth, friendly feel.

More than three million people call the city home, and it’s easy to see why.

Birmingham in brief

Park life

With 571 parks, Birmingham has more green spaces than any other city in Europe.

A centre of industry

The city is home to iconic brand names, like Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury’s.

City of sound

With exports ranging from Black Sabbath to UB40, Birmingham has a rich musical heritage.

International appeal

Annual festivals in the city's Chinese Quarter, Irish Quarter and Gay Village attract visitors from all over the world.

Where to live

From stylish city apartments, to life in the country, whatever type of accommodation you’re looking for, Birmingham has something to suit you. 

  • Areas like Bournville, Harborne, Kings Heath, Kings Norton and Moseley to the south of the city are perfect for easy access to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
  • Northern suburbs around Sutton Coldfield – Erdington, Four Oaks and Wylde Green – are well located for Good Hope Hospital
  • Many districts have their own high streets, with plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities
  • Lots of our staff choose to move further afield, with the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire being popular choices for a scenic commute
  • With excellent transport links, it's easy to get around. Birmingham has one of the busiest commuter train routes in the country, running services right through the city every 10 to 20 minutes

Lots to see and do

Living in and around Birmingham means you will never be bored – there’s always something to do.

  • From hip-hop to opera, the city’s live music scene has it all, with too many venues to mention
  • For a night at the theatre, head to the Hippodrome, Symphony Hall or one of the many other cultural hotspots
  • Birmingham is a great place to sample international cuisine – we have everything, from tapas to Thai. For an authentic and inexpensive delight, the world-renowned Balti Triangle is a must
  • With retailers ranging from the world’s largest Primark to tiny independent boutiques, Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise
  • The city is home to the largest free public art gallery and public library in the UK
  • Within half an hour of the city centre you can find beautiful open countryside and country parks like the leafy Lickey Hills
  • There are lots of tourist attractions to take in, including Cadbury World, the National Sea Life Centre, West Midlands Safari Park and Birmingham Nature Centre

The West Midlands in numbers

hour's travel from London

of the UK population lives within a four hour drive

people live in the West Midlands

visitors each year

Sound right up your street?

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