Anglo Saxon Hamlet // West Midlands // Big Brum Clock Tower // ‘Brummies’ // The Electric Cinema // 1 million people...
The earliest evidence of settlement in Birmingham date back some
10,400 years discovered near Curzon Street in the city centre. In the early 7th century, Birmingham was an
Anglo Saxon farming hamlet on the banks of the River Rea.
People from Birmingham are known as 'Brummies', a term that
was derived from the city's nickname of 'Brum'.
The city has six twin cities: Chicago in the USA; Frankfurt and Leipzig in Germany;
Johannesburg in South Africa; Lyon in France; and Milan in Italy.
There is a vibrant and varied musical history and Birmingham
bands have made a major contribution to the musical culture of the United
Kingdom, including bands such as The Moody Blues and Electric Light Orchestra. Some describe it as the birthplace of heavy
metal music, with the likes of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Magnum, and two members
of Led Zeppelin coming from the area. The 1980s pop band Duran Duran are also from
Among the many theatres in Birmingham, the largest are the
Alexandra ("the Alex"), The Rep, the Hippodrome and the Old Rep. The Birmingham Royal Ballet is based in the
city as is the world's oldest vocational dance school, Elmhurst School for
Dance. The Electric Cinema on Station
Street is the oldest working cinema in the UK.
The nightlife is concentrated mainly along Broad Street and
The Bullring Shopping Centre is eye-catching as regards its futuristic design and is well-known for its array of shops and department stores. It has 3 car parks with up to 3,000 parking spaces and 2 railways stations.
Birmingham Airport is located six miles to the east of the
city in the neighbouring borough of Solihull.
Birmingham has its own locally based breweries, which include
Ansells, Davenports and Mitchells & Butlers. Aston
Manor Brewery is however the only significantly sized brewery.
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