Things to do in Birmingham

Where to stay
Ibis Hotels
Holiday Inn
Radisson Blu
Copthorne Hotel Birmingham

Birmingham is home of the Balti! So if you fancy Indian cuisine, make sure to visit one of the many restaurants in the Balti Triangle (in Sparkbrook, Sparkhill or Balsall Heath).

If you fancy having a nice view over Birmingham’s canals while eating, Brindleyplace with its many restaurants and cafés is your place to go.

A nice Iranian restaurant is Shiraz on Hagley Road.

Vegetarian: The Warehouse Café

Super yummy Polish food in lovely atmosphere: The Karczma

If you’re short on time, you can find plenty of food options in Grand Central at the Birmingham New Street train station.

Closer to campus: Dilshad (Indian)


In the city:
Loki Wine tasting House
The Lost and Found
The Old Joint Stock (nice architecture)
Purecraft Bar & Kitchen
Cherry Reds
many more locations to be found at Brindleyplace

with beer garden:
The Jekyll and Hide
The Spotted Dog
The Old Crown
The Wellington

And closer to campus:
The Bristol Pear (Selly Oak, 10 – 15 min walk)
The Plough (with beer garden; Harborne, 25 min walk)
The New Inn (with beer garden; also Harborne)


On campus:

Enjoy a stroll through Winterbourne House and Garden
Small, but fine arts museum on campus: The Barber Institute

In the city centre:

Very nice bus tour around the city (runs only on weekends)
Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum has both art and a museum about the history of Birmingham – free entry!
Travel back in time visiting the Back to Back Houses (booking required)
More fantastic art: Ikon Gallery
Visit the Jewellery Quarter with many museums and cafés
for shopping: Bullring

in Bournville:
Cadbury World (if you want the ultimate contrast to our scientific programme – make sure to go with friends)


Night out

The Arcadian
Brindleyplace (see above) & Broad Street
Jewellery Quarter (see above)
Gay Village

Tripadvisor: Birmingham