It beats away right at the heart of England – if you like London, you'll love Birmingham. England’s second-largest city is dynamic, cultural and individual.

Birmingham invites the visitor to explore, be amazed and enjoy. Whether on one of the numerous cultural events such as a performance by the celebrated Birmingham Royal Ballet, an entertaining comedy evening in the award-winning Glee Club, an extended shopping trip down New Street or a stroll around the traditional Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham is multifaceted, and radiates a charm that attracts and enchants visitors.

Join the evening crowd in the famous Balti Triangle, and eventually choose one of the many (usually Indian) restaurants for a tasty curry. Share a freshly-tapped beer or two with cheerful, like-minded people in one of the many pubs and bars, and then roll happily into bed in one of the central hotels before setting off on the next day on a journey through time to Warwick Castle.

Enjoy the delightful landscape on the way there, and perhaps be a little inspired by it – just like JRR Tolkien was, the British author who penned the successful «Lord of the Rings».

City Facts

  • Location

    The second most highly populated city in Great Britain after London.

  • Population

    Approx. 1 million

  • Size

    Approx. 268 km²

  • Public transport

    Extensive bus and train network and underground.

  • Climate

    Moderate climate. July and August are the warmest months. Winters tend to be mild.

  • Best time to visit

    Between May and September.

  • Good to know

    Some of Birmingham’s nicknames:«Brum»,«Workshop of the World»,«City of a 1000 trades»,«The Second City».

  • Nice to know

    Birmingham has around 600 parks and green areas, more than any other city in Europe.

  • Airport

    Birmingham Airport, approx. 10 km east of the city.

  • Bus

    The 900 goes to the city centre every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 25 minutes.

  • Railway

    There is a train to the city centre every 5 to 15 minutes. Depending on the connection, the travel time is 10 to 20 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi ranks outside the Arrivals Terminals. It’s about a 20- to 30-minute ride to the centre.