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Formed of 80 square miles and boasting a population of over a million, Birmingham is England’s second biggest city and one of the largest in Europe. Over the years, significant investment has transformed what was an eyesore of post-WWII architecture into a major hub for businesses and tourism. Today, Birmingham is a popular place for professionals, families and students alike. All drawn to the city for different reasons.
Moving to or from Birmingham doesn’t need to be stressful. The Britannia Bradshaw office is located just outside of Birmingham, in Halesowen. Britannia Bradshaw began life in 1884 in Manchester, with the Birmingham branch opening in 2012 and offering removals and storage services across the West Midlands.
Where to Live in Birmingham
Families tend to want a suburban lifestyle, away from the busy streets of Birmingham’s city centre. Sutton Coldfield, on the outskirts of the city, is very popular location for those with children. If budgets allow, however, the affluent area of Edgaston has some premium property on offer.
The centre of Birmingham itself is home to a multitude of developments, with modern flats providing professionals with an ideal space for cosmopolitan living. Many covet the luxury residential developments on Hill Street and New Street. Furthermore, the Rotunda building (next to the bullring shopping centre) has some incredible apartments with stunning views of the city.
Shopping in Birmingham
Second in size only to London, those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy will not be disappointed in Birmingham. The redeveloped Bullring shopping centre is a futuristic building crammed with all the usual high street favourites and big brands. Half the centre is taken up by the premium department store Selfridges.
The Victorian arcades and market spaces around Birmingham make for an alternative shopping experience. However, for one off pieces and designer goodies, the Mailbox is home to many designer stores and is complete with a Harvey Nicholls.
Transport Links Birmingham
Driving around Birmingham, particularly when in the city centre, is nothing short of a nightmare. Spaghetti Junction, Birmingham’s infamous ring-road, is congested even at the best of times. However, with 70 car parks and spaces for over 24,000 vehicles, once you’re in you will most likely find a spot.
Most people who need to commute in and out of Birmingham rely on public transport. The city centre is served by three major railway stations; New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill. All three stations provide valuable rail links with major cities in the UK and several local destinations in the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Five Ways and Jewellery Quarter are two other stations in central Birmingham.
Birmingham is also served by the Midland Metro, a tram system. 23 stops span Birmingham and neighbouring Wolverhampton, with services running every six to eight minutes throughout the day. End to end, the tram route takes 40 minutes.
Local bus services cover the majority of the city centre but there is no single bus depot. Buses depart from various stops and there is also a 24-hour service available.