Think Birmingham is drab and grimy? Think again! Book a flight to Birmingham and discover how this industrial powerhouse has re-invented itself as a city of culture.
With more trees than Paris and more canals than Venice, Birmingham is a city that does its best to impress. The legacy of WWII is evident but some stunning post-war architectural gems give Birmingham its own distinct character. Whether you're popping down for a fun city break or to visit clients, we're sure you'll find plenty of reasons to book another flight to Birmingham soon.
Airports in Birmingham
Birmingham Airport (BHX) is Britain's seventh busiest airport. It's 6.3 miles away from the city centre. The airport has one terminal, which offers a full range of entertainment, shopping and dining options.
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Airlines that fly to Birmingham
Eastern Airways, easyJet and Flybe all offer flights to Birmingham from a number of UK cities. The busiest route is between Birmingham and Edinburgh, so if you're flying from the Scottish capital it's a good idea to book your flights well in advance.
Getting into Birmingham
You can take the free AirRail Link bus from the airport to Birmingham International train station. The journey only takes two minutes, and from here you can take onward transportation into the city centre. Single train tickets to Birmingham New Street cost £3*: if you take the express you'll be in the city within 10 minutes, but if you take a regular train it could take up to 20 minutes. There are also buses between the airport and the city: route numbers 97, 900 and 966. These charge £2.20* for a single ticket. There's also a taxi rank outside the airport. Taxi journeys into the city centre can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes and should set you back around £22*. If you prefer your own set of wheels, you can rent a car at the airport. Don't forget to compare car hire prices at Birmingham Airport first.
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When to visit Birmingham
As England's second city, Birmingham is worth visiting at any time of year. Obviously the weather will be better in the summer, with higher temperatures and more sunshine in July and August, but like all British cities the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Pack your sunglasses and your waterproofs, just in case. Birmingham plays host to a range of exciting festivals throughout the year, so if you can time your visit to coincide with one of them you'll be in for a treat. The Flatpack Film Festival takes place every March, while Britain's largest Vaisakhi (Sikh New Year) celebrations fill the streets in April. There are other music, cultural, and foodie events to choose from so check the calendar and get ready to let the good times roll.
What to see and do
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Shopping: Shopaholics will love spending their time and money in Birmingham. Whether you're into elegant chic or just love picking up some fantastic bargains, serious retail therapy can be found in the famous Bullring shopping centre. If you're looking for some bling, a visit to the Jewellery Quarter is a must. For independent boutiques, look no further than The Custard Factory. For a high end shopping experience, it has to be the Mailbox. And we've barely scratched the surface of what Brum's shops have to offer.
Art & Culture: Galleries, museums, arthouse cinemas and theatres mean there's never a dull evening in Birmingham. There are plenty of heritage sites to explore by day, such as the historic Jewellery Quarter and the splendid Aston Hall. The famous Cadbury’s chocolate factory is within striking distance, and makes a great day trip for families. Kids and sweet-toothed adults will love learning about the history of the brand, and picking up a few treats in the world's biggest Cadbury's shop.
Let the good times roll: Birmingham is a fantastic place to eat, drink and be merry. Birmingham is famous for its multicultural population, and a whopping 27 nationalities represented in the city's restaurants. Whatever you feel like eating, you'll probably find it in Birmingham: from rough and ready street food to high-brow Michelin starred meals, to cosy cafes offering a sophisticated bite. Birmingham is a party city with no shortage of nightlife. There's a fantastic live music scene, and the nightclubs tend to rock until the small hours of the morning.
Where to stay
There are lots of great places to stay in Birmingham, from cosy B&Bs to luxurious five star hotels. The only question is, which part of town do you want to stay in?
Most of the hotels in Birmingham can be found in the city centre.This is a great place to base yourself if you want to discover everything Birmingham has to offer, from shopping and dining to culture and artwork.
Culture vultures will love hotels near Brindley Place. The waterside area is packed with great restaurants and bars, as well as art galleries and The Crescent Theatre. This part of Birmingham also has a packed events calendar, with Christmas markets during December and the Dragonboat Festival in June. It's also the best place to kick off a canal tour of Birmingham.
Families should look for hotels in Eastside.It's away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, although you can enjoy a relaxing stroll into town through the verdant Eastside City Park. This part of town is also home to the Thinktank Science Museum, a fantastic place to visit with the kids. Rogueplay, Birmingham's circus, also has a base in this part of town as do a few innovative art galleries and media spaces.
If you're in Birmingham on business, look for hotels in the Colmore Business District.Many big businesses base themselves here, but there's plenty to keep you going once office hours are over. Restaurants, bars, and even theatres offer evening entertainment while shopping, historic architecture, and a wealth of coffee shops means there's never a dull moment during lunch hour.
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