The Birmingham Airport played a significant role in the city’s aviation history. Requisitioned by the Air Ministry during the Second World War, it was used as an Elementary Flying School. It later served as a delivery air base during the war, and used as flight-testing facility. Today, the Birmingham Airport not only serves as the gateway to the city, but is also one of the largest airports in the United Kingdom.
With only one terminal, expect the usual bustle and hubbub of a busy airport. It served a whopping 9 million passengers in 2012.
Birmingham Airport offers a variety of shops and restaurants catering to every passenger’s needs, whether it be last minute shopping, or hunger pangs that needs subduing.
Families with young children will be delighted to know that there’s a play area in the terminal to keep the little ones occupied, while the parents put their feet up. And with the ubiquitous WIFI connection at the terminal, parents can keep their children within sight.
How to get around
Once you’re ready to head into the city, you have a choice between hire cars, taxis, trains and buses.
Birmingham City is a short bus ride and not more than 20 minutes away from the airport. What used to be the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Birmingham paved the way to the birth of heavy metal music.
What to do and see
Balti Triangle of Birmingham, or ‘Asia-town’, is an island of Asian treasures, and prominently known for its Balti curry dish. All you have to do is walk past the strip of restaurants to get a whiff of the tantalising fragrance of exotic spices and ingredients. Heads-up to foodies, you’ll have a hard time choosing from the inexhaustible menu of scrumptious Balti food. Calling all fashionistas! Shop till you drop at bargain prices, or be vogue with higher end fashion. There’s sure something for every taste.
Colmore Business District, the heart of commercial activities in Birmingham has all the professional services, retail, bars, and restaurants to cater to your needs. If you have time to spare after your business engagements, the Birmingham cathedral is a place you may want to visit. This baroque-style cathedral was consecrated in 1715. Its opulent exterior is surrounded by one of the only green spaces within the city centre. For those with an interest in art, Birmingham museum and art gallery is also a popular spot for visitors. Its collections include one of the world’s finest Pre-Raphaelite art. Entry is free, though some exhibits may charge an entrance fee.
A stop not to be missed is the Jewellery Quarter where you will find the heart of the nation’s jewellery manufacturing as well as the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Walk around the antique tools and machinery exhibition, and watch live jewellery-making demonstrations at the museum. Looking for little gift for yourself or a loved one? You can purchase hand-made jewellery at the souvenir shop.
Century-old landmarks, unique Victorian art, plus shopping and food haven – what’s not to like about Birmingham?