Five things Birmingham is known for

As the UK’s second largest city and home to a rich history with amazing local sites

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Birmingham is a welcoming home to new visitors and old with a down-to-earth warmth ingrained in the region, the people and the city’s ever evolving skyline.

Tourists and locals are forever discovering the city’s colourful and eclectic calendar of festivals and events. Take your pick from a huge variety of bars, restaurants and pubs and choose from an extensive range of shopping and entertainment on offer, 365 days a year.

If it is countryside horizons and sweeping views of rural England you prefer, take a drive through the surrounding West Midlands region. The metropolitan county incorporates parts of three historic counties where you will discover early neighbouring boroughs, early settlement ruins, and stunning English landscapes.

If you’re still not convinced, we’ve picked out five of our favourite things Birmingham is known for:

1. Birmingham hosted the 2022 Commonwealth games – one of the most successful and inspiring in recent decades, and the largest, with over 1.3 million ticket sales.

2. Birmingham is the birthplace of Cadbury – the second largest confectionary brand globally. Cadbury World, opened in 1990 is an immersive guide through the history of the company (and it’s chocolate!) with over 500,000 visitors every year.

3. One of the youngest cities in the UK and an attractive option for young professionals with almost 40% of the population under 25.

4. Birmingham is home to the largest public library in Europe, with over 800,000 books.

5. The first ever hole-in-the heart surgery was carried out in Birmingham’s Children Hospital in 1950.