University of Birmingham & Edgbaston
Enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere of leafy, upmarket Edgbaston with the jewel of the Victorian uni campus at its heart
You’re only a 20-minute bus ride south Birmingham’s frenetic, exciting city centre and yet Edgbaston couldn’t be more different. Pass through upmarket tree-lined residential streets as you walk to class on the campus of the University of Birmingham with its distinctive clock tower and period architecture. Explore the seven acres of botanical gardens in the campus grounds and find serenity among the 6,000 plant species or as you pause for a moment on the 1930s Japanese Bridge. This verdant garden is right next to Edgbaston Pool, a tranquil spot rich with bird life that’s of special scientific significance.
Relax with a quiet pint or tuck into Sunday lunch in one of the area’s excellent pubs. Join the area’s well-heeled youth at modern hostelry The Plough in neighbouring Harborne or for a proper country pub, make your way to The White Swan. Spend the afternoon admiring original works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, also on the enormous university campus. For more contemporary culture head to the mac arts centre for film screenings, theatre, exhibitions, music and dance.
For cheap and cheerful, head down to Selly Oak. This student hub may be no-frills but you’ll find great places to eat, drink and pick up essentials. If you’re after a full English breakfast, Selly Sausage is a perennial student favourite. For something more sophisticated, it’s well worth jumping on a bus down to nearby Bournville to sample the mouthwatering treats at Leverton and Halls deli. While you’re there, you may as well visit the chocolate paradise of Cadbury World. Just don’t eat too much!