Birmingham is a real gem! Excellent restaurants, good shopping, exciting nightlife and an architectural icon have transformed perceptions of the city. Last but not least, the landscape that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write "The Lord of the Rings."

Facts

Population

1 million

Currency

British Pounds, £1 = 100 pence

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 9.30 am-6 pm. Many larger stores are open until 8 pm and frequently from 10 am–6 pm on Sundays and other public holidays.

Newspapers

Birmingham Post Birmingham Evening Mail

Tourist information

Visitor Centre - New Street The junction of New Street and Corporation Street, Birmingham, B2 4DB +44 844 888 3883 Visitor Centre - Birmingham Airport Birmingham Airport Arrivals, B26 3QJ +44 844 888 3883

Travel to Birmingham

Book your flights to Birmingham with Etihad Airways and see a city on the move with a vast number of cultural events to please any traveller, in addition to the variety of excellent museums.

Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham

  • Visit the National Sea Life Centre, the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom, where you can find creatures such as giant octopuses, terrifying sharks, and manta rays
  • Visit Cadbury World to learn about the history of cocoa and the inner-workings of how chocolate is manufactured
  • See the best collection of art in the world, from Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painters, in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, including art by Degas and Botticelli
  • Let yourself be inspired by the Jacobean-style Aston Hall mansion and its wonderful gardens, the very same sight that inspired Washington Irving to write his book “Bracebridge Hall” after his visit
  • Check out St. Paul’s Gallery, a music lover’s paradise, where you will find the largest collection of signed album cover art in the world

Plan Your Birmingham Holiday

Using Etihad Airways Deals section, you can find great flight deals to Birmingham that will allow you to enjoy these and many other experiences. Keep in mind that weather is colder from October to May. If you want to enjoy outdoor activities, the best time to buy tickets to Birmingham is in the summer.

Throughout summer, you can enjoy many events such as Summer in Southside, Birmingham Fest, or the highly original Birmingham Chilli Festival. Obviously, these and other celebrations bring a great number of tourists into the city, so if you want to find cheap hotels in Birmingham you need to book your stay well in advance of your travel dates.

Travelling from the UAE, Oman or Qatar?

Book your flights to Birmingham and take advantage of the Electronic Visa Waiver. If you are a UAE, Oman or Qatar passport holder, simply apply for your UK visa online 48 hours before you travel and enjoy your stay in the UK.  

 

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