Visit Birmingham

It is easy to get to Birmingham, one of the youngest and most vibrant major cities in Europe. With 40% of the population under the age of 25, and a huge student community in the city from its four universities, there are plenty of things for students to do.

With lots to explore in the city, from music festivals, to galleries, to an enticing, broad restaurant scene, not to mention an exciting and varied nightlife, you’ll never need to be at a loose end.

Birmingham also has the iconic Bull Ring shopping centre which makes a great place for a day’s shopping, and the varied museums and canal-side pubs and walks makes Birmingham the perfect place to spend the day.

If you are a sports fan, then Birmingham has everything you could ask for. There are three major football teams: Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, and the world famous Edgebaston cricket ground. As well as this, there are numerous rugby, tennis and golf clubs.

As with any major city, it hosts constant events ranging from arts markets to live music and dancing classes… whatever your interests, you’ll be able to find something to suit you.

More Information

For more detailed information about the many great things Birmingham has to offer, please feel free to visit the Birmingham Tourist Board at https://visitbirmingham.com/

Getting to the city

Crewe Station >> Brimingham New Street Station

This journey from Crewe to the centre of Birmingham takes between an hour to an hour and a half on a direct train. There are other stations in the city, which can be accessed from Brimingham New Street Station. Prices vary depending on how far in advance you book, but range from £8 to £30.

In order to accurately plan and price up your trip, visit https://www.thetrainline.com/

There is a wide variety of interesting things to do in Birmingham. If you are interested in the natural world, then Shugborough Estate has some of the finest examples of parkland and gardens in the area. The Botanical Gardens and Glass Houses, which have changed very little since their opening in 1832, are home to the widest range of plants and animals for miles around. There are numerous other, similar attractions, from Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to the Winterbourne House and Garden, all of which are stunning and the perfect places to get back to nature after spending time in the city.

In warmer weather, the city gets a buzz as everyone enjoys the sunshine, and sitting along the canals having a drink is a lovely way of passing the time. In winter, Birmingham’s famous Frankfurt Christmas Markets take over the town centre, with countless food stalls and places to buy mulled wine as well as souvenirs. It is definitely worth a visit with your friends, partner, or parents as these markets are really unique and lively.

For history enthusiasts, the Lapworth Museum of Geology allows you to explore 3.5 billion years of life, in the form of geological collections and fascinating exhibits. And Warwick Castle, one of the most historic and well-preserved castles in Europe, is outstanding both architecturally and visually.

For arts lovers, there are several venues where you can enjoy a show, and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the few galleries both owned, and run, for artists. Also, the Museum and Art Gallery holds a huge collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings which are an important part of our cultural history, as well as being beautiful pieces of art. In terms of theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Alexandra have many interesting performances all year round.

If you enjoy live music there are always plenty of events such as favourite artists on tour to smaller, up-and-coming bands playing locally in places such as The Sunflower Lounge, or live swing music in The Jam House. There are plenty of places to explore and discover new artists you love!

For the foodies, there are countless eateries in Birmingham providing options for all tastes. From places such as The Canal House, famous for it’s hanging kebabs, to the modern Chinese restaurant Tattu, there is something for everyone. Birmingham is known for its Indian restaurants, and from its most famous restaurant Lasan to newer places like Opheem, there are plenty of places to try. Lastly, there are a large number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Birmingham, such as Natural Bar and Kitchen and Falafel Munch.

Lastly, if you want to learn something new, there are many classes and workshops to try. From learning the Lindy Hop in the city centre to day-long pottery workshops there are plenty of arts and crafts to get involved with. There are also many interesting and mind-opening talks that take place in the city centre, so it is definitely worth looking up what’s on in Birmingham to see if anything takes your fancy.

You can fnid out more on the Visit Birmingham website below