West Midlands

The West Midlands is a heavily populated region, with over 2 million residents, with Birmingham being a major city. Known as 'The Black Country' the West Midlands is known for its history within the mining, wool and metal industries and this is reflected in the many museums and attractions. But alongside that, Birmingham provides trendy shopping, restaurants, and galleries.

Places to visit


Black Country Living Museum, Cadbury World, Birmingham Science Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Aston Hall, Bull Ring, Coventry Cathedral. 


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

J R R Tolkien (spent childhood in Birmingham)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (lived here)

The Reverend Awdry (Thomas the Tank Engine)

Lee Child (spent childhood in Birmingham)

Jonathan Coe (The Rotter's Club)

Meera Syal 

Annie Murray

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