A lively city famed for being the self-styled 'curry capital of Britain', Birmingham is home to great shopping, buzzing bars and plenty of things to do. This West Midlands hub is the most populous conurbation in England after the capital, and its diverse inhabitants – affectionately known as ‘Brummies’ – have ensured that it's awash with a fabulous variety of art, music, food, literature and theatre. Take one of Flybe's cheap flights to Birmingham and discover the many layers of this powerhouse city for yourself.
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With a proud industrial heritage, Birmingham has seen extensive redevelopment over the last few years and is now home to some of the UK’s best architecture, a host of art galleries, boutique shops and trendy restaurants. From the arty Jewellery Quarter, which produces 40% of jewellery made in the UK, to the vibrant bars and clubs of Broad Street, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. If it’s a spot of retail therapy you’re after then look no further than the iconic Bullring shopping centre. Home to some of the best shops in the region and covered in over 15,000 shiny metal discs, the building has become an icon of the city’s regeneration and a real treat for tourists. Whether you plan to shop 'til you drop or are looking for a city break packed with culture, bustling Birmingham has it all.
If you can still move after your curry, hit the streets to enjoy a drink or two. With a large student population, it comes as no surprise that Birmingham is famed for its nightlife. Whether you're seeking the latest beats, hip-hop, indie, rock or chart music, you're sure to find something that suits. Broad Street is packed full of late bars and clubs that attract a young and fashionable crowd. The most popular clubs in Birmingham include Gatecrasher Birmingham, the HMV Institute and Oceana.
Birmingham is famous for its Indian cuisine, and Purnima on Bearwood Road is a particular culinary highlight. Here you’ll enjoy succulent Asian fare for reasonable prices – the restaurant gets rave reviews from locals and visitors alike.
A not-to-be-missed holiday destination as well as a mall, the famous Bullring is the place to be for shopping in the Midlands. Home to 160 shops as well as the Selfridges department store, you’ll find value for money and chic treats all in one place. If the Bullring whets your appetite for shopping, a trip to the Mailbox by the canal is a must. Home to Harvey Nichols and the BBC, this pillar-box red building also boasts an array of restaurants with great views over the city's famous waterways. For a completely different shopping experience altogether, take a trip to the Balti Triangle. The Triangle, which gets its name from the Asian-inspired dish, hosts a wealth of shops selling gorgeous Asian fabrics, clothes, jewellery and more. It’s worth a visit just to see the astonishing colourful window displays.
As well as an impressive calendar of events, the area boasts numerous unmissable attractions. The city is home to Cadbury World, a delicious exhibition of the iconic British chocolate manufacturer’s most memorable creations set in the idyllic Quaker village of Bournville. To engage the family’s brains after their stomachs are sated, why not plan a trip to Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum. With over 200 interactive displays ranging in theme from engineering to the human body, the museum is a true mix of learning and fun.
Birmingham holds a number of festivals throughout the year, so it comes as no surprise that many people choose to time their trip with one of the many events. The largest single day event is the St Patrick's Day Parade, which, thanks to the city's large Irish population, is the second biggest in Europe after Dublin. Other notable events include the Birmingham Tattoo and the Birmingham International Carnival.
As you would expect from any great city, there's a range of accommodation options in Birmingham. From stylish boutique hotels to cosy B&Bs, find your perfect place to stay with our search tool below.
IATA code: BHX
Name: Birmingham Airport
Address: Birmingham Airport, Birmingham, B26 3QJ.
Telephone: +44 (0)844 576 6000
You’ll find the whole range of parking options at Birmingham Airport, and we recommend you pre-book prior to travel to ensure availability. You can pre-book online with us: http://parking.flybe.com/EN/default.aspx
Birmingham Airport can be accessed by train, using the free Air-Rail Link system. This operates every day between 5am and 2am. There are plenty of bus and coach routes that serve the airport, including local buses and National Express and Megabus services.
Black cabs run 24 hours from outside the arrivals area of the terminals. You can use a credit card in these cabs, and do not need to book in advance. They can take up to six people, plus luggage and wheelchairs.
Several car rental companies operate from Birmingham Airport, including Avis and Budget. Collect and return car parks are situated close to the terminal building.
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