Option 1 - Ironbridge and the Museum of the Gorge
Known worldwide as a symbol of the industrial revolution, the Ironbridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed by Abraham Darby III in 1779, this is the world's first bridge built from iron.
During your visit, you will get to see the bridge that gives the picturesque town it name and enjoy brilliant views of the Ironbridge Gorge and the River Severn and the original Tollhouse. You will also get to visit the nearby Museum of the Gorge, which will allow you to learn more about the industries of the Ironbridge Gorge and understand the crucial role played by transport at that time. Two expert guides will be available to support your visit.
Please note that there is a 5-10 minute walk between the Ironbridge and the Museum of the Gorge. We strongly advise that you wear sensible walking shoes and waterproof clothing due to the unexpected UK weather.
For more information visit ironbridge.org.uk
Option 2 - Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands, is the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare and is home to the iconic Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare houses including five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens.
This excursion will allow you to explore this historic market town where there is something to suit everyone and all budgets - unique attractions, historic buildings, stately homes, idyllic villages, golf, leisure, cycle ways, vineyards, canals, undulating countryside and winding rivers. We strongly advise that you wear sensible walking shoes and waterproof clothing due to the unexpected UK weather.
For more information, visit visitstratforduponavon.co.uk
Please note that some attractions in the town charge entrance fees
Option 3 - Local attractions
The University of Birmingham campus is home to several attractions, which you could chose to explore. Student guides will be available to direct you to the following locations.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Open daily 10:00 - 17:00
Described as "one of the finest small art galleries in Europe," the Barber is home to one of the most outstanding and internationally significant collections assembled in Britain during the 20th Century. Featuring works by Monet, Renoir, Delacroix, Botticelli, Poussin, Turner and Van Gogh, as well as many more great artists, it is well worth a visit. In addition, the Barber also has one of the finest collections of Roman, Byzantine and Medieval coins in the world.
For more information, please visit barber.org.uk
Lapworth Museum of Geology
Open daily 10:00-17:00
Re-opened last year following a £2.7 million redevelopment, the Lapworth is home to one of the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the region. Featuring state of the art galleries and interactive exhibits, visitors will learn about dinosaurs, volcanoes, earthquakes and life on Earth in a museum which will truly capture the imagination.
For more information, please visit birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx
Winterbourne House and Botanical Gardens
Open daily 10:00
Adult admission - £7.00
Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of an early 29th century suburban villa and garden. Visitors to the house today can learn about the families who once lived here. The botanical garden is Grade II listed and features a restored walled garden, striking colour themes borders and a woodland walk, which all offer colour and interest throughout the year. It contains plants from around the globe with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the Alpine areas of the world.
For more information, please visit winterbourne.org.uk
Other local attractions
The University of Birmingham is located a short distance from Birmingham city centre. Here you will find attractions including the Bullring shopping centre and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
For more information, please visit visitbirmingham.com