Birmingham Area Code: 0121
Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and is affectionately known as the UK’s second capital. It is the second largest metropolitan area in the UK with a population of over 1.1 million. In the heart of the West Midlands, Birmingham is around two and a half hours from London and around two hours from Manchester. Phone numbers in the Birmingham area have a four-digit area code followed by seven digits. This is different to some areas in the UK which have a five digit area code followed by six digits. The area code for Birmingham is 0121.
Places using the 0121 area code
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If you receive a call from a 0121 number, it is likely to be a home or business based in Birmingham or one of the areas listed above. It is important to note that not all 0121 phone numbers will have a physical presence in Birmingham. It’s possible for businesses to have a virtual office which allows them to use a 0121 number anywhere in the world. Some small business owners will also use a 0121 number which redirects to a mobile phone so they can give the impression of a physical address.
How much does it cost to call a 0121 number?
The Birmingham area code is classed as a geographical landline. For this reason, your phone company will charge you a connection fee followed by a duration fee. Most phone companies include a number of free local calls in their phone package. If calling a 0121 number from a mobile phone, you will be charged your normal network rate. If you have an allocation of free minutes with your mobile phone package, you will be able to use these to call the Birmingham area code.
How to call the Birmingham area code from outside the UK
If you are calling from outside the UK, you will need to add the country dialling code and amend the local area code. The country code for the UK is +44 and then the first zero from the area code is removed. For example, if you are trying to call 0121 123 4567 you would need to dial +44 121 123 4567. If you cannot dial +44 you can also dial 0044 and the same rules apply to the area code.
Do I need to use the area code when from Birmingham?
If you are using a landline outside or Birmingham or the areas listed above, or if you are using a mobile phone, you will need to use the Birmingham 0121 area code. If you are in Birmingham using a landline, you can omit the first four digits and only dial the 7-digit local phone number.
Important phone numbers in Birmingham
Below are some prominent locations in Birmingham using the 0121 area code.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – 0121 627 2000
University of Birmingham – 0121 414 3344
West Midlands Police – 0121 626 5000
The Old Rep Theatre – 0121 359 9444
Notable facts about Birmingham
Birmingham was a key proponent of the industrial revolution and is widely accepted as the first industrial town in the UK. It was bombed heavily in the second world war due to its strategic position. As a result, Birmingham was heavily regenerated in subsequent decades. Some of the most notable buildings in the region are the Bullring Shopping Centre and the Beetham Tower.