19 Jun

Experience second-city life in Birmingham

Experience second-city life in Birmingham

While London attracts plenty of attention as the capital of the UK, there are a number of other large cities which have loads to offer. Leeds and Manchester in the north are large conurbations, home to millions of people, along with job opportunities, entertainment and sporting giants.

However, as the second most populous urban and metropolitan area in the UK, Birmingham is a fantastic place to set up at any stage of life.

It has grown from a medium-sized market town in the medieval period to be known as the "second city". This has been helped along the way by the industrial revolution and the part it has played in scientific, technological and economic developments.

Birmingham nowadays is a major international commercial centre. It is proud to be a beta world city by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network and boasts an excellent transport infrastructure, along with world-class retail, events and conference facilities.

Six universities in the city make it the second-largest centre for higher education in the country, and its Big City Plan will ensure that investing in property for sale in Birmingham a very worthwhile thing to do.

As you would expect for a large city, the landscape is dominated by huge buildings and industry. However, there are over 8,000 acres of parkland spaces in Birmingham, including Sutton Park, and other areas of wildlife which offer an escape from city life.

Employment-wise, manufacturing provides roughly ten per cent of jobs in the city, largely thanks to car plants which are found on the outskirts.

Retail jobs are prevalent in the middle of the city and at the Bullring shopping centre, while tourism continues to play an increasingly large and important role.

As with most large cities, Birmingham's cultural offerings can compete with many others, with music, theatre and performing arts, and museums all having homes here.

Finally, you will also get the big-city buzz of nightlife in Birmingham, thanks to Broad Street and Brindleyplace, while sporting events are also prevalent with Birmingham City and Aston Villa flying the football flag, the Belfry golf course is nearby too, along with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and the National Indoor Arena.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801601234-ADNFCR

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