Birmingham, located in the centre of the West Midlands region on the Birmingham Plateau,
England, is the second, most populous city in the United Kingdom. The city is a landmark
representation of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its growth took place
mainly during the Industrial Revolution which is evident from the remnants that have
adorned the city over time. After London, it is the second cultural, social, financial and
commercial centre in England. Due to this, it is also known as the ‘second city’.
In order to experience a journey through the ages, Birmingham offers to you some of the
most interesting of places to visit:
- Victoria Square
Named to honour Queen Victoria, Victoria Square is a public square in Birmingham.
It consists of both the Town Hall and the Council House, and is directly adjacent to
Chamberlain Square. It serves as a centre to the city of Birmingham and local road
sign distances are measured from here. Three major roads, Colmore Row, New Street
and Paradise Street, and others, meet here. The famous fountain, The River is the
largest sculptural piece in the square.
- Town Hall
The Town Hall is located in Victoria Square and serves as the venue for assemblies.
Listed as a Grade I building, it is the first significant work of the 19th-century revival
of Roman architecture. A vast variety of events is held in the Town Hall which
includes jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and classical concerts, organ recitals, spoken
word, dance, family, educational and community performances, along with annual
general meetings, product launches, conferences, dinners, fashion shows, graduation
ceremonies and broadcasts.
- Council House
Home to the Birmingham City Council, it provides office accommodation for both
employed council officers, including the Chief Executive, and elected council
members. It is listed as a Grade II building, the Town Hall being the first.
- Museum and Art Gallery
It harbours a significant collection ranging from fine art, ceramics, metalwork,
jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local history to industrial
history. The works of the Old Masters as well as Italian baroque painters is also
placed in the gallery.
Thinktank is Birmingham’s science and technology museum. It is located within the
Millennium Point complex on Curzon Street, Digbeth. Each floor of the museum has
a theme, going from the past to the present as well as the future. It displays selections
of aircrafts, cars, steam engines, machinery and artefacts.
- Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall, considered as finest in the world, is a 2,262 seat concert venue which
was opened in 1991 in Birmingham, England. It has been ranked as having the finest
acoustics in the United Kingdom, and the seventh best in the world. Likewise the
Town Hall, it hosts jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and classical concerts, organ recitals,
spoken word, dance, family, educational and community performances, along with
annual general meetings, product launches, conferences, dinners, fashion shows,
graduation ceremonies and broadcasts.