Flight and hotel Birmingham
Located in the West Midlands, Birmingham (also known as Brum) is the second-largest city in Britain. The city has an estimated population of just over 1 million. One of the UK’s most diverse and cosmopolitan cities, Birmingham boasts a charming landscape, rich cultural heritage, fabulous international cuisine and a great shopping scene, all set against the city’s industrial background.
Attracting art and cultural enthusiasts, nature lovers, shopaholics and night owls, the city is a holiday destination that is sure to please young and old alike. Save on package holidays in Birmingham by choosing your flight to and hotel in Birmingham together.
What to know before visiting Birmingham
Flights arrive at Birmingham Airport (BHX), which is well connected with major UK and European destinations. For city breaks in Birmingham, you can book a direct flight from Dublin or Cork. As the official language is English, you likely won't face a language barrier. The currency is the British pound.
When is the best time to visit Birmingham?
Birmingham experiences a temperate marine climate, with warm summers and mild winters. July is the hottest month of the year, with highs around 22°C. January is the coldest, bringing average temperatures around 6–8°C.
With package holidays in Birmingham between June and September, you can experience sunny and pleasant weather, ideal for enjoying outdoor activities. For a memorable weekend in Birmingham during this time, it's recommended to book in advance.
What to do in Birmingham
There is plenty to do and see during city breaks in Birmingham:
- Experience Birmingham's rich culture and history by visiting its various city churches.
- A visit to the city is incomplete without stopping at Cadbury World, the world's biggest Cadbury's factory, where you can learn about the chocolate-making process, see chocolate rain and sample freshly made chocolate.
- Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise, providing plenty of places with high-end and designer items. The Bullring is home to some of the best department stores and brand outlets in the region.
- On the weekend in Birmingham, be sure to take a relaxing canal cruise to explore the city in a unique way.
- Birmingham is a music hotspot in the UK, boasting music for every taste. Discover the city's local musical talents at venues such as Eddie’s Rock Club or Jam House. Don't forget to catch a performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the grand Symphony Hall.
- Birmingham is known for its vibrant nightlife. Broad Street is packed with great bars and clubs, attracting a young and happening crowd. Some of the most popular clubs include the O? Institute and PRYZM
- If you love fast and furious racing, get set for go-karting at Grand Prix Karting Birmingham, which is the longest indoor karting track in the UK.
- For a laidback day, visit Adventure Island Mini Golf, a complex with two beautifully themed 18-hole golf courses.
Places to visit in Birmingham
While you can get extra savings by booking your Birmingham flight and hotel in advance, it also makes your vacation itinerary planning easy. There are several fascinating historical sites throughout Birmingham you'll want to make note of. Treasure Island and the Falconry Centre are lovely places for having fun with the kids. Acocks Green Bowl and Hickory Dickory's Playhouse are also worth checking out for family fun, and your kids will have a great time visiting the 1,000 exotic animals at Dudley Zoo and Castle.
Discover the city's creative vibe at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a must-see, features stunning greenhouses, beautiful gardens, a tearoom, playground and gift shop. Located at Millennium Point, Thinktank at Birmingham Science Museum exhibits historical artefacts and interesting futuristic models. Nature-loving visitors will have a good time at Saltwells Nature Reserve, Birmingham EcoPark and National Sea Life Centre, an incredible underwater voyage with a wide range of marine creatures. The spiritual aspect of the city can be seen at Coventry Cathedral, St Paul's Church and St Philip's Cathedral.
What to eat in Birmingham
With a spectacular curry scene, Michelin-starred restaurants and an excellent array of vividly independent cuisines, Birmingham is a foodie's paradise. Head to the renowned Balti Triangle to check out the some of the best curry houses in the city – make sure to sample the dish invented here, the Birmingham Balti curry. Situated in the southside, the Chinese Quarter is also well worth a visit for its delicious cuisine.
Blue Nile, known for its method of slow cooking, traditional spices and unique bread, specialises in authentic Ethiopian cuisine, Located at the Bull Ring Indoor Market, Pearce’s Shellfish serves fantastic seafood at pocket-friendly prices. Nosh & Quaff at Victoria Square offers fresh lobster’s dishes, burgers, hot dogs and more. Don't forget to try their Big Apple Dog, layered with bacon jam. Habaneros Mexican Street Food, Birmingham’s favourite Mexican café, serves classic tacos, nachos and spicy burritos made with the finest ingredients.
What souvenirs can you bring home from Birmingham?
Souvenir shopping in Birmingham is not limited to posh malls, expensive brand outlets or department stores. There are plenty of old markets, as well as the world-famous Jewellery Quarter, where you will find unique hand-crafted pieces at an affordable price. No vacation to Birmingham is complete without purchasing chocolates as souvenirs from Cadbury World, one of the world’s most famous chocolate brands. Other memorable souvenirs options including Brum tea towels, Langleys No.8 gin, Brumhaus artwork and 'Magic City' prints.