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Cheap Flights to Birmingham

“Brum”, as it’s affectionately known to locals, has an incredible industrial legacy. It was once called “The City of 1000 Trades,” and that diversity has left England’s second-largest city with a unique character. It has been enjoying a true renaissance which can be glimpsed in the lovingly restored Victorian architecture, the obvious investment in public assets, the booming gastronomic scene, and some of the best shopping destinations in the UK.  

Flights from Birmingham 

Formerly known as Birmingham International Airport, BHX underwent a rebrand several years ago and is now just called “Birmingham Airport.” Despite the change in name, BHX still offers international flights to destinations throughout Europe, in the Middle East, across the Indian Subcontinent, and in North America. It serves around 9 million passengers each year, which makes it the 7th busiest airport in the UK. 

Finding cheap flights from Birmingham is usually a simple matter, as the airport is a base for budget airlines Ryanair, FlyBe and Monarch, as well as package-holiday affiliated airlines such as Thompson and Thomas Cook. Most major British and European airlines also have a presence at BHX. Birmingham Airport recently underwent a renovation project that combined all passenger facilities into one terminal, streamlining the experience for everyone. 

What to Do in Birmingham

Much of the city center has been pedestrianized, so take your time and stroll through, savoring the many creative ways that “Brummies” have mixed the old with the new and fresh. Birmingham was at the very heart of Britain's Industrial Revolution, and several of its largest and most popular attractions draw directly from that heritage. 

Cadbury World is an incredible treat for chocolate lovers. Tour the historic factory, enjoy free samples, and learn about what life was like for 20th century workers in the purpose-built village. The Custard Factory sounds similarly sweet, but it’s actually a unique niche-building for art and design, with galleries, boutiques, and cafes, all clustered into the former industrial building. Birmingham in general is stuffed with opportunities to enjoy theatre, museums, shopping, and dining. 

Advice to Tourists Visiting Birmingham

Like much of the UK, Birmingham gets more than its fair share of rain, but it has its charms even in the wet. If you’re angling for sunshine, July and August are your best bet. You’ll get the best of the long evenings and enjoy temperatures in the high sixties. Birmingham is a college town and also a popular spot for conventions, so it’s a good idea to book early. 

Try Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison service for the best deal on accommodations. The surrounding English Midlands are picturesque, full of little villages that deserve a visit, so consider a road trip with our free rental car comparison tool. Just remember to drive on the left! 

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