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    Birmingham: Modern mix in the Midlands

    Often termed England’s second city, Birmingham has shrugged off a sometimes grim industrial reputation to become one of the UK’s most prominent examples of urban regeneration. Its million-plus population now resides somewhere as notable for its zesty architecture and vibrant multiculturalism as for its

    canals and factory landscapes, and a catalogue of fresh clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants mean there’s plenty to keep visitors well fed and watered. Elsewhere, the city’s shops, galleries and live events cater to everyone from arty types and retail junkies to sports fans and festival lovers.


    Top 10 sights in Birmingham

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    National Sea Life Centre

    The Waters Edge, Brindley Place
    B1 2HL Birmingham
    Tel: 0871 423 2110
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    A huge aquarium with more than 60 displays of marine and freshwater life – highlights of the collection include black tip reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, green turtles and Gentoo penguins.

    Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

    Millennium Point, Curzon Street
    B4 7XG Birmingham
    Tel: (0121) 202 2222
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    An engaging collection of hands-on exhibits and educational displays spread over four floors, with part of the attraction focusing on the city’s industrial heritage.

    BBC Birmingham Public Space

    The Mailbox
    B1 1RF Birmingham
    Tel: 0370 901 1227
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1730
    Sun 1100-1700

    The BBC’s Birmingham HQ gives the opportunity for behind-the-scenes tours, visiting recording studios and sharing information on the production processes involved in TV and radio.

    Ikon Gallery

    1 Oozells Street
    B1 2HS Birmingham
    Tel: (0121) 248 0708
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1800

    A respected contemporary art gallery showing temporary exhibitions by artists from around the globe. Expect everything from painting and sculpture to sound installations and photography.

    Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    75-79 Vyse Street
    B18 26HA Birmingham
    Tel: (0121) 554 3598
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1030-1700

    Birmingham has a long history of producing jewellery and metalwork, and this former workshop gives entertaining insight into the working practices of days gone by. Guided tours take roughly one hour.

    Winterbourne House & Garden

    University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road
    B15 2RT Birmingham
    Tel: (0121) 414 3003
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1730
    Sat-Sun 1100-1730 (Apr-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1100-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    Located surprisingly close to the city centre, this restored Edwardian house sits in 3 hectares (7 acres) of botanical gardens with more than 6,000 plant species.

    Birmingham Pen Museum

    Unit 3, Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street
    B1 3HS Birmingham
    Tel: (0121) 236 9834
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1100-1600
    Sun 1300-1600

    Tracing the history of the humble pen – and more specifically, the pen industry, which was once of huge importance here – this small, independent museum has plenty of character.

    Birmingham Back-to-Backs

    55-63 Hurst Street
    B5 4TE Birmingham
    Tel: (0121) 666 7671
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    Opening times:
    Various (see website for details)

    The city’s last surviving ‘back-to-back’ houses, built around a courtyard, can be visited by guided tour, during which you’ll learn about the 19th and 20th-century residents.

    Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle
    CV34 4QU Warwick
    Tel: 0871 265 2000
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    Opening times:
    Daily from 1000
    (closing times vary; see website for details)

    An obvious day trip from Birmingham, this spectacular medieval castle has a history dating back to the days of William the Conqueror. It has various visitor features, including a Castle Dungeon manned by costumed actors.

    Cadbury World

    Linden Road, Bournville
    B30 2LU Birmingham
    Tel: 0844 880 7667
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    Opening times:
    Various (see website for details)

    A temple to all things chocolate, this large-scale attraction covers the 200-year-history of the Cadbury company as well as offering play areas, chocolate-making demonstrations and other fun elements.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each country is proud of its traditions – there are even four national soccer teams here – so make sure you don’t refer to all of the islands’ inhabitants as “English”!

    The British have a unique cultural history: They have the oldest democracy in modern times, produced some of the foremost European writers, have a past as a colonial power and, last but not least, their royal family. They are also world famous for their particular form of humor even if it is not fully understood or appreciated everywhere. To this day, the islands’ inhabitants indulge in the luxury of occasionally affecting eccentricity – and politically, too, they go their own way, as evidenced by their departure from the EU (Brexit).

    Not just politically, but also economically and culturally, London, the capital, is the country’s epicenter. For true wilderness, visit the rugged Scottish Highlands, which are snow-covered on the higher slopes and often inaccessible. Art-loving Edinburgh is a dream city, and hikers and whiskey fans feel the pull of the Hebrides. Visitors to Wales flock to dynamic Cardiff and the industrial city of Swansea in the south and to the rugged rocky slopes of Snowdonia in the north. The progressive and vibrant city of Belfast lies on the other side of the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland.


    The British landscape can be divided into two kinds of terrain – highlands in the north and lowlands in the south. The highland areas are found in Wales and parts of the midlands and the north, and the highest mountain is Scotland’s Ben Nevis (1343 meters). The Scottish highlands boast unique and for the most part deserted landscapes with fjords, lakes (lochs) and moorlands.

    The Lake District in the northwest of England is famous for its beautiful lakes and fells. The lowlands consist of sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and vast, pleasant river landscapes. In the southeast, the North and South Downs extend down to the famous white cliffs of Dover.

    Sandy beaches and rugged cliffs are the main features on the Scottish east coast, while further south, rocks, shale, dunes and sandy beaches dominate the coastline.

    The Channel Islands – Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney off the coast of Normandy – also belong to Great Britain.

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    Key facts

    Population: 66,02 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: London.


    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland.


    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Good Friday: 10 April 2020
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2020
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2020
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2020
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Good Friday: 2 April 2021
    Early May Bank Holiday: 4 May 2021
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2021
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2021
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The city is well served by rail and bus links, with eight local rail lines connecting all the key sights and attractions and a comprehensive bus network spanning the entire city. The rail system is also good if you’re getting out of the city on day trips – taking you everywhere from Warwick Castle to Stratford-upon-Avon.


    You’ll find two types of taxi in Birmingham – London-style black cabs and private-hire vehicles. The former can be flagged down in the street and found at taxi ranks, the latter need to be pre-booked. Black cabs can be called from TOA Taxis (tel: (0121) 427 8888), while TC Cars is a private-hire firm (tel: (0121) 770 2000).


    Nightlife in Birmingham


    A city this big is always going to offer plenty to do come sundown, and Birmingham’s mix of traditional pubs,

    live music, thumping DJ clubs and arts venues has much to recommend it.


    182 Broad Street
    B15 1DA Birmingham
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    A huge nightlife complex with four nightclubs, nine bars and various different types of music.

    The Old Joint Stock

    4 Temple Row West
    B2 5NY Birmingham
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    A lovely pub set in an old Grade II-listed theatre, with a patio garden and a good range of beers.

    Nightingale Club

    Essex House, Kent Street
    B5 6RD Birmingham
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    A gay superclub set over three floors, with capacity for 2,000 people.

    Penny Blacks

    The Mailbox, 132-134 Wharfside Street
    B1 1RQ Birmingham
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    A recently relaunched bar in the Mailbox Shopping Centre, with hand-painted wall art and party booths.

    Crescent Theatre

    Sheepcote Street
    B16 8AE Birmingham
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    Home to a long-standing theatre company, with stage productions and cinema screenings both on offer.


    Restaurants in Birmingham


    The city plays home to the famous restaurant-thronged Balti Triangle – thought by many to be the birthplace of Balti

    – but there’s far more to Birmingham than its curries.

    Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill

    200 Wharfside Street, The Cube
    B1 1PR Birmingham
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    Price: Expensive

    The 25th-floor setting gives great city views, and the steaks don’t disappoint either.

    Adam’s Restaurant

    21a Bennetts Hill
    B2 5QP Birmingham
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    Price: Expensive

    A Michelin-starred choice in the heart of the city, putting its own take on British classics.

    Ju Ju’s Cafe

    100 Browning Street
    B16 8EH Birmingham
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    Price: Moderate

    A popular spot overlooking a canal, with menus offering everything from seafood to salads.

    B26 Food of India

    2226-2228 Coventry Road
    B26 3JH Birmingham
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    Price: Cheap

    A good pick among Birmingham’s numberless Indian restaurants, with a good choice of Balti dishes.

    The Warehouse Cafe

    54-57 Allison Street
    B5 5TH Birmingham
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    Price: Cheap

    A much-loved vegetarian restaurant committed to sustainability and good food.


    Calendar of events

    Birmingham Pride

    May 23 – 25, 2020

    Venue: Birmingham Gay Village, in and around Hurst Street

    A flamboyant carnival parade kicks off Birmingham’s LGBT celebration. The party cranks up with star singers on the main stage (past headliners have included Gabrielle and Katy B), a pumping dance arena, cabaret acts, and dancing and dog shows on the Community Village Green.

    BE Festival (theatre)

    June 23 – 27, 2020

    Venue: The REP

    Love contemporary theatre? Love dinner? The two combine neatly at BE Festival, an international theatre festival showcasing cutting-edge new European productions. As part of the audience, you can watch four 30-minute performances each night, and enjoy supper with the cast during the interval.

    Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival

    July 17 – 26, 2020

    Venue: Various venues

    Jazz artists play a packed programme of around 200 live shows and jam sessions across 80 venues. A highlight for many are the outdoor performances from the bandstand at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens – don’t forget your Pimms and picnic! Best of all, most gigs are free.

    Birmingham Comedy Festival

    October 2 – 11, 2020

    Venue: Various venues

    Russell Brand, Peter Kay and Michael McIntyre are among the top comedians to have graced the stages of Birmingham’s annual funny fest. Local upcoming acts aren’t forgotten though, and you’re spoiled for laughs, with over 100 events to choose from.

    The Birmingham Literature Festival

    October 2020

    Venue: Various venues

    Big-name authors are always on the bill at Birmingham’s annual book festival. Writer interviews, lectures and panel discussions take place across the city, including in the striking new Library of Birmingham. Literary wannabes can sign up to workshops; past themes have included horror, poetry and historical writing.

    Fierce Festival

    October 2020

    Venue: Various venues

    Thought-provoking, live art is the name of the game at Fierce Festival. Curious installations, wacky stunts (ever seen a feather-clad man in a giant bird’s nest on the side of a high rise?) and ultra-contemporary performance art mean you’re likely to be in for a few shocks.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Birmingham


    In fitting Birmingham style, its hotel portfolio has something for all tastes, from independent boltholes to corporate chain hotels.

    The city attracts a lot of business travellers, so you may find accommodation gets busy when large conferences are on.

    Hyatt Regency Birmingham

    2 Bridge Street
    B1 2JZ Birmingham
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    Category: Expensive

    A large, luxurious chain hotel just a few minutes from the city’s main shopping centres.

    Westmead Hotel

    Hopwood, Birmingham
    West Midlands B48 7AL
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Moderate

    A comfortable, well-run option with spacious rooms, around 20 minutes from the city centre.

    Hotel La Tour

    Albert Street
    B5 5JE Birmingham
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    Category: Moderate

    A four-star design hotel complete with brasserie, coffee shop and gym.

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    Climate and best time to visit Birmingham

    This being the British Midlands, summers tend to be warm rather than overly hot while winters rarely drop below freezing, and the lack of extremes means that Birmingham is essentially a year-round destination. Its roster of big live events is unsurprisingly at its most active during the May-to-November period, but the city’s status is such that you’ll rarely find a weekend without high-quality entertainment, at any time of the year. Major dates include the International Jazz & Blues Festival in late July, the weekend-long Pride festival over the spring bank holiday and the biennial International Dance Festival, every other April/May.

    Climate and best time to visit United Kingdom

    Temperate climate, damp and warm in the summer, wet and cool in the winter. Due to its island location, the United Kingdom has extremely changeable weather. A great deal of rain falls on the west coast and on high ground, and it’s colder and windier on the north coast. The southeast is sunnier than the north and has less rain. The southwestern part of the country has the mildest climate.

    The best time to visit is high summer although even then, relatively low temperatures and rain are always a possibility, especially in the northern regions. Southern England’s seaside resorts are at their best in July and August.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code: +44

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Birmingham

    Key Areas

    The main shopping streets include the chain-heavy New Street, Corporation Street and High Street, while those in search of bling would do well to take in the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter, home to more than 100 craftsmen and still responsible for producing some 40% of the nation’s jewellery.


    The Bullring has three different markets taking place six days a week – there’s an open market, an indoor market and a rag market, while there’s quality fresh produce to be found at the New Street Farmers’ Market, which is held every other Wednesday.

    Shopping Centres

    The city’s two best-known malls are the Bullring – recognisable by its curved exterior design and home to more than 160 stores – and the Mailbox, where you’ll find Harvey Nichols and Emporio Armani, among others. Elsewhere, the Great Western Arcade, home to some independent boutiques, has preserved a handsome Victorian look.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    When first introduced, you extend your right hand and say “Pleased to meet you” or, a little more formally, “How do you do?” For friends and acquaintances, the usual greeting is “hello” or “hi” or the slightly more formal “Good morning/afternoon/evening!”

    Hosts appreciate chocolates or a bottle of wine. If invited to dinner, wait till everyone has been served before starting to eat. If you accidentally bump into or get in the way of a passerby on the metro or on the street, it’s polite to say “sorry”; begin a request for information with “excuse me.” It is the tradition in Great Britain to form and line and wait, overtaking (queue jumping) and pushing are frowned upon.


    Casual clothing is acceptable, but more elegant clothing is often expected in nightclubs and restaurants.

    Jeans and sneakers are not permitted in some discotheques; other nightclubs have other dress codes, depending on their clientele.

    In public

    Topless bathing is permitted on some beaches and tolerated in some public parks.

    Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the United Kingdom.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years.  Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Dawson, Kenneth
    Aeromedical Services Ltd.
    SPIRE Parkway Hospital
    1 Damson Parkway
    Solihull B91 2PP
    Great Britain
    Tel. +44-1675-442069

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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