Here’s a whole host of information about this amazing city of Birmingham in the UK, right in the centre of the country and the second largest city in England.

These are some of the most common questions people ask about Birmingham, plus various other resources we have on the city.

What do you do in Birmingham?

We have a separate resource here with all kinds of things to do in Birmingham, whether an active day out, visiting a museum, or enjoying places to eat and shop. 

What about businesses and the economy in Birmingham?

We have a resource here outlining the business scene in Birmingham, including reasons why they can thrive in this second-largest city in the UK, and what to look out for to make the most in the city. 

How do you pronounce Birmingham?

Probably the easiest way to note how to pronounce Birmingham is to change two letters in the word to the letter E. Therefore, the letter I and A, which are the second letters at the beginning and end of the word, need changing to the letter E at the start and the end of the word (therefore, spelt 'Berminghem').

The area of Birmingham does have a unique accent anyway, which inevitably affects how the word is pronounced. Technically the Black Country or the west of Birmingham is a slightly different accent. However, for those unfamiliar with this, it will sound very similar, if not the same as the Birmingham one in the wider West Midlands.

What are the Birmingham FC football teams?

The two main ones are Aston Villa Football Club and also Birmingham City Football Club, otherwise known as the Blues and the Reds locally. If you look further afield on the edge of Birmingham and into the outer areas of the conurbation, then the others, such as West Bromwich Albion Football Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, and also Walsall Football Club.

What are the Birmingham Universities?

There are actually five different universities, based in Birmingham, the first one being the University of Birmingham.

The others include Aston University, Birmingham City University, Newman University, and the University College Birmingham.

What are the directions to Birmingham and the best map?

As local Birmingham cleaners knowing the area, we tend to get asked this a lot. 

In simple terms, Birmingham is accessed via four main motorways; the M40 going south-east towards London, the M5 running Southwest towards Bristol, the M6 which goes at the top of Birmingham from the north-west to Manchester to the east direction, past Coventry to the M1, and then M42 around the south and east edges of Birmingham and continues northeast towards Nottingham.

There’s also a faster M6 Toll road to Bypass the congested part of the M6 north of Birmingham. 

What is Birmingham known for?

In short, Birmingham is known as a large urban area right in the middle of England. Whilst many people will not immediately think of anything special about the city, there is an actual fact a lot more to it.

There have been famous singers and musical artists from Birmingham, including Black Sabbath, led by Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and lead singer of Led Zeppelin—also, The Streets, UB40, Wizard, Laura Mvula, Duran Duran.

Birmingham also has notable rivers, mainly the River Tame and its tributaries, River Rea and River Cole.

It began as a market town in Warwickshire in the medieval period but grew during the 18th-century industrial revolution and the Midlands Enlightenment. It now has a prominent service sector and is the second-largest city in the UK, with a GDP of $121 billion in 2014.

Is Birmingham bigger than Manchester?

Yes, Birmingham has the second largest city in the UK, meaning it is more significant than Manchester.

There are also many separate towns and cities around the edge of Birmingham as part of a wider conurbation, including Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Kidderminster, Halesowen, and West Bromwich.

How did Birmingham get its name?

Way back in the sixth century and Saxon period, Birmingham was just a small area amidst a forest. The name originated from this being the home (ham) of the tribe (ing) of a leader called Birm or Beorma.


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