Birmingham has proudly hosted more world championships than anywhere else in Europe. Each year Alexander Stadium welcomes world-class athletes for Diamond league events. In 2022 the city will welcome the world for the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Created by Indian and Pakistani immigrants in the city during the 1970s, the Balti has now become a dish synonymous with Birmingham. Now with its own area called the ‘Balti Triangle’ you’ll find hundreds of restaurants to sample the famous dish.
One of Birmingham’s most famous creations is Cadbury’s chocolate, invented by John Cadbury who first sold it as drinking cocoa in his Bull Street shop in the 1820s. Now, you can visit Cadbury World, discover the history of the brand and see how it’s made for yourself.
Birmingham’s creative and digital district, Digbeth, has fast-become a sought-after area of the city, regularly hosting music and food festivals, including the award-winning Digbeth Dining Club. It was also recently named as one of the four most creative places to live in the UK by Stylist Magazine.
The Electric Cinema in Birmingham is the UK’s oldest working cinema. The art deco building has two screens showing mainstream, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as sofas and waiter service!
Forward is the official motto of the city of Birmingham. It truly represents the city’s ambition and spirit when it comes to always leading the way and continuing to develop as a world-class destination for business and tourism.
A key landmark in Birmingham is the ‘Golden Boys’ statue. It depicts Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch, key thinkers and inventors during Birmingham’s Industrial Revolution, most famous for developing the steam engine.
Birmingham Hippodrome is the UK’s most popular single theatre, with on average more than 500,000 visitors each year. The theatre is home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet and welcomes everything from comedians and plays to West End tours.
Once known as the ‘workshop of the world’ Birmingham was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution during the 18th century. Significant developments in science, philosophy, technology, medicine and social and economic reform, saw the city develop inventions and ideas that would change the world, all stemming from Birmingham and its industrialist thinkers.
Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is beautiful historic area of the city, home to hundreds of stores and workshops, which sell and make jewellery from scratch, and incredible heritage museums. The Quarter is steeped in history and produces over 40% of the UK’s jewellery.
The city is recognised for many strengths however it excels in the key knowledge economies of advanced engineering, life sciences, food & drink, tech & digital and business and professional services. Supporting this is the research and academic output of the city’s five universities, Aston University, Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham and Newman University College.
LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM
In 2013, the brand new Library of Birmingham opened to critical acclaim as one of the largest in the world. It houses books, music, maps, archives and photography as well as the Shakespeare Memorial Room, a room originally created in 1882 and restored and rebuilt into the new Library.
Birmingham’s culinary scene is outstanding and the city is the proud home to 4 Michelin starred restaurants, more than any other English city outside of London – Adam’s, Purnells, Carters and Simpsons.
NATURE IN THE CITY
With over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK. There’s plenty to keep you happy outdoors, and that’s before we mention those famous canals that you can spend hours strolling along. It all adds to why Birmingham was voted as having the best quality of life of any English city outside of London in 2018.
Infamous rocker and Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne is one of the city’s most well-known musicians, having started his career with his bandmates in the late 1960s.