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Birmingham Guide

Need to know

Britain’s second largest city and the geographical heart of England, Birmingham is a thriving metropolis known for its distinctive local ‘Brummie’ accent. Experiencing somewhat of a renaissance, the city is filled with galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, and is well-planned with pedestrian zones and plenty of public parks. Must-visits include the Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Library of Birmingham and the Victoria Law Courts.

To get yourself oriented, take a walk around Birmingham’s centre, making sure to explore the Jewellery Quarter, Europe's largest jewellery district which produces 40% of the United Kingdom’s jewellery, and the Chinese Quarter, where you can find some fantastic Cantonese food. Speaking of food, Birmingham boasts a huge array of Pakistani restaurants, including many which are completely vegetarian, so be sure to enjoy a touch of culinary exploration.

Birmingham has many beautiful parks and green spaces perfect for an afternoon stroll. Check out Cannon Hill Park, Lickey Hills Country Park and the astonishing Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses. It’s also a little-known fact that Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice, and a tour by canal boat is a unique way to see the city. Take a canal tour around through the Gas Street Basin, out towards Birmingham’s suburbs, or into Dudley’s limestone caves, just half an hour away from the city centre.

Getting around

Birmingham is a large city best navigated on foot or by public transport. It is a far-reaching city with lots of outer suburbs, but the city centre itself is small enough to walk around. If you want to head a little further out of the city, buses operate from a number of stops in the city and are a cheap and reliable way of getting around. Birmingham New Street station is the main train station in the city and trains run regularly to a number of destinations across the UK. Be sure to book your tickets in advance if you want to travel to another city to avoid high ticket prices.
 

The UK has a temperate climate, making it mild all year round with warmer summers and no dry season. The summer months, between June and August, are the best time to visit Birmingham, when the weather is warmer and the there is less rainfall. The average yearly temperature in Birmingham stays between 5 and 17 degrees. Avoid travelling in the winter months between November and January as temperatures plummet and rainfall does increase.

Birmingham Airport

Located around 13 kilometres from Birmingham’s city centre, Birmingham Airport is the seventh busiest airport in the UK. Birmingham Airport is the gateway to the Midlands, Wales, the Peak District and other countryside tourist attractions. Flights travel to Birmingham Airport from a number of destinations, including.Dublin, Paris, Munich and Glasgow. There are no direct flights available from Australia.