2. Birmingham, England
With 1.9 million inhabitants the Birmingham is the second most populous city in England. Apart from the busy side of this metropolitan city, there are 100 miles of pretty, navigable canals. By overall length Birmingham city has more canals than that of Venice.
The first canal of Birmingham city was dug back in 1769. It is to connect Birmingham city with Wednesbury town. Back in the 18th century, there were 174 miles of canal in Birmingham city. Only 100 miles of navigable canal left today in the city. Although, the existing canals pass through many important parts of the city. A peaceful cruise through canals of Birmingham bring you the magical view of the city.
Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough of West Midlands, England. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London, with a population in 2014 of 1,101,360. The city is in the West Midlands Built-up Area, the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2,440,986 at the 2011 census. Birmingham’s metropolitan area is the second most populous in the UK with a population of 3.8 million. This also makes Birmingham the 9th most populous metropolitan area in Europe.
A medium-sized market town in the medieval period, Birmingham grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of the Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide advances in science, technology, and economic development, producing a series of innovations that laid many of the foundations of modern industrial society. By 1791 it was being hailed as «the first manufacturing town in the world». Birmingham’s distinctive economic profile, with thousands of small workshops practising a wide variety of specialised and highly skilled trades, encouraged exceptional levels of creativity and innovation and provided a diverse and resilient economic base for industrial prosperity that was to last into the final quarter of the 20th century.