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Birmingham’s industrial legacy as ‘the City of a Thousand Trades’ has transformed into a vibrant and contemporary culture. There is world class shopping like the Custard Factory built by pioneer Sir Alfred Bird, the Jewellery Quarter, the giant hanger that houses the famous ‘Rag Market’ selling all kinds of curios and the imposing Bull Ring. Modern Birmingham sits comfortably alongside the historical.

Beautiful Sarehole Mill, built in the 18th century was a favourite haunt of writer JRRR Tolkein, while the Central Library, Centenary Square with its art deco Hall of Memory War Memorial and the grandeur of Victoria Square are dotted around Birmingham like jewels from its past.

Parents travelling with kids are sure to win brownie points with a trip to Cadbury World to the famous chocolate being made and even try making their own; while Brimingham’s ThinkTank Science Museum is sure to expand inquisitive minds. For those with an interest in the arts there is the Ikon Gallery stuffed full of the most cutting edge modern pieces, while the Barber Institute offers up everything from Ruebens and Picasso to Magritte and Van Dyke.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens provide 15 acres of much needed tranquillity; an oasis in the heart of the city. Similarly the Winterbourne House and Garden, an Edwardian gem, is home to some of the most spectacular plant collections in the country. By night Birmingham’s array of cinemas, clubs, theatres, bars and restaurants put the finishing touches to any day out.

Fly In

The closest airport to Birmingham city is Birmingham International Airport. Located less than 6 miles from the city centre, public transport makes travel from the airport into town easy and accessible. The free Air-Rail link connects the airport to the main train station for onward travel to many UK destinations while a network of local buses take visitors to the city centre in under 15 minutes. Car hire and taxis are also available to hire from outside the terminal building.

What you need to know – 150

Currency: The British Pound Sterling (GBP) £

Visas: No visa is required by British or EU citizens to enter Birmingham. Any non-British citizens may require permission to enter the UK. This primarily applies to Commonwealth citizens, visa nationals,

those that are stateless, hold a non-national travel document or a passport issued by an authority unrecognised in the UK. Please check with your local embassy or the Foreign Office website for more information.

Laws: The legal age for consuming alcohol in the UK is 18. Drinking on the street is prohibited as is smoking in public places. Breaking either of these laws will incur a penalty or fine.

Best times to Visit

Birmingham has plenty going on allowing for year round visits. With many of its best features under cover, rain won’t dampen the spirits. The summer months are the liveliest, when the International Carnival and the International Jazz and Blues Festival come to town. Saying that, the Flatpack Film Festival in March is also well worth a visit while car enthusiasts should go in May/June for the British International Motor Show. Moseley Folk Festival and ArtsFest in September and Birmingham Comedy Festival in October offer culture and laughter in the months approaching winter. Come December, Birmingham is brought back to life with Christmas markets and a festive atmosphere. 

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