Explore Birmingham

Travelling to Birmingham for our next Open Day? Why not take the opportunity to make a weekend of it? We're situated in the heart of the city where there’s a whole load of places to explore, as well as concerts, shopping and chocolate! Here's our guide to some of the things you could see and do.

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What to do in Birmingham

The National Sea life Centre Birmingham

Dive into a magical underwater world at the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham! Come face to face with some of the strangest creatures you’ll ever meet, including a colony of cheeky Gentoo penguins, a giant pacific octopus and a giant green sea turtle in the UK’s only 360° Ocean Tunnel!

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Shopping in Birmingham

Nothing beats a healthy helping of retail therapy! With 160 stylish stores featuring 2,000 leading brands, the Bullring is the premier destination for shopping in the Midlands.

Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Opened in 1885, this museum and gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings as well as paintings by other Victorian artists whose works are hard to find in metropolitan areas.

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham

With its stand-out postmodern and high-tech architecture, the library of Birmingham is one landmark to add to your must-see list. (Closed on Sundays).

Where to eat AND STAY in Birmingham

Clayton Hotel

A short walk from the Bullring and only 0.1 miles away from our City Centre Campus. The hotel has 174 luxurious bedrooms and has all the facilities needed to relax and unwind.

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Tom's Kitchen

Tom's Kitchen

Located in The Mailbox in the heart of the city centre, this restaurant serves British favourites, comfort food classics and seasonal specials in a relaxed and informal setting.

Independent Birmingham

Independent Birmingham

Independent Birmingham is dedicated to unearthing Birmingham's hidden gems and best-kept secrets, touring the city in search of the unique and the inspiring.

Digbeth Dining Club

Digbeth Dining Club

Digbeth Dining Club is the multi award winning street food event that has become a hit in Birmingham and is leading the Midlands alternative food scene.

Open Day weekend: what's on in Birmingham

Peaky Blinders festival

Head to the two-day theatrical festival at the Rainbow Pub, Cellar and Courtyard in Digbeth, with vintage fair ground rides, amusements and local brummie ales.


Drawing on traditional notions of exchange, SWOP SHOP is a platform where objects, skills and ideas are swapped, in partnership with Tate Liverpool and Selfridges Birmingham.

Selfridges Live + Loud

Celebrating 15 years since spaceship-like store Selfridges Birmingham landed in this amazing city. Expect thrilling live performances from local artists, plus brand experiences.