Birmingham is a city pulsating with cultural richness and offers diverse attractions that cater to various tastes and interests. This makes it one of the best cities to attend university in. MRes Interdisciplinary Study student Dechante Johnson has lived in Birmingham their entire life and now gets to experience student life in Birmingham too. In this guide, we embark on a journey to explore some of the best things to do in Birmingham, from historical retreats to artistic havens.

Winterbourne House and Garden

Tucked away like a hidden gem on campus, Winterbourne House and Garden invites visitors to immerse themselves in a blend of history and nature. The historic house and its stunning gardens, particularly enchanting during the Winter season, provide a serene escape. With suggested activities and events, Winterbourne offers a unique experience that transcends the ordinary. Better yet – it’s free for students!

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

For art enthusiasts, the Barber Institute on campus stands as a beacon of cultural wealth. Home to an impressive art collection, the institute showcases the significance of art in education and culture. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, the Barber Institute fosters an appreciation for the arts, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a cultural immersion. As part of my course, I have had experience in the Barber Institute in a session that involved taking inspiration from the geometric work of artist Tess Jaray and walking around University Square on campus, exploring the architecture, shapes, and textures with our pencils

The Parks of Birmingham

Birmingham’s natural allure is encapsulated in the expansive Sutton Park and the picturesque Cannon Hill Park, each offering a distinct yet equally captivating outdoor experience. Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, invites visitors to wander through its vast heathlands, woodlands, and lakes, creating a tranquil retreat where the beauty of nature unfolds. Cannon Hill Park offers a refreshing retreat amid nature. Boasting features like a picturesque boating lake and wildlife areas, the park is a perfect spot for leisurely strolls or family-friendly activities.

Indulge in Chocolate Delights at Cadbury World

Replacing Digbeth Dining Club in this edition is Cadbury World, a paradise for chocolate lovers. Immerse yourself in the world of chocolate with interactive exhibits and delightful chocolate-making sessions. Discover the history and legacy of Cadbury in Birmingham while relishing in must-try chocolate treats. Cadbury World adds a sweet touch to our exploration, showcasing the city’s delicious legacy.

Just beyond Birmingham

If you fancy travelling a bit beyond Birmingham, there are several attractions not too far away. The SnowDome, situated in Tamworth, stands as a prime example, offering an exhilarating escape into a winter wonderland just a stone’s throw away. This all-season leisure complex transforms into a snow-filled paradise, allowing visitors to indulge in winter sports, from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, all year round. It’s a unique and thrilling experience, especially for those seeking a taste of the snowy slopes without the need to travel far. The region also boasts historical gems like Warwick Castle and Tamworth Castle where medieval history comes to life amid stunning architecture and engaging exhibitions.


As we conclude our journey through Birmingham’s finest attractions, it’s evident that the city offers a diverse tapestry of experiences. Whether exploring the tranquillity of Winterbourne or the sweet delights of Cadbury World, Birmingham unfolds as a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and culinary pleasures.