Birmingham Area Code: 0121

0121 is the Birmingham Area Code

The area code for Birmingham, the second most populated city in the UK, is 0121.
This is a local telephone prefix that applies to the city and immediate surrounding areas for both homes and businesses.  This means if you are calling someone in Birmingham, most of the time their number will start with 0121.  In the same way if you get a call from a number starting with 0121, then it is coming from the area.

List of all the Birmingham districts and surrounding localities covered by the 0121 area code

Acocks GreenFordbridgeShirley
AshfieldFour OaksSmallbrook
Aston CrossGreat BarrSmethwick
BirminghamHillsideStone Cross
BlackheathKings NortonStreetly
CalthorpeOldburySutton Coldfield
Castle BromwichRectoryTipton
Druids HeathRowley RegisWednesbury
EdgbastonRuberyWest Bromwich
ElmdonSelly OakWoodgate

How to call a Birmingham phone number from outside the UK

When you call a number from outside the UK, you need to make a change to get the call to connect properly.  That’s because 0121 and other geographic numbers are for using inside the UK.  Calling from abroad means making a little change to the number – you replace the 0 at the start with the international calling code which is +44.  This means if you were calling 0121 202 2200 from outside the country while on holiday or travelling for business, you would instead call +44121 202 2200.  Please note, these calls will also cost more than calling from the UK.

Cost of calling 0121 (Birmingham) phone numbers

Calls to 0121 numbers are charged at the same rate as other geographic numbers around the country that start with 01 or 02.  This involves a cost per minute depending on the time of day and also an access charge from your line provider.  You can contact them to see what this cost will be, and mobiles are usually more expensive than landlines.  If you get free calls on your package, you can use these to call local numbers.

Some popular Birmingham (0121 area code) phone numbers

People are generally happier to answer a local rate number than a non-geographic number like an 08 or 03 number which could come from anywhere.  That’s because we associate these numbers with cold calling and sales teams rather than from local businesses that we use.  That’s why most businesses in Birmingham will use a local number.  Examples include:

  • 0121 202 2200 – the Thinktank Birmingham Science museum has a local rate number for general queries including finding out about opening times and special events like their Spitfire gallery
  • 0121 772 0101 – Birmingham City FC is one of the football clubs in the city and have a general local number for ticket information, match times and other queries.
  • 0121 786 6000 – Jaguar is a famous car manufacturer who are based in Castle Bromwich just outside the city and use a local rate to check about factory tours
  • 0121 414 7333 – Barber Institute of Fine Arts also use a local number for opening times and other queries about their collections

Some visitor highlights of Birmingham

Birmingham is the biggest city in the country after London and has a rich and interesting history.  You can see fine works of arts from the likes of Vincent Van Gogh in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts as well as visit one of only four major ballet companies in the UK at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  There is plenty for sports fans including two football teams and the Edgbaston cricket ground which hosts international matches regularly.  Areas such as Broad Street are also famous for their restaurants while the Jewellery Quarter is a great place to shop for something special.