As the second-largest city in Great Britain, Birmingham offers a variety of attractions one will have fun in checking out. Restored Victorian buildings, an expensively funded library, and a ritzy shopping centre make up only some of the landmarks to check out here. Going to this part of England can be possible through Birmingham Airport, which lies around 10.2 kilometres away from the city centre. It is a hub for Flybe, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways, which partly contribute in its standing as one of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom, in terms of passenger traffic.
With flights to destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and some parts of Asia, Birmingham Airport makes the region accessible to a wide range of international visitors. It also has a public-use aerodrome licence, allowing flights for the public transport of passengers or flying instruction. Getting around to the city is also relatively easy, due to the airport's connection to the A45 main road and its proximity to Junction 6 of the M42, a major motorway. Other transport links are also available, which makes it easy for tourists to get to Birmingham proper after they finish the arrival procedures.
Where to go
Famed for the mythical Loch Ness monster, the city of Inverness in Scotland makes an interesting destination. There are various places to check out here, such as the surrounding Ness Islands, where one can go on a leisurely stroll along the river. Planted with mature Scots pine, fir, beech, and other types of trees connected by elegant footbridges, the islands make a pretty picnic spot. From here, one can venture to Inverness Castle on the hill above the city centre. The pinkish sandstone structure is topped by picturesque Baronial turrets, but is not open to the public. The surrounding gardens, though, offer good views of the area. The Inverness Museum & Art Gallery is also pleasing to visit, due to its displays of wildlife dioramas, geological materials, a number of period rooms with historic weapons, and many more.
The Isle of Man between England and Ireland, also serves as a destination not to be missed for tourists who want a slice of quiet and a taste for an island lifestyle. The area's tranquillity can be disrupted in the summer season, though, when the annual Tourist Trophy (TT) motorbike racing is going on. One can check out other landmarks, though, in lieu of watching the contest. There is the Castle Rushen to see, which features an impressive 13th-century structure and a flag tower that allows visitors to enjoy fine views of the town and the coast. The House of Manannan is also an interesting landmark, where one can look at interactive displays explaining the history of the isle and its seafaring history.
Stockholm, around two to three hours away, can be reached through a connecting flight from Birmingham. It is a beautiful city with various waterways threading through the area. Gamla Stan, the old town, features a compact little maze of cobblestoned streets with stucco walls of red, orange, and vanilla-coloured buildings. The south of Gamlan Stan is the island neighbourhood of Soldermalm, where the waterfront hills are dotted with old residences, shops, art galleries, and other establishments.
Multitudes of landmarks in between can be found here, such as the Medeltidsmuseet, which can be found under the bridge linking Gamla Stan and Norrmalm. It is a child-friendly museum, which offers hand-on and multimedia displays, as well as the 1520s ship Riddarsholm. There is also the Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, which gives an insight on the way of life of ancient Swedes.
By way of connecting flights, tourists can turn to Hyderabad in the province of Sindh in Pakistan. Located on the Indus about 180 kilometres northeast of Karachi. Although not as interesting for those looking for unusual sights, one can find here several sprawling bazaars for souvenirs. From here, one can move on to Karachi, where one can check out the Mohatta Palace, near the Ziarat of Abdullah Shah Gazi. It features exhibits detailing the history of the country's arts, while its gardens offer some respite from the crowded streets. There is also the National Museum to visit, where one will find several artefacts from different time periods.
How to get out
Birmingham Airport offers flights going to various cities in different parts of the world. Some of the airlines serving here include Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Air France, Air India, American Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eastern Airways, Emirates, Flybe, Germanwings, Icelandair, KLM, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pakistan International Airlines, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, United Airlines, VLM Airlines, and Vueling.
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