Gas Street Basin - Birmingham Canals

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.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

1. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. –  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.

Walk the Tolkien Trail.

2. Walk the Tolkien Trail. – 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)

Take in the Amazing views from the Lickey Hills.

3. Take in the Amazing views from the Lickey Hills. – 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.

Discover Birmingham’s Botanic Gardens.

4. Discover Birmingham’s Botanic Gardens. – 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.

Thinktank Science Garden.

5. Thinktank Science Garden. – 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.

The Donkey Sanctuary.

6. The Donkey Sanctuary. – 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.

Library of Birmingham.

7. Library of Birmingham. – 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.

Gas Street Basin - Birmingham Canals

8. And finally. Explore the Canals. The heart of Birmingham’s canal network winds around restaurants, pubs and shopping outlets.


Studying in Birmingham this September and still looking for student? Make sure to check out Londonderry House.
And check out part 1 and part 2 of our City focus on Birmingham.

#HostEnvironmentalPledge.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.

To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; Student Minds, LandAid and Just a Drop.

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