Flights to Birmingham
Situated in the West Midlands of England is the UK’s ‘Second City’, Birmingham. Once the heart of England’s Industrial Revolution Birmingham has now become a popular destination with plenty of culture, shopping and entertainment on offer for visiting tourists.
Birmingham International Airport (airport code: BHX) is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) outside the city and is one of the busiest airports serving the UK. Access is available by rail, bus and taxi. You can get a flight to Birmingham from South Africa on either South African Airways or Lufthansa, and have one connection in Munich. Or if you’d prefer to transfer in Frankfurt, you can catch a flight to Birmingham with BMI or Brussels Airlines. Depending on the airline, your flight to Birmingham will take between 13 and 20 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Birmingham:
Founded in the 7th century Birmingham really began to boom during the Industrial Revolution of England and has hence long been known as an industrial city. In the last few decades that’s really begun to change though and Birmingham has become a desirable place to live, work and visit, now ranking as the fourth most visited city by foreign tourists in the UK.
Birmingham now offers many different attractions as well as great shopping, events and cultural things to see and do. Here are just some of the most popular…
Birmingham was the birthplace of the world famous Cadbury brand so it’s only fitting that there should be an attraction dedicated to chocolate! You don’t have to be a chocolate lover to find Cadbury World interesting though, proof in the fact that it’s one of Birmingham’s most visited attractions. It includes a self guided tour through 14 different zones that tell you about the history of chocolate and how it’s made.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Out of a number of museums in Birmingham the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the city’s principal museum. Entrance is free though there are sometimes exhibitions that have to be paid for. Exhibits include an internationally renowned collection of arts as well as jewellery, archaeology and ethnography, plus the local history of Birmingham and the surrounds, and the city’s industrial history.
More evidence of the Industrial Revolution in Birmingham can be found at the historic Sarehole Mill. This mill was leased to Matthew Boulton, one of the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution for use as a mill to grind or make a number of different things. The mill is a popular attraction for JRR Tolkien fans as Tolkien lived very close by in his childhood and used the mill as a location for The Lord of the Rings. There’s a Tolkien Weekend held nearby every year too.
Numerous canals were constructed through Birmingham during the times of the Industrial Revolution and were used as the main mode of transport. Today these canals have been restored and make a great place to walk or you can even rent canal boats and travel along the canals for a holiday.
Although Birmingham is a built up city there are still plenty of open spaces and gardens to enjoy here. There are two botanical gardens, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the Winterbourne Botanic Garden, as well as parks, country parks, a nature centre, and the National Sea Life Centre.
When Should You Visit?:
Birmingham has a temperate climate but the best time to visit for sightseeing is definitely in the summer. June, July and August have average highs of between 19 and 21C, and though not a really wet city Birmingham does have an even spread of rain through the year. Winters are cool and snowfall is fairly common.