Explore Birmingham

Travelling to Birmingham for our Open Day on 30 June? 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.

Clayton Hotel

Win the ultimate BCU Open Day

Win a night's stay at Clayton Hotel, £100 in High Street Shopping Vouchers, a meal for two at Tom's Kitchen and two tickets to the Sea Life Centre Birmingham.

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What to do this weekend

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A firm family favourite, with an Oscar winning title song, this is a real feel good comedy fantasy guaranteed to make you smile. BMOS Musical Theatre Company is a multi award winning theatre group.

British Athletics Championships

The best of Britain will head to Birmingham on Saturday 30 June, as they compete for the prestigious honour of being crowned British Champion as well as a place on the British Athletics team for the European Athletics Championships

Bournville Village Festival

The Festival has many attractions including the Craft Market, Arena events, Side Stalls, a traditional Maypole Dance presented by local School Children finishing off the event with a Grand Firework display.

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!

More about Sea Life Birmingham

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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.

More about Clayton Hotel

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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.