Despite the boring and bleak view of the city with its grey industrial plants and winding canals, it has one of the most diverse population, mostly stemming from the Caribbean or India.
Birmingham also provides very good shopping possibilities, answering to anybody’s wishes. The city used to be a place for trading weapons and watches and is now the most used traffic junction in the whole of Britain. You may take a train to Wales, Scotland or in the direction of London at any time. Owing to the expansion of the rail networks Birmingham has become more central and more attractive than ever.
The airport „Birmingham International“ provides for good connections (e.g. to New York). The cosmopolitan industrial city has turned more and more to tourism over the last few years.
The cultural life in Birmingham also profits from that: there are numerous theatres and museums, the city is proud of its festivals processions (e.g. on St. Patrick’s Day) that can easily compete with those in New York.
You will find a number of recommendable hotels in Birmingham, even if you just came here on a business trip. The “Britannia Hotel”, located directly at the Bullring Shopping Centre, offering a comfortable flair with panorama view as well as conference rooms for up to 2,000 people. The “Pragon Hotel” with its 250 rooms and high-tech equipment in every room is a very good choice also for organising a conference. If you are looking for a smaller hotel, you may choose the “Edgbaston Hotel”. It only has 50 rooms and radiates the glamour of old times. There are also diverse hotel chains offering hotels in the city.
Total population: 1,001,200 (2005)