Birmingham is a buzzing city with scenic canals, outstanding museums and galleries, state-of-the-art library and waterside attractions. British second biggest city was once a medium-sized market town. It stayed that way all through medieval period and started growing no sooner than in the 18th century. During the Industrial Revolution Birmingham grew to be a city of international importance with its advances in science, technology and economic development.
‘Brum’ as it is known by locals is definitely a striking city with rich history and numerous attractions as well a as launching pad from which to explore the rest of West Midlands. Car hire at Birmingham Airport will give you the comfort and mobility to get the most out of your stay.
Basic info and car hire in Birmingham
- Location: West Midlands, England
- Population: 1,101,360 as of 2014
- Official language: English
- Currency: Pound sterling £ (GBP)
- Weather: Birmingham has a temperate maritime climate. It the summer the average maximum temperatures are around 21.3 °C. During the winter times, the average minimum temperature is around 6.7 °C.
- Public holidays in Birmingham: If you are planning your trip it is good to know when the bank holidays are in order to avoid complications. For the list of bank holidays in United Kingdom have a look at this site.
- Internet coverage: Birmingham City Council has launched a free public Wi-Fi across the city centre. It provides residents and tourist alike with unlimited data services on the go. There is no data or time limit so fell free to use it as you like.
- Car hire in Birmingham: People most commonly decide to hire a car at Birmingham Airport. IF you want to get the best offers, try to book your car hire 3 to 8 weeks in advance.
Driving in Birmingham
- Age limits: Age limit for car hire in United Kingdom is 21 years. You may be required to have held a driver’s licence for at least one year. Some car hire companies charge a young drivers fee for drivers under the age of 25, so be sure to check you your car hire company if the fee applies.
- International Driving Permit: If you are a citizen of European Union your driver’s licence will be sufficient. Non-European Union citizens may need an International Driving Permit.
- Additional requirements: In United Kingdom talking on the phone without hands-free equipment while driving is prohibited and a failure to do that will result in a hefty traffic fine. You also have to have a warning triangles and reflective vest in the car at all times.
- Children in the car: It is mandatory for driver and passengers to wear a seat belt. Children under the age of 12 or under 1.35 meters must be in an appropriate child seat or wear an appropriate child restraint. To avoid the inconvenience of travelling with you own child seat you can rent one with your car hire company.
- Driving side of the road: Left
- Speed limits: Keep your eyes open for a circular white traffic sign with a red border and a number written in the middle. This is the speed limit sign. Keep in mind that all the limits are in mph. If none is found, general speed limits apply.
What to see in Birmingham
Our favourite spots
Aston Hall is a magnificent Jacobean mansion build between 1618 and 1635 and located in a picturesque park in Aston, Birmingham. The hall undergone an extensive renovation form 2006-2009 and is now restored to its former glory. Follow in the steps of royalty and visit this beautiful mansion.
Leave you hired car at Star City parking.
The Ikon Gallery is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue. Featured artworks include all forms of media includes photography, sculpture, sound as well as paintings. The gallery runs an off-site ‘Education and Interpretation’ scheme that educates audiences and promotes artists and their art.
Park your hired car at Tennant Street Car Park just 3 minutes walk from the Gallery
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens are a beautiful botanical garden situated close to the centre of Birmingham and open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing day. It offers something for everyone. They have four beautiful glasshouses, playground gardens, tearoom and a gift shop. You can also book a venue for an event or a wedding.
You can leave your hired car at Morrisons which is just 6 minutes' walk from the Botanical Gardens.
Thinktank is an award-winning science museum in Birmingham. It is a part of Birmingham Museums Trust and has been open since 2001. A perfect choice for fun family day out. During the school holidays, it offers family activities from Monday to Friday. You can visit their Planetarium which offers shows about astronomy and space. For more about their exhibitions and programs visit their official website.
Leave your hired car at High Street Car Park which is just 6 minutes' walk from the Muesum.
Hotels in Birmingham
Liberty Apartments is situated just 500 meters from Broad Street. All units offer a private bathroom as well as a seating and dining area.
Situated just 800 meters from Birmingham NIA this beautiful apartment offers its guest free Wi-Fi as well as a private parking on site where you can leave your hired car worry free.
The Lodge Hotel
Located in the Hall Green Stadium, this charming hotel offers modern rooms with en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.
ibis Styles Birmingham Centre
Located in the centre of Birmingham this hotel provides its guests with a free continental breakfast. Rooms are clean with en suite bathrooms and a TV.
Drive your rental car around Birmingham
Birmingham is an excellent base for exploring the rest of the West Midlands. With car hire in Birmingham you don’t need to worry too much about planning your day trips. Car hire will give you the mobility and comfort to make your holidays the most enjoyable.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town with 800-hundred-year long history. The town is full of charming pubs and boasts a beautiful river. During the summer, you can hire a boat and enjoy an afternoon on the river.
Just 45-minute drive from Birmingham with your hired car is a magnificent Warwick Castle. The wooden motte-and-bailey castle was originally build by William the Conqueror in 1068 and later rebuild in stone. The castle was playing an important role in the British history, most famously in the War of the roses.
Where to eat, drink and party in Birmingham
Birmingham is a blooming metropolitan city with an explosion of gastronomic restaurants, cocktail bars and craft breweries.
This North American restaurant serves gourmet burgers, hot dogs and slow-cooked ribs. At the bar, you can choose from the selection of craft beers.
A contemporary British fine dining restaurant with a Michelin Star. Dining here is an exquisite experience.
This Indian outstanding Indian restaurant serves exquisite Punjabi and North Indian Cuisine. Their lunch menus are an excellent deal.
Located in the ex-office building dating from 1902 serves delicious dishes and amazing cocktails. Definitely a must try.
Major events and festivals in Birmingham
This annual festival which takes place at Moseley Park features unsigned acts as well as famous international artists.
This award-winning biennial event takes over the streets of Birmingham with four consecutive weeks of dance.
The festival begun its life as a website encouraging people to explore Birmingham’s lesser-known aspect.
Located in a venue of the Market Hall at the Custard Factory it is UK’s first and biggest gin festival. You can try over 100 varieties of gin.