Known as the UK's second city, Birmingham has undergone extensive regeneration in recent years to ensure this status continues. Amidst this period of development, naturally, Birmingham accommodation options have risen for both business and leisure travellers.
The Birmingham population of around 3 million people live in a city in the West Midlands which is continuously marked as the second-largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Described by many as a vibrant and diverse city, Birmingham also welcomes individuals from across the globe for both business and pleasure. In fact, an estimated 34 million people visit Birmingham each year, with one million of those being international visitors.
The city is a major transport hub, with Birmingham train station, known as New Street, is the busiest rail interchange in the UK outside of London. The city is also served by four major motorways and is home to the original ‘Spaghetti Junction’.
There is, of course, also Birmingham Airport, which is amongst the UK’s top ten busiest. It is based within four hours of 90% of the UK, while London is only one hour and twenty-five minutes away on the train. This, therefore, makes long stay apartments in Birmingham near the city’s train stations a popular choice amongst commuters.
The economy of Birmingham is deemed one of the largest in the UK, worth an estimated £28 billion. According to Business Birmingham, the city is also one of the best for foreign investment, standing as the home to more international companies than any other city, except London.
Many believe the success of Birmingham’s economy is down to the business climate it possesses. Not only do around forty million tourists visit the city each year, but in recent previous years, Birmingham has also been deemed one of the best for quality of life and student performance. Of course, the performance of students can be significantly credited to the popularity of the University of Birmingham. It’s also for this reason that student accommodation in Birmingham is equally popular.
Furthermore, the West Midlands city has also ranked highly as one of the more popular destinations for people to relocate to from London. Its why there are so many corporate lets in Birmingham on offer to support the ever-growing working population.
The history of Birmingham began over fourteen centuries ago when the city was once just merely a small Saxon village. It wasn’t until the eleventh and twelfth centuries that Birmingham built up steam as a major area, gaining town and market status at the time. Factors such as the city’s central UK location, its impressive canal network enabled Birmingham to hold global credibility as a production powerhouse and export hub.
One of the bigger representatives of Birmingham’s growth was, and still is, the success of the Jewellery Quarter. It’s been around for centuries, with records showing 26 jewellers registered in the city by 1780. Still to this day, the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham produces over 40% of all the UK’s handmade jewellery. The Birmingham city council acknowledges the historical importance of the Quarter, with the whole area being designated a conservation area since 2000 and receiving World Heritage Status in 2008.
All of this industrial power perhaps hampered the city’s ability to be initially recognised culturally. But, by 1960, Birmingham was often compared to Liverpool, with many popular bands originating from the city. Most well-known were Black Sabbath, although half of Led Zeppelin also came from Birmingham.
On the whole, the best way to learn more about the city’s rich, diverse history is to visit the Birmingham Museum! Many visitors to the area will also be glad to know that much of our self-catering accommodation in Birmingham is based close to the Museum and the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, ideal for history enthusiasts.
Wondering what to do in Birmingham before you visit? Well, it’s fair to say you won’t be bored as the city has plenty to visit and explore.
It is one of the youngest cities in Europe, with 40% of residents under twenty-five years of age. It is no wonder that Birmingham hosts over fifty festivals each year and has one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. A high number of short stays apartments in Birmingham nearby these venues make visiting for leisure effortless.
Modern Birmingham also offers a rich cultural experience to visitors. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is best known for its outstanding collections of classic, with a strong collection from the 17th century. While Birmingham Repertory Theatre is Britain’s longest-established producing theatre, which was rebuilt in 2013, has three auditoria and a wide variety of productions on offer.
For a night out, you could always visit the Mailbox or Arcadian Birmingham, hubs for high-end shopping and luxury bars and restaurants. There are designer outlets there, exclusive places to eat and beautiful waterfront views. With a vibrant and active nightlife, as well as cinemas and other attractions, Birmingham can offer a great variety of evenings out.
Overall, whether you decide to visit Birmingham for business, or to explore a city with a great culture and plenty to do, a stay in an extended stay or short stay aparthotel in Birmingham is sure to make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
SITU is proud to offer understands that there are many types of corporate accommodation requirements, and regardless of how big or small our clients’ needs are, we can help. We support individuals, companies and organisations by maintaining and reducing their accommodation budgets whilst providing serviced apartments in Birmingham city centre and beyond that are of the high standard demanded by the modern business traveller.
SITU specialise in serviced apartments and aparthotels, offering self-catering city apartments in Birmingham and providing you with a wide selection of hotel alternatives when travelling for business or leisure. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more about securing a stay at your own ideally-located serviced apartment in Birmingham!
Supporting the travel of over ten million passengers every year, Birmingham Airport is one of the busiest in the UK. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that this facility is a base for UK international travel with its surrounding area being occupied by a range of luxury serviced apartments in Birmingham.
Whilst Birmingham airport is under ten miles south-east of the city centre, other alternative airports under an hour car journey away from the city include; the East Midlands Airport, the Wolverhampton Halfpenny Airport and the Coventry Airport.
Birmingham New Street is not only the city’s largest and busiest station, but it is also deemed a central railway function of the UK rail network. Therefore, it is based right at the heart of Birmingham city centre.
Making up the rest of the city’s ‘station group’ are Snow Hill and Moore Street, on the doorsteps of wide-ranging serviced accommodation in Birmingham. Slightly outside the centre as well are the Five Ways and Jewellery Quarter stations, whilst the very commonly used International station is based just over the road from the airport and NEC Birmingham.
The West Midlands Metro is a tram system with its station based around ten miles north-west of the Birmingham city centre. Currently, it only has one line, which connects Birmingham with Wednesbury, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
Following the success of the tram system, operated by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) who managed all public transport in the county, the Birmingham city council have backed the idea of constructing an underground system.
As the home of the headquarters of national coach operator, National Express, the people of Birmingham benefit from easy access to such of the best public transport in the UK. The company’s services operate out of the Birmingham Coach Station, based along Mill Lane just outside the city centre.
The city is also greatly supported by a large number of bus stops and services, operated by the likes of Arriva, Diamond and Stagecoach. All the information you need about buses in Birmingham can be found on the West Midlands Network website. Visitors to the city can also book stays in ideally located corporate housing in Birmingham to suit their bus or coach travel requirements.