Birmingham is the United Kingdom’s second biggest city and the living cost is less than two-thirds of that of London. Rents, especially, are much lower and there are many coliving spaces located here. So it’s no surprise that many young Londoners and remote workers are choosing to stay here. Birmingham also boasts Europe’s largest public library: the new Birmingham Library. It cost over £187 million to build and features a herb garden on the roof. This trendy former industrial city was at the forefront of scientific developments and still attracts international innovative talent with the restored Custard Factory at the center of Birmingham’s creative and digital revolution. Millions of visitors enjoy the city’s rich cultural programme, its sites and its bars every year. One of the main attractions is the famous Cadbury World where you can feel like Charlie in the chocolate factory. Near the city, there are also many quaint towns and villages to explore for a day or a weekend in an Old English setting away from all the hustle and bustle. There is no shortage of fun things to do and see whenever you are in need of taking a break from work.
Here are some fun facts about Birmingham:
- About 1.1 million people live in Birmingham.
- A nickname for the city is ‘Brum’ and the locals are called ‘Brummies’.
- Birmingham used to be called ‘The City of a Thousand Trades’ or ‘The Magic City’.
- It is one of the youngest cities in Europe: 40% of its population is under 25 years old.
- The city has more canals than Venice and is popular with canal boat lovers.
- J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Birmingham’s scenery for his ‘Lord of the Rings’ novels.
- Birmingham is also the birthplace of Thomas the Tank Engine.
- Led Zeppelin was born in Birmingham.
- The number 11 bus has the longest route in Europe.
- Birmingham has five universities and over 73,000 students.
- 40% of all jewelry made in the United Kingdom is made here.
- The balti curry was invented here and the city has over 100 balti houses.
- The Birmingham Museum has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
Birmingham’s Moseley suburb was recently named as the best place to live in Britain by The Sunday Times. The city’s location between Manchester and London also makes Birmingham a popular choice for those seeking coliving accommodation.