is one of the major cities in the West Midlands' region of England and is the second most extensive metropolitan region in both England and the United Kingdom
. As one of the most populated English Districts, Birmingham is referred to as the nation's second city because it is second in size of all the cities in England.
Birmingham has a distinct location within the West Midlands' region and is home to a vast canal network, a feature that tops the tourism spots. On top of that, Birmingham is dotted with multiple landmarks that date back into the Revolution Era in the eighteenth century, featuring its past manufacturing industry architecture.
The Birmingham Town Hall is one of the most outstanding landmarks and is often used as a venue for various concerts and assemblies. The Saint Martin Church is another iconic spot in the city, representing the first-ever parish church in Birmingham. The outstanding Selfridges Building is one of the most attractive structures in Birmingham, made from an intricate steel network, and has won many prizes because of its shape and design. The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower is another unifying factor of Birmingham, located within the grounds of the University of Birmingham. One of the oldest architectures of Birmingham is featured in the Saint Philip's Cathedral Church, dating as far back as 1715! The Library of Birmingham is one other public spot in the city, built to feature attractive designs with stunning marble tiles, right in the center of the Centenary Square.
Birmingham experiences a temperate maritime climate that is classified as Cfa, under the Köppen climate classification. The weather is mainly characterized by mildly warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Extreme weather is not common in Birmingham, although the city remains vulnerable to hazardous tornadoes as experienced in its history and recent past.
Winter has snowfall that can accumulate to as high as 45cm in January
, the coldest month of the season. The snow begins as early as mid-November
and might stretch to mid-march, falling for approximately five days per month. The mercury remains in the range of 0.5°C (32.9°F) and 7.5°C (45.5°F), with as little as less than an hour of sunshine per day.
Summer is mild, with the temperature barely going above 25.3°C (77.5°F). The nights might be a lot colder as the temperature drops to less than 10°C (50°F) on average. Generally, though, the days remain dry and lovely.
Birmingham is an all-year-round travel destination for many reasons. It has weather that features both extremes, hence attracting both the heat and the cold lovers, however, the travel period zeniths during summer. Between May
, Birmingham has the best weather for any outdoor activities, with warm and moderately dry days. Winter also attracts large crowds as visitors take to skiing and skating in the ample accumulation of snow.
Saint Patrick Day is one of the major events in Birmingham, attracting all forms of religious activities and parades to commemorate the life and works of St. Patrick. Birmingham Pride is another festival that is held in May, where the people of Birmingham come together to show their love and appreciation for the gay community, a celebration marked with colorful street concerts, parades, and feasts.