Places of interest

The vibrant heart of the West Midlands is the UK’s second-largest city. You’ll never be short of things to do.

The Bullring Bull

A city of thinkers

Numerous conferences and exhibitions are hosted in the city every year, bringing great minds together. 

Birmingham is the definition of a modern and connected international city, with one of the most accessible airports in Europe, and four major universities. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, associated with the University of Birmingham, is one of the largest in the UK. As such, the city provides an excellent environment for academic research, allowing for interdisciplinary collaborations between research groups in the many institutions. The entrepreneurial and fast-growing business community paves the way for the translation and application of academic research.


Birmingham city centre is home to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and many other museums.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Step back into the past at the National Trust’s Back to Backs, or a real silversmithing workshop at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.


For foodies, there’s the Balti triangle, home to fantastic Indian restaurants and South Asian shopping outlets. The more adventurous should try the Digbeth Dining Club Thursday – Saturday, where you can find a selection of street food stalls. 

Cadbury World will get you the best chocolate fix, only a 5-minute train ride away from University station.


For walkers, Lickey Hills offers 524 acres of countryside to explore just 10 miles south of the city. Birmingham is blessed with many parks and green spaces, from Moseley Bog nature reserve (much loved by JRR Tolkien) to Cannon Hill Park.

With more miles of canal than Venice, the canalside area in the city centre is ideal for relaxed nights out. A boat tour is an excellent way to view the city’s industrial past.

On campus

There’s no need to travel far to make the most of Birmingham while you’re here, with cultural gems here on campus.

Winterbourne House and Garden is a restored Edwardian Arts and Crafts house, accompanied by 7 acres of botanic garden with glasshouses, a Japanese bridge and tea house, and a gift shop, perfect for souvenirs of your stay.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a must-see, home to key works by almost every notable name in Western art from Old Masters to the modern age: Botticelli, Tintoretto, Rubens, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Gogh, Rossetti, Renoir, Degas and many more.

Lapworth Museum

Over 250,000 specimens make up the collection of gems, minerals, rocks and fossils at the Lapworth Museum of Geology.