A beginner’s guide to Birmingham
Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK, but it’s not necessarily the obvious choice for a mini-break. However, first impressions can be deceptive – Birmingham is a surprisingly vibrant destination with a lot to offer the LGBTQ traveller.
In many ways, Birmingham can seem like a relatively young city. You could describe this as a city that is still finding its feet, emerging from the collapse of its manufacturing industry, and its transformation into a post WWII brutalist concrete cityscape.
The city centre is compact, so you don’t really need public transport to get from one side to the other.
- You can fly into Birmingham airport
- In terms of train travel, Birmingham is a major hub – with connections from across the UK. There’s frequent train services from London to Birmingham.
- You can drive to Birmingham, it’s well connected by major motorways.
- Birmingham embraces its annual LGBTQ Pride festivities – it’s one of the biggest Pride festivals in the UK.
- Birmingham Pride is usually held on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.
- Birmingham will be hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022, so there will be a lot of investment and renovation ahead of this major sporting event.