Located in the centre of the West Midlands and 120 miles/190 km north of London, Birmingham is conveniently accessible by road from the major United Kingdom motorway networks, is easily accessible by train from local and regional destinations into New Street Station, and by air via direct flights from within the UK, Europe and the US to Birmingham International Airport, which is 10-15 minutes by train from the city centre. The compact layout of the city centre means that most downtown locations can be reached easily on foot or by a short taxi ride.
With a population of over 1 million, Birmingham is England’s second-largest city and one of the UK’s main commercial centres. With its roots in the industrial past of England, today, the financial and tourism service sectors dominate the city’s economy.
Sporting events, cultural venues and shopping centres are important attractions for visitors to Birmingham, along with frequent concerts, conferences and exhibitions taking place at major city venues, including the International Convention Centre (ICC), the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and the National Indoor Arena.
The city’s architecture ranges from medieval and Tudor buildings to the up-to-the-minute Bullring Shopping Centre and includes almost 2,000 listed (protected) buildings.
Birmingham’s temperatures average 20o
F) in summer and 4o
F) in winter, with extreme temperatures rare.
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