|Popular in||August||High demand for flights, 25% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||March||Best time to find cheap flights, 12% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1,469||Average for return flights in May 2022|
Birmingham’s tourism industry is most active during the summer months, from May to September, as this is when weather warmest and sunniest. Flights to Birmingham tend to be a bit more expensive during this time, but it is possible to get a good deal.
Taking place in October and conducted by well-known international charity Oxfam and run entirely by volunteers, Oxfam aims to show visitors exciting new talent in some of the best venues in Birmingham. The festival has previously had a line-up of over 60 acts, performing in six venues. All proceeds go to Oxfam to help with their global humanitarian efforts.
Another event taking place in October is the Birmingham Black International Film festival. Take a cheap flight to Birmingham and enjoy premiers of innovative independent films, live arts, theatre productions and music events. This event hopes to promote black cinema in the midlands region and throughout the rest of the UK. Events and screenings take place around the city.
The period from November to February, taking in the winter months, is the time when Birmingham sees least visitors due to the drop in temperature and increased chances of rain. Cheap flights to Birmingham can be found during this period.
Birmingham was once the epicentre of Britain’s industrial revolution but is now in the midst of a regeneration that is making it a brilliant place for shopping, culture and fun.
Much of the city centre is pedestrianised and this combined with recent redevelopments, like the large Bullring shopping centre, make Birmingham a top retail destination. The Jewellery Quarter just north of the centre is home to many boutiques and specialist retailers and workshops, most notably for jewellery but also other luxury goods. Another famous export from Birmingham is Cadbury’s chocolate, and Cadbury World, the huge chocolate factory in Bournville, will delight the whole family with its tour of chocolate history and production; the free samples alone are worth paying the airfare to Birmingham!
Birmingham is excellent for live music, with Black Sabbath and UB40 having cut their musical teeth here, and there is always something to see each night in areas like Digbeth with its popular venues. Other great nightlife areas outside of the centre include Moseley and Selly Oak. Watch out for dress codes though as they are common throughout the city.
With a temperate climate typical of England, July and August are generally Birmingham’s warmest months and January and February the coolest. It is also one of the city’s most prone to snow in the UK due to its relatively high elevation.
As Birmingham’s city centre is partially pedestrianised, most sites are easily reachable on foot. Having undergone considerable redevelopment, the paths alongside the city’s extensive canal network make excellent routes for pedestrians.
Waterbuses and taxis also exist along the canals, being somewhat slower than other modes of transport but are a novel and enjoyable option for a leisurely journey. National Express West Midlands and other companies offer public bus route, mostly radiating outward from the centre to the city’s margins, and rail services throughout the city are also available from central New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) is served by trains, buses and coaches taking visitors to the city centre as well as to other UK cities. There is also a 24 hours taxi service available.
For a flight to Birmingham, you will be flying into Birmingham. Birmingham (BHM) is just 6.9 km from the centre of the city.