Whether business or pleasure brings you on a flight to Birmingham with Flybe, you'll discover a vibrant and proudly multicultural city that offers a wealth of great things to see and do during your downtime - no matter how much of it you have! England's 'second city' played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, and Birmingham's historic buildings have been well-preserved among the world-class contemporary architecture that gives the city its unique landscape. Birmingham remains an important global business destination today thanks to its central location in the UK and connections to the rest of the world via Birmingham Airport, but its rich culture and arts scene and excellent shopping makes it popular with tourists from near and far too.
Below you'll find inspirational tips on where to stay in Birmingham, things to see and do during your visit and of course, where to eat and drink in Birmingham for the authentic 'Brummie' experience!
If you're taking flights to Birmingham for a business trip, take a look at our Business in Birmingham page to help you find the ideal venue for your meeting or conference.
Flybe works in partnership with Booking.com to make it even easier for you to find the perfect hotel in Birmingham. Whether you're visiting Birmingham on a budget, are seeking a little luxury for your business trip or would like a hotel that's just a stone's throw from everything the city centre has to offer, you'll find the ideal accommodation for your trip.
Things to see
As the largest UK city outside of London, Birmingham certainly isn't short on things to do and see, from heritage attractions that tell the story of the city's history and involvement in the Industrial Revolution to modern cultural destinations that breathe new life into the city. Birmingham is known across the world for its outstanding architecture too, with futuristic buildings such as the Library of Birmingham, Selfridges, the Bullring, and The Cube all having transformed the city's skyline in recent years.
Birmingham's identity is also rooted in its multiculturalism, which is evident across the city, not least in the 'Balti Triangle' which is where you'll find Asian restaurants, jewellery shops and dress-makers galore. In fact you'll discover that every 'corner' of Birmingham has something different to offer; take for instance the Gas Street Basin, where Birmingham's canals meet and a thriving cultural quarter has formed along with cool bars, eateries and nightclubs.
There's also plenty for sports lovers in Birmingham; cricket fans will no doubt be familiar with Edgbaston cricket ground but you may also be surprised to hear that Birmingham plays host to more World and European sporting events than any other city in the UK! So if you're looking for a memorable way to spend your time after your flight to Birmingham, you certainly aren't short on choice. Take a look at our Birmingham Airport Arrivals page for all the information you need on travelling from Birmingham Airport to Birmingham city centre, to get you there sooner.
Shopaholics will be in their element in Birmingham, with several large shopping centres to explore, countless designer and independent boutiques, as well as its historic Jewellery Quarter where an estimated 40% of the UK's jewellery is made. Save some space in your hand luggage on your flight to Birmingham, as you'll certainly need it!
You'll find the Bullring in Birmingham city centre, home to over 160 high street and high-end stores, plus the iconic Selfridges building with its 'bubblewrapped' exterior. The Mailbox shopping centre offers a luxurious shopping experience as well as a flagship Harvey Nichols store, but if cool and quirky is what you seek, the Custard Factory, Piccadilly Arcade and Great Western Arcade boast the city's best independent and specialist stores in which you can easily while away a few hours.
If you have an entire night to spend as you please in Birmingham after your flight, you're truly in luck. Thanks to its large student population, Birmingham has an exceptional nightlife, but there's a bar, pub and nightclub in Birmingham that's to everyone's taste.
Should you be entertaining clients or looking for a stylish spot for post-meeting drinks, Summerrow has Birmingham's most exclusive bars including Apres, a ski-lodge inspired nightspot that's a favourite with celebrities. The Jewellery Quarter also has stylish and independent bars in abundance, such as The Vaults, where comfortable armchairs beckon as you sip champagnes and cocktails to a laid-back soundtrack.
Is live music to your taste? Home to many world-famous music acts, Birmingham has several great live music venues from smaller spots such as the Institute and the 02 Academy, to the Genting Arena, Barclaycard Arena and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, but not forgetting the Jam House in the Jewellery Quarter where Jools Holland is the musical director and the duelling pianos are often fired up! Or when you're ready to get the night really started, Southside and the Gas Street Basin have the city's quirkiest bars, and you'll find Birmingham's biggest nightclub PRYZM in Broad Street as well as many late night bars and a casino.
A multicultural city brings a multitude of incredible dining options, but if there's one thing that you must eat in Birmingham, it's a curry at one of the dozens of curry houses in the Balti Triangle. Adil, Al Frash and Shahi are all local favourites for an authentic Birmingham Balti experience - but the real question is, how hot do you dare go?
But even if Indian food isn't quite to your taste, you'll find plenty of other exciting restaurants in Birmingham including several with Michelin stars - Adam's and Purnell's being just two. These are the ideal destinations for meals that make an impression or for extra special celebrations, but if you're visiting on flights to Birmingham with Flybe on a smaller budget, you won't be disappointed.
Roll up your sleeves and tuck into a burger from the Original Patty Men, sample stunning Korean food at Modu, or enjoy comforting modern British dishes at The Pickled Piglet. Only have time for a quick bite? JuJu's Cafe offers all-day breakfasts and plenty of vegetarian options, or for tasty food with a view, the Balcony Bar at Selfridges can't be beaten.
Have plenty of time to spare on your trip to Birmingham? Book a guided visit to the Birmingham Back to Backs, a National Trust-owned museum with a difference - it's a carefully preserved courtyard of working people's homes and local shops that offer an authentic glimpse into what life was like in 19th century Birmingham. Or, take a boat trip around Birmingham's canals to see the city from a different view, and even venture out into the beautiful Black Country.
Animal lovers would love to visit the Birmingham Wildlife and Conservation Park, where the well-being and conservation of the animals is paramount as the park participates in several endangered species breeding programmes. Or if you'd like to know even more about Birmingham's industrial history, the Black Country Living Museum pays tribute to its coal mining heritage.
For more information on flights to Birmingham with Flybe, take a look at our dedicated Birmingham Airport page, as well as Getting to Birmingham Airport for all the details you need on travelling to the airport for your flight.