Visit Birmingham Grand Central
The recently opened train station cost Birmingham £150million to build and boasts over twenty cafes and restaurants as well as over forty shops including a flagship John Lewis store which is the biggest outside London.
The Broadway Plaza is full of things for you to do, there’s a 12 screen 3D multiplex cinema where you can watch any movie for £4.00 if you arrive before midday. There’s also a health and wellbeing centre which includes a 12 metre pool, steam rooms, saunas, and spa pools as well as a gym where there’s a range of weekly classes being held. You’ll also find a Bowlplex, a casino and plenty of places to eat.
Watch a show at the Birmingham Hippodrome
Located on Hurst Street, Southside. The Royal Ballet are regular performers here as well as other world class theatre groups. Upcoming shows include: Swan Lake, Annie, The Nutcracker, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and Mary Poppins. Ticket prices vary depending on which show you see and which seats you choose, but tickets will sometimes be cheaper when purchased with a student card.
Explore the Chinese culture without leaving the city centre, Chinatown is located just down the road from New Street train station, adjacent to the Birmingham markets. There are plenty of authentic Chinese restaurants, bars and cafes; Even a supermarket where you can buy traditional Chinese food to cook at home and a Chinese hair salon.
Visit The Cube at night for a drink whilst looking at a 360degree view of the Birmingham skyline. Drinks are a bit pricey so perhaps save this experience for a special occasion and when the skies are clear so you can make the most of those panoramic views.
National Sea Life Centre
See all different types of marine life from turtles, sharks and penguins to jellyfish, sea horses and stingrays. Tickets are £12.50 when booked on line in advance or £20.50 if you pay on the door.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Here you can see the famous Staffordshire Hoard, the history of Birmingham and learn all about the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood as well as being able to see the art work and projects of the art students from universities around Birmingham.
The Custard Factory
There’s always something going on in the Custard Factory, such as ‘The vintage kilo sale’ or one of the many food markets. There are also many vintage shops and cafes in Digbeths’ Custard Factory where you can buy all sorts, from vintage fashion, collectable, vinyl records and much much more.
Another place in Birmingham where there’s lots of restaurants’ and bars. But here is the home to the Everyman Cinema where you can get the premium cinema experience and also the home to BBC Birmingham which is free to enter and you can experience what it’s like to read and recored a news or weather report.
Entry for students is only £9.00 if you book in advance but you get to learn all about how chocolate is made and you’ll walk away with a few free chocolate bars and the end and even more is you take advantage of the cheaper chocolate prices in the shop at the end of the tour.