International Student Guide To Birmingham 2017


Other Places to Visit in the Midlands 

If you do decide to study in Birmingham or are just coming to visit and have a few days to spend in the city, there are a number of great places nearby that you can visit for the day. Here are some of our hotspots in the Midlands. 


Take a 40-minute train ride back in time to Shakespeare’s hometown and visit his birthplace, row a boat along the River Avon, venture out of town to his mother and wife’s traditional, Tudor family homes and make sure to catch one of the Bard’s plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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Visit the playwright and poet William Shakespeare's birthplace.
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Royal Leamington Spa 

Visit this small town, made famous due to its original mineral spas and kept unique thanks to its gorgeous, Edwardian and Georgian architecture. Sample its gourmet eateries and independent shops that are just half an hour away from the city centre.


Heavily bombed in World War Two, Coventry’s beautiful Cathedral has risen from the ashes and survives to tell the tale of the Midland’s not-too-distant past. Whilst in the city, make sure to visit Spon Street that features a row of Medieval houses that have been reassembled from various locations in Coventry and the Coventry Transport Museum. Only 20 minutes away from central Birmingham.


Only half an hour outside of Birmingham city is the Midland’s magnificent Warwick Castle, where you can sample all aspects of Medieval England, even the dungeons! Make sure to plan your visit around either the Charter Market or the monthly Farmers Market in Warwick’s bustling, central Market Square.


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