Information & Facts
Birmingham's weather is typically English, if slightly more
temperate than the coast. Rainfall occurs all year round but is
heavier in winter. Average maximum temperatures in summer (July)
are around 68°F (20°C) and in winter (January) around 40°F (4.5°C).
Due to its inland location snow does occur in the city centre
during winter but has become less frequent over the past few years.
Tornadoes occur intermittently, the most recent being in July
The best way to explore Birmingham is on foot as the majority of
the city centre is now pedestrianised and the canals, which have
been cleaned up, make for attractive walkways. The majority of
transport used in Birmingham and the West Midlands area are buses.
There is no central bus station, but a bus stop can be found on
almost every corner. Travel West Midlands is the main operator; a
single fare costing between £0.80 to £1.10 and a Daysaver ticket,
allowing unlimited bus travel for one day costing £3. An exact fare
is required when boarding the bus, as drivers will not give change.
Black cabs can be hailed in the street or reached at one of the
many taxi ranks in the city centre, the main ones situated at New
Street Station, Stephenson Street and Digbeth Coach Station. New
Street and Moor Street train stations provide rail connections to
destinations throughout the UK. For coach transfers to other major
towns and cities, National Express is a good bet.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).