Birmingham Town Guide
Centre of the West Midlands conurbation and claimed to be England's second city Birmingham is the centre of a vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis. Over the twentieth century there was an influx of many different cultures into Birmingham. The city can now claim to be one the most culturally diverse in the world.
Such has been the vitality of this culture that Indian cuisine in the shape of Balti dishes has been exported from Birmingham back to India.
In earlier days Birmingham was the undisputed centre of the manufacturing industry in England, "Made in Birmingham" was a mark to emulate.
The canal system was instrumental in the growth of Birmingham, even today the city boasts more miles of canal than even Venice.
Although the character of Birmingham's industry has changed, the city still provides an enviable range of cultural diversions from the Birmingham Royal Ballet to the Black Country Museum and Dudley Zoo, not forgetting the shopping opportunities in the recently inaugurated Bullring. Birmingham has much to offer the visitor albeit sometimes in an unlikely setting.