Birmingham is a vibrant and dynamic city, with lots to offer visitors from every walk of life. The city centre is a fusion of attractive squares, modern shopping arcades and centres, pubs, bars and restaurants and fine museums, theatres and art galleries – truly a world city.
Birmingham is located in the centre of the UK and the excellent transport links make it easy to visit other cities and towns. London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Manchester are all easily accessible.
The Bullring shopping centre has over 160 designer and high street shops all under one roof, including Selfridges department store, and is only a short walk from our Digbeth Campus. You will find a further excellent choice of shops throughout the city centre, from small independent boutiques in Victorian arcades to designer labels at Harvey Nichols in The Mailbox. For the real bargain hunters the Birmingham Markets are worth a visit, with an enormous variety of goods including fresh produce, fabrics and home wares all at low prices.
There are so many places to go, and so much to do, you will always be spoilt for choice. Spend an evening in a canal side café, pub or restaurant, take a trip to the cinema, theatre or ballet or laugh the night away at the comedy club.
The Symphony Hall, Barclaycard Arena and the NEC host a wide variety of music concerts and large events, or you can find gigs and other live entertainment at smaller venues throughout the city. Birmingham has a number of theatres and cinemas to choose from.
Places to Visit in Birmingham
Some of the finest art collections in the world are to be found in Birmingham. Both classical and modern works can be found at galleries around the city. In addition there are a number of museums, with collections celebrating everything from Birmingham's industrial past at the ThinkTank to chocolate manufacturing at Cadbury World.
Local football teams Aston Villa (The Villains), West Bromwich Albion (The Baggies), Birmingham City (The Blues), are competing in England's top two Divisions (The Premiership and Championship) and all have their home grounds within easy reach. Many of the clubs offer ground tours and fun days.
Whilst you are in Birmingham you will be well placed to visit other cities and attractions in the UK. Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is a beautiful place to visit and London, which can be reached easily by train, offers many attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and lots of shopping.
Throughout the year we run trips to popular attractions, visits have included Alton Towers, London and Manchester.