Books about Birmingham, England
About the city of Birmingham, England
Birmingham is both a city and a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. It has been described as the largest British city outside of London, with all the facilities and issues expected of a large urban area.
Birmingham City Council is among the largest local authorities in the UK. The city is located on relatively high ground and has 571 parks (according to 'The Guardian', Apr 2014) and more than 6 million trees. Its long-established cultural scene encompasses art and design, museums and galleries, music, literature and the performing arts.
Although parts of the medieval history of Birmingham remain in the form of some buildings as well as others dating from the Tudor period, much of the city's architecture is in the Victorian red brick style. More recent developments have been added in a starkly different style such as the highly reflective structures of the Selfridges building near the new Bullring Shopping Centre and the mirror surfaces outside Birmingham New Street railway station (shown below).
Birmingham has an important place in the development of many popular sports including football, cricket and tennis. It is home to many professional sports teams including football and rugby clubs. It is also the location of the National Indoor Arena, a major indoor sporting and entertainment venue.
See also news from, about or mentioning Birmingham, West Midlands (England).