PLACE KNOWLEDGE – 2a(i) Birmingham and its Location

Watch the video below to find out about Birmingham. Why do you think so many tourists are coming to the city?

If you were writing a list of top ten attractions for tourists in Birmingham what would you include?

Birmingham is UK’s Fastest Growing Regional Tourist Destination

Birmingham has developed as a city over the last 1400 years. It began as a small Anglo Saxon hamlet, and has seen its most rapid growth in the last 200 years. Over time, the city grew into the centre of the UK’s manufacturing and car industries. In the 21st century Birmingham has continued to grow based on its education, manufacturing, shopping, sporting and conference facilities.

 Birmingham Location


Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England.

It is the largest and most populous British city outside London, with a 2014 population of 1,101,360.

The Greater Birmingham area is the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom. In 2011 it was estimated to have a population of 2,440,986.

Birmingham lies near the geographic centre of England, at the crossing points of the national railway and motorway systems. It is about 177 km northwest of the capital city, London.

When learning about cities it is useful to remember a few key statistics. Here are 5 facts about the city of Birmingham:

  1. The city has more canals than Venice.
  2. Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with over 8,000 acres of park land and open space.
  3. The Birmingham Hippodrome is the busiest and most popular theatre in the UK.
  4. 34 million people visit Birmingham every year.
  5. Football-referee whistles were invented and first manufactured in Birmingham. The original FA cup was also made in the city.

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. Geography of Birmingham
  2. Library of Birmingham
  3. Lonely Planet

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