Here’s a list of all the hidden gems surrounding UoB that you have to visit
There’s more to campus than Old Joe
Affectionately known as Old Joe, the Joseph Chamberlain memorial clock tower, is the heart of the University of Birmingham. The most Instagram worthy centre piece of our university.
Yet, there are so many other places that people don't know about. We decided to explore campus and see what hidden treats UoB has to offer. Bet you didn't know we have our very own dinosaur?
Lapworth Museum of Geology
The Lapworth Museum of Geology, which dates back to 1880, is one of the oldest geological museums in the UK. After a very pricey makeover, it’s ready for a visit. Named after Charles Lapworth, the first Professor of Geology at Mason College, it holds a huge amount of archival research as well as fossils and minerals. There are fossilised fish, dragonflies, crabs, lobsters and pterosaurs from the Solnholfen Limestone in Germany, as well as collections from Brazil, Italy, Lebanon and the USA. There's even animals that are up to 510 million years old!
Birmingham definitely has that flower power
Winterbourne Botanical Gardens is a couple of minutes away from our fabulous Guild of Students. Entry is free for all students of the University of Birmingham. The site has a cute gift shop which sells baby cacti – perfect for any student's room. There's also second hand books for sale and a gallery.
It has a tearoom- perfect to take the parents when they visit. This seven-acre paradise holds over 6000 plant species. It is the perfect place to escape the business of student life.
Cannon Hill park as well as Birmingham Botanical Gardens aren't too far away either!
Birmingham Botanical Gardens hold many events, their Spooktoctober Half Term special starts on the 23rd of October!
Beautiful fall-blooming salvias will be offered at Fall Plant Sale by Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ herb growers. These plants are perennial and very drought-tolerant! They require little maintenance and survive for years in our Birmingham environment. . . Shop early! These won’t last long! Fall Plant Sale is Saturday from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. @happeninsintheham @inbirmingham @cityofbirmingham @birmingham_park_and_recreation @mountainbrookchamber
The Barber Institute
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts holds artwork by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Botticelli, Gainsborough, Turner, Manet, Gauguin and Magritte. The gallery was created in 1932 by Lady Martha Constance Hattie Barber in memory of her husband Sir William Henry Barber.
If you want to be cultured and see some really amazing pieces of art, get yourself down to the Barber.
Have a cocktail or pint at one of the many bars in Selly Oak
The Bristol Pear, Circo, the Goose, the Soak to name a few of the great pubs surrounding UoB!
The Faraday sculpture
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's sculpture Faraday was presented to the University of Birmingham in 2000. Situated right next to University train station, it is one of the most iconic pieces of artwork at UoB.
Bramall Music Hall
Or enter a new world and visit the Bramall Music building! Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood recognises the Bramall Music building 'enriches the lives of many and we recognise the importance of widening access to something that can bring such joy.' Events like Syd Lawrence Orchestra, An Audience with…Martin Kemp, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and only a few different events going on in the coming months! Just check the website!
Go and visit these amazing obscure places around UoB, and make the most of Birmingham.