The West Midlands or the 'West Midland metropolitan area' is located in Western England and has an estimated population of around 2,800,000. The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs, with the city of Birmingham as containing the most populous British city outside the capital London with 1,073,000 residents (2011 census).
Places to stay in the West Midlands range from friendly B&Bs, to Victorian guesthouses, to the Shakespeare-inspired A Midsummer Night's Dream Lodge on the River Avon.
Among the attractions the West Midlands lie 23 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Notably, Sutton Park SSSI in Sutton Coldfield has a vast area of 970 hectares (2,400 acres), making it one of the largest urban parks in Europe, and the largest outside of a capital city in Europe.
The county's city of Birmingham is renowned for Edgbaston cricket ground making history in 2011 when player Alastair Cook scored 294 against India and England become the number one ranked test team; the Bull Ring shopping centre, and St Philip's Cathedral.