Car Rental in Birmingham
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Where to rent a car in Birmingham
Plenty of car rental companies can be found in Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Most of the car rental companies can be found around the area within the confines of the A450, along the A45, and along the Bristol Road. Others can also be found at the Birmingham Airport. Some of the car rental agencies in the area include major groups like Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, National, and Enterprise, while local ones include Green Motion, MHL Motors, NV Vehicle Solutions, Advantage Car Hire, Practical Car and Van Rental, and The Flash Car Rental, among others. Bigger car rental companies tend to rent out more types of vehicles and charge a little bit more than the base price, but they can actually match offers by local car rental companies depending on the arrangements. Discounts are sometimes given for online bookings, along daily/weekly/monthly deals.
What to expect when renting a car from Birmingham
Birmingham has well-maintained and well-constructed roads that connect it to many destinations in the United Kingdom. It is mainly served by major highways such as the A450 and the A32, the A45, M5, and M6, which connect it to other cities within England. Usually, traffic in Birmingham picks up at 8:00 in the morning until mid-day, and returns around 4:00 in the afternoon until about 6:00 in the evening. The 'traffic' situation does not really mean heavy traffic, as most areas in the city is covered by public transportation schemes and locals tend to use them more than they use private vehicles. Moreover, it is also easy to find parking spaces here, as street parking spaces are readily available to be covered.
Getting to your destination
The British Museum is one of the more important museums in the world that is dedicated to human history and culture. It is located in the Bloomsbury area of London, hosting a permanent collection of over 8 million works. It is also among the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions in existence, with collections originating from all continents. The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum can be reached by covering the M6 from the Aston Expressway and exiting on Exit 6 on to the M40 and the A40 in Montague in London.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the major tourist attractions in Bristol. It was opened in 1864 spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. The bridge was built and designed by Henry Barlow and John Kawkshaw, based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Since is construction, it gained a reputation as a suicide bridge, and while this grim fact still circulates to locals and visitors to the city, it still is an iconic and distinctive landmark even used as a symbol of Bristol on postcards, promotional materials, and informational websites. It has also been the venue for significant cultural events such as the first modern bungee jump in 1979, the last ever Concorde flight in 2003, and a handover of the Olympic Torch relay in the 2012 London Olympics. From the airport, get on the M5 in Halesowen from A456 to the M5 and the Martcombe Road in Portbury. From the M5, take exit 19 and then continue to the A369. After which, drive to B3129 in Bristol to reach the bridge.
An iconic symbol of Liverpool waterfront, this 1911 skyscraper still dominates the beautiful Liverpool skyline. It is the first of the famous “Three Graces” together with the port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building, and is the home of the legendary liver birds that sit atop the building looking out across to the Wirral. Another amazing feature of the building is its river-facing face of the clock, which is six feet larger in diameter than that of the clock tower at Westminster. From Birmingham, head to the Royal Liver Building by driving through the M6 towards Liverpool and then taking A5080 to Edge Lane/A5047, A562, and A5036 to St. Nicholas Place and then to the building.