England's second city, Birmingham, was founded in Anglo-Saxon times, and lies in the West Midlands. This region was one of the most important areas in the England during the Industrial Revolution – the steam engine was among the major developments pioneered here. Walk along the many canals and see memorials of this industrial heritage all around the city. Hire a car from Birmingham International Airport and head into Birmingham city centre for a shopping spree. The Bull Ring shopping centre is an exciting retail complex, while the city's New Street, and High Street offer some of the best selections of shops in the country.