Where to visit, eat and stay

Places to stay

If you’re stopping in Birmingham for a few days, there are plenty of places to stay.

Here, we've picked out a handful of hotels* that are close to our City Centre Campus or Birmingham city centre itself:

Clayton HotelClayton 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. Mr White’s English Chophouse is a new addition.

Moor Street Travelodge

Simple modern accommodation with in-room pay WiFi. Situated on Carrs Lane, the hotel is metres from Moor Street station.

New Street Premier Inn

Minutes from New Street Station and within walking distance of the Bullring, as well as our City Centre Campus.

Travelodge Broadway Plaza

Ideal for our City South Campus - just 15 minutes walk and close to entertainment and restaurants on Broad Street and Brindley Place.

For visitors to City South Campus, travelling to or from the city centre couldn’t be easier! Check out our Travelling to the University guide.

You can search a full list of accommodation on the Visit Birmingham website.

*Please note. The University does not endorse any particular hotel. 

Sights to see in the city

Grand Central

Birmingham New Street Station has recently undergone a massive £750m transformation, complete with the new Grand Central shopping centre and John Lewis. There are 60+ new shops and restaurants all within a 10-minute walk of our City Centre Campus. 


The Birmingham Hippodrome theatre is situated on Hurst Street in the Chinese Quarter. With ballet, dance, drama, musicals, theatre, opera, pantomime and more, the Hippodrome is ideal for a night out.

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. It's a firm favourite for more than three million visitors each year. The library is highly accessible and family-friendly. 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.

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Cadbury World
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Opened in 1885, this museum and gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings as well as paintings by many other Victorian artists whose works are hard to find in metropolitan areas. Entry is FREE which is always a plus!

Bullring 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.

Custard Factory

Based in Digbeth, popularly dubbed Birmingham’s creative quarter, the Custard Factory is an independent shopping destination. Flocked with restaurants and independent shops, it's perfect for vintage and boutique lovers. Set in 15 acres of beautifully restored Victorian Factories, it's the heart of Birmingham’s buzzing creative and digital district.

Places to eat

Chung Ying Central BirminghamOver 25 nationalities and cooking styles are represented in Birmingham, making it a foodie heaven. There are many places to choose from - we recommend:

Five-star faves - For excellent eateries, Brindley Place and The Mailbox come to mind. Many top cafés, bars and restaurants can be found here, making for excellent dining and nightlife. For Michelin quality in the city centre, We recommend Purnell's on Cornwall Street or Adam’s on Waterloo Street.

Good ole grub – Sometimes a hearty meal is all we need. Grab your favourite Sunday roast or homely serving of fish and chips at accessible pubs like The Sunflower Lounge and The Briar Rose  across the city.

Cheap eats and quick bites – The Bullring on New Street and Grand Central are dotted with fast and affordable food outlets. Five Guys and Nandos in the Bullring are impossible to miss.  

Cultural cuisine – Birmingham is known for its diverse gastronomy. Chinatown offers a wide array of Asian cuisine. Stop by The Arcadian for a diverse eating and nightlife experience. We also love Chung Ying Central. Did you know there's over 100 balti houses in the city? Just head to the Balti Triangle - that's Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Moseley for you non-BrummiesTurtle Bay delivers some seriously tasty and sizzling Caribbean platters while Bodega serves up delicious delicacies inspired by South American cuisine. 

Read Full To The Brum blog for more recommendations.

More about Birmingham

Visit the links below for more on life in Birmingham: