Serving the city of Birmingham in England is Birmingham Airport, located 10.2km east-southeast of the city centre, at Bickenhill in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull within the West Midlands. Birmingham Airport has one asphalt surface runway, with direction of 15/33 and length of 3,052 metres or 10,013 feet. Moreover, the airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence, allowing flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction.
What to see & do
A city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands in England, United Kingdom, Birmingham is the most populous British city outside London. The city is ranked as a beta-world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and is an important transport, retail, events, and conference hub. Birmingham’s major cultural institutions and the city’s vibrant and influential grassroots art, music, literary, and culinary scenes also majorly contribute to its international prominence, making it a popular tourist destination. After an enriching cultural trip around Birmingham during the day, the city’s lively nightlife also has a lot to offer. Broad Street and Brindleyplace, as well as the surrounding areas, are popular for their stylish venues such as pubs, clubs, bars, and entertainment complex. Shopping in Birmingham is also one of the best outside of London.
Birmingham is also home to many national festivals. One of the most popular among tourists is the Birmingham Pride which takes place in the gay village, attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Birmingham is the city’s largest single-day event, also Europe’s second largest next to Dublin.
How to get around within Birmingham
Buses, trains, and the Metro are all operated by the Network West Midlands. This network includes the busiest urban rail system in the UK outside London, as well as the busiest bus system outside London. The Birmingham Outer Circle bus routes, or the number 11 outer circle bus routes, are the longest urban bus routes in Europe (42km long) with 272 bus stops. The Midland Metro, West Midlands’ light rail system, operates between Snow Hill and Wolverhampton via Bilston, Wednesbury, and West Bromwich, and is being extended from Snow Hill up to Birmingham city centre.
When exploring the extensive canal network in Birmingham, travelling to out-of-town attractions, or visiting less crowded places, biking is a good means of transportation for touring, as well as walking. The Birmingham City Council has produced an excellent cycling and walking map of the major tourist attractions in the city. The map can be picked up from local libraries, tourist information office, leisure centres, or bike shops. There is the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 5 (Oxford to Derby) that passes through Birmingham from the south to the northwest, known as the Rea Valley Route. The Cole Valley Route, on the other hand, is in the east.
When driving, it is important to remember that the Birmingham city centre is partially pedestrianized and has many unintuitive one-way systems. It is essential for drivers to always have a good map with them. Tourist information offices have available map of city centre car parks. Motorcycles and mopeds are also common especially when avoiding rush hour traffic. Taxi ranks are also all over Birmingham. An interesting way of going around the city, particularly on the local canals, is by water buses and taxis.
How to get there
Birmingham Airport serves as base for Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways. These airlines and more operate flights to and from domestic destinations in the UK, and international destinations in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, North America, and the Caribbean. In 2013, the busiest domestic routes to and from the airport include Edinburgh, Belfast, Glasgow, and Aberdeen; while the busiest international routes to and from the airport include Dublin, Dubai, Amsterdam, Paris, and Alicante.
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