Birmingham is the UK's second largest city, and its international airport in the West Midlands is the sixth busiest in the country. Catering to business and leisure passengers alike, the airport has two terminals and is home to a number of shopping and dining outlets.
Birmingham Airport offers duty-free shopping at both its terminals, with bargains on wines and spirits, tobacco, fragrances, cosmetics and electrical goods. Boots, Dixons and W. H. Smith are on hand for last-minute essentials, whilst Austin Reed, Tie Rack and Claire's offer fashions and accessories, with Spar and Holland and Barrett selling groceries and specialist foods.
There's plenty of options for eating and drinking at Birmingham Airport, from Costa Coffee, EstPresso, Soho Coffee Co., Burger King, Upper Crust, Pret a Manger and Pash Deli serving a good choice of coffee, snacks and sandwiches, to Frankie and Benny's, Yates and Wetherspoon for full-service dining and pre-flight drinks.
You can escape the crowds by heading to one of the airport lounges at Birmingham Airport, and enjoying a quiet and relaxing environment, with wi-fi, TV, newspapers and magazines, as well as free drinks and light snacks. There are a number of hotels around the airport that offer a convenient and relaxing base before you fly, with amenities such as swimming pools, sports facilities and bars and restaurants.
Just 5 miles from the centre, Birmingham Airport is well-positioned to visit the sights of the city, with its first-class shopping, dining and entertainment, and vibrant arts scene. The famous Bullring Shopping Centre, home to over 140 shops, ChinaTown, National Sea Life Centre, Thinktank and IMAX Cinema are all popular attractions, and there are plenty of theatres, museums and galleries to visit. Head to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Winterbourne House and Garden, The National Motorcycle Museum or take the family to Cadbury World, Drayton Manor Theme Park or Dudley Zoo. Further afield, Shropshire, Warwick and Stratford-Upon-Avon offer a taste of the countryside, with picturesque town centres and a rich heritage.