Formerly known as Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham Airportis ranked as the 6th busiest airport in the United Kingdom. The airport is locatedin the borough of Solihull, about 10 km southeast of central Birmingham. Birmingham Airport serves the city and the rest of the West Midlands region with many connections to cities around UK and the rest of the world.
The airport handles numerous direct flights to all major UK and European destinations, as well as cities in North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Birmingham Airport also serves as a hub for many low-cost regional airlines like Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlinesand Thomson Airways.
Birmingham Airport is conveniently served by the Birmingham International railway station. The Air-Rail Link connects the airport passenger terminals to the railway station where trains run to the New Street Station in the city centre. The journey to the city takes about 10-20 min. Trains at the Birmingham International railways station also connects to over a hundred towns and cities. Black taxis, express coaches, and regular bus services also operate from the airport to many local destinations. A taxi ride to the city centre takes about 20-30 minutes.
Fondly called by locals as Brum, Birmingham is Britain's second largest city. This vibrant city is notable as the heart of the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom. Its rich industrial heritage is quite evident today in many of the city’s museums and attractions which feature the history of such varied industries as jewellery, toys, pens, chocolates and automobiles. The city was badly damaged during the Second World War. However beginning in the 1990s, Birmingham has revitalized most of the city with a successful blend of new industries, buzzing commercial districts and thoughtful preservation of cultural heritage making it an emerging travel destination.
Birmingham offers an array of interesting attractions to suit all interests. Much of the city centre’s streets and canals are pedestrianized and many popular attractions are within a comfortable walking distance. Here are some of the must visit sights --
This interesting museum is devoted to the history of the world-renowned steel pen making industry in Birmingham. During the 19th century, there were around 100 steel pen companies in the city and these pens were distributed worldwide. The museum features interactive displays on steel pen nibs and the pen trade as well as workshops and lectures on writing and calligraphy.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a beautifully preserved jewellery workshop. Kept in its original working condition, this museum is a definite must visit attraction in the country and a highly recommended starting point for a tour of the rest of the Jewellery Quarter. Guided tours of the workshop are available, including a history of the jewellery-making industry of the city.
One of UK’s favourite family attractions, Cadbury World is a leisure park created by the makers of the famous chocolate brand. The park showcases the story of chocolate through various interactive venues, displays and exhibits.
Victorian Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Established in 1829, this Victorian Baroque and Renaissance style museum features an extensivecollection of fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history, archaeology, ethnography, local historyand industrial history.
With its many Industrial Revolution-era landmarks and vibrant cityscape, Birmingham is definitely a city worth a visit. Birmingham enjoys a relatively moderate temperate maritime climate. Best time to visit is between April to October. Don’t miss out on this beautiful city, plan your trip to Birmingham now. Get the best flight deals to Birmingham Airport today! No fixed dates are needed – simply search all the cheap flights available using Skyscanner Singapore.
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