Explore Birmingham

Travelling to Birmingham for our Open Day on 24 March? 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. You can even win the ultimate Birmingham experience in our competition.

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Win the ultimate BCU Open Day

Win a night's stay at Clayton Hotel, £100 in High Street Shopping Vouchers, two tickets to the Independent Birmingham festival with food and drink vouchers and two tickets to the Sea Life Centre Birmingham.

More info and how to enter

What to do in Birmingham

Independent Birmingham Festival

The Independent Birmingham Festival is returning to The Bond in Digbeth on the weekend of our Open Day. Independent Birmingham celebrates the best independent culture in Birmingham and their festival showcases the best food, drink and music the city has to offer. So what better way to experience our city than visiting the festival once you’ve finished at the Open Day.

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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).

Cadbury World

Uncover the fascinating story of Cadbury chocolate. From learning how your favourite confectionery is made to playing in chocolate rain, Cadbury World is not just for kids. Take in the sights, smells and tastes of the place where chocolate really comes to life.

More about Cadbury World

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Where to eat AND STAY in Birmingham

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Marco Pierre White at the Cube

This skyline Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Birmingham is located at the top of The Cube building in the Mailbox district. Experience 360 degree views of the city.

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.

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 (formerly Hotel la Tour).

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