Birmingham is the principal city of the West Midlands region, and is the United Kingdom`s second most populous city. Birmingham was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and by the dawn of the nineteenth century it was perhaps the most industrialized city in the entire world. Heavily damaged during the Blitz of World War II, many portions of the city were rebuilt. The regeneration of the urban core can be seen in some noteworthy postmodern buildings, such as the Library of Birmingham and the iconic Selfridges Building.
The second-largest city in the West Midlands has a rich history which stretches back to the time of the Romans. Perhaps the most noteworthy historical legend associated with Coventry is Lady Godiva`s infamous nude horseback ride through the city in the eleventh century. Many companies in the British automobile industry were based here. Coventry Cathedral, built in the early 15th century, was damaged during the Blitz of World War II, and is now as a garden of remembrance next to the current cathedral.
The largest city in the East Midlands and one of the ten most populous in England, Leicester is a scenic city located on the River Soar. Popular sights in Leicester include Leicester Castle, where Richard III spent much time in the final years of his life. His remains can be found in the middle of town at Leicester Cathedral, a stately Gothic cathedral dating from the year 1086. North of town you can find the National Space Centre, one of the largest space science museums in Britain. Leicester is a town where history meets progress and innovation.
Nottingham, situated east of the River Leen and north of the River Trent, is the second-largest city in the East Midlands. It is well-known for its lace industry, and at one time Nottingham was considered `the lace capital of the world`. Nottingham Castle, built on the orders of William the Conqueror just two years after the Norman invasion of England, served as the Royal residence of King Edward III. North of town, the 1,000-acre Sherwood Forest is forever associated with the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.