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Situated in the west midlands, the city of Birmingham is the most populous city outside of London. Although hardly noteworthy up until the 19th century, it rather suddenly developed into an economic centre during the industrial revolution. Its nicknames “the workshop of the world” and “the city of a thousand trades” were earned at this point in history. As its manufacturing industries declined during the 20th century it was slowly rehashed into a commercial centre, achieving the second largest economy of the UK and becoming its main hub for conferences, retail and sales events. As a consequence it is now one of the most visited cities in the UK.

It is the city’s many sports and cultural venues that attract the most tourists. Between 02 Academy, Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Town Hall there is a sizable music scene in town that has produced major artists in many different genres. Of these venues the first features primarily popular music, the second classical – often the famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – and the third a little bit of both. Performing arts may in turn be seen at the Alexandra, the Rep, the Hippodrome or the Old Rep.

Its relatively short period of significance has left Birmingham without many historical sites. However a fair few can be found in the city. St. Martin’s church is a remnant of medieval times, St. Philip’s Cathedral and Soho House of Georgian such and a whole range of buildings date back to the Victorian era. There are also the Birmingham Back to backs and Cadbury World. The former is the last surviving back-to-back houses in Birmingham, whereas the latter is a chocolate factory converted into a museum.

Displays of different kinds may be seen at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which hosts artwork in general; Thinktank, which is the primary science museum of the city; and Sarehole Mill, which might be of interest to anyone especially fond of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. Speaking of Tolkien, he is far from the only renowned author from Birmingham. Samuel Johnson and Arthur Conan Doyle were at different times connected to the city, and there is still a vibrant literary scene headed by local authors David Lodge, Jonathan Coe, Judith Cutler and others.

Broad Street and Brindley Place are the main areas for nightlife, though sizable clubs and bars may be found elsewhere as well. Digbeth, the Hurst Street Gay Village and Jewellery quarters are parts of the city where recently there has been an influx of drinking and dancing establishments. The city is particularly lively during some of its festivals. The multicultural celebrations are the biggest in this respect, with the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the lead after the Bangla Mela, the Vaisakhi Mela and the Mardi Gras-influenced The Birmingham Heritage Festival.