20 Facts You Might Not Know About Birmingham
1Victoria Square hosts one of the largest fountains in Europe, nicknamed “The Floozie in the Jacuzzi”.
2The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
3Birmingham’s Spaghetti junction is famous around the world.
4The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were inspired by places and people in Birmingham. Their author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was from Brum.
5The city was founded in the Anglo Saxon era.
6James Watt, a Scot who lived in Birmingham from 1775-1819, developed the steam engine
7Birmingham’s Central Library is the Europe’s largest public library.
8Birmingham Cathedral has stained glass windows designed by the British master of stained glass himself, Edward Burne-Jones, who was himself from Birmingham.
9The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter produces 40% of all jewellery produced in the UK.
10Bird’s Custard, Cadbury Chocolate, Bournville Drinking Chocolate, HP Sauce and Typhoo Tea are all from Birmingham.
11The world’s top racquet sport, tennis, began at Edgbaston in the 1850s.
12It has more canals than Venice and is the centre of the UK’s canal network
13Locals are nicknamed Brummies
14The 18th century Industrial Revolution put Birmingham on the map as a manufacturing powerhouse.
15Birmingham is the 2nd largest city in the United Kingdom after London, and in the top 10 in Europe for population.
16There are 30 other Birmingham’s around the world, but Birmingham, United Kingdom is the original one.
17Sprint 100 metres in under 10 seconds in Birmingham. It worked for Usain Bolt, the world-record holder from Jamaica, training here before his 2012 Olympic gold medal feat.
18Birmingham is the farthest from the sea of any major UK city, about 190 km.
19Birmingham is the birthplace of Heavy Metal
20The Electric Cinema in Station Street at the back of Birmingham’s revamped New Street Railway Station is the UK’s oldest working cinema dating from 1909.