It’s that time of year again; exams are almost over, university is finishing for another year and students up and down the country are starting to leave their accommodation. And let’s face it, packing up your belongings and having to move out is never much fun.
8 Free things to do in Birmingham:
As part of our city focus on Birmingham, we take a look at 8 things to do in Birmingham when that student loan is about to run out.
A beautiful Grade II listed building built in 1885, in the heart of the city centre, entry is completely free. You’ll find regularly changing exhibitions and a traditional Victorian tearoom for when you need a break. The Gallery is located in Chamberlain square just 5 minutes from the Bullring.
JRR Tolkien wrote Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit in Birmingham. He grew up in Birmingham and many of the locations in his books were inspired by areas he played in as a boy. Mosely Bog is regularly visited by fans wandering down the official Tolkien Trail. Every May Sarehole Mill hosts the Middle Earth Festival. (Click the title link to download the trail map in pdf)
Just one of the 571 parks that make up Birmingham. The Country Park is one of Birmingham’s most treasured parks and offers one of the best views in the city from Beacon Hill. There are marked walking trails to explore, including a sculpture trail.
The botanic gardens are full of blooming plants, a Tropical House that includes a lily pool. Palms and orchids are on display in the Sub-tropical House. The gardens are a 20 minute bus ride from New Street Railway Station.
The first of its kind in the UK and one of only a few such gardens worldwide, Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Garden houses various machines and devices which are great to explore including a human hamster wheel! The gardens are a 15 minute walk from the Bullring.
Get up close and personal with the donkeys and, if you’re lucky, you may be able to give them a scratch. You can even adopt a donkey. The Sanctuary is a 35 minute train ride from New Street Railway Station.
The Library of Birmingham has a lot more on offer than just books. Enjoy photography exhibitions, performances, poetry readings and other activities. In the summer, grab a coffee from one of the library’s cafés and head up to the seventh-floor secret garden terrace for outstanding views across Birmingham, its just 15 minute walk from the Bullring.
The heart of Birmingham’s canal network winds around restaurants, pubs and shopping outlets.
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