University Places to Visit

College of Arts and Law - Birmingham Professional

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Stress Busters

Things to do or get involved with around Campus for CAL Professional Services Staff

University Music Society

This is the biggest music-making society in the university and is open to all students and staff in the university. The society was founded over 100 years ago when Sir Edward Elgar was Head of Music at the university and currently has over 400 members.


  • University Choir (unauditioned)
  • Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra (auditioned)
  • Jazz Orchestra (auditioned)
  • Brass band (unauditioned)
  • Symphonic wind band (unauditioned)
  • Saxophone ensemble (unauditioned)
  • Chamber choir (unauditioned)


More info here

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco buildings, purpose built and opened by Queen Mary in 1939. It is home to the works of many famous artists, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Rubens, Degas, and Van Dyck. As well as around 150 major paintings and some stunning pastels and watercolours, the Barber is also home to more than 800 drawings and prints, a fine collection of sculpture and a coin gallery. Entrance to galleries and exhibitions is free.

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Bramall Music Building

The Bramall holds a monthly Comedy Night for staff, students and the public. Some very well-known and critically acclaimed acts have performed at these, including Romesh Ranganathan, Holly Walsh, Zoe Lyons and Joe Lycett. Tickets cost just £7.50, and £5 for NUS holders

The Lapworth Museum of Geology

Dating back to 1880, the Lapworth Museum is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in Europe, and is home to more than 250,000 specimens, ranging from exquisite amber to giant reptiles. The collections also house a diversity of other material, including early scientific instruments, geological maps and photographs, as well as zoological exhibits and archaeological artefacts.

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Cadbury Research Library

Home of the University's Special Collections. At the moment, it is displaying an exhibition on our campus construction, the University archives, and the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern Manuscripts containing over 3000 manuscripts.

Winterbourne House and Gardens

Home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English Edwardian home. Also has a quiet café in the house. Free to attend for University staff.

University of Birmingham Sport

The Munrow Sports Centre holds many different group exercise classes for before work, lunchtime and after work. These include spinning, pliates, yoga and circuits, and cost an average of £3 per session. You can also book to use the centre’s squash, badminton, and tennis courts for very reasonable prices.

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Campus Sculpture Trail

You can do a trail around the sculptures across the Edgbaston campus. There is a range of styles, subjects and shapes of sculpture, including Birmingham’s earliest sculpture, Equestrian Statue of King George I (1722) by John Nost, which stands guard outside the Barber Institute, and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s Faraday made in 2000 to mark the University’s first centenary at the West Gate.


More info here and you can see the map here