Things to do within a short train or bus ride from Birmingham during 2022/23 university freshers week

Thousands of students will come to study in Birmingham this year

Heading to university can be an exciting time for any student, particularly those who are moving away to a new city to live on their own for the first time.

Students from or who are moving to Birmingham will no doubt be starting to look around at what they can do around the region.

From shopping in the Bullring, to getting out into the countryside of the West Midlands, you’ll not be short of something to do to take a break from studying.

To help with sorting out where you could make a trip during your stay in Birmingham, we’ve taken a look at just some of the fun activities you can get up to around the area.

Cadbury World

Cadbury’s was beaten to the first Easter egg by Fry’s (image: Getty Images)


Cadbury World, 69 Linden Rd, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1JR

The land of everything chocolatey has a special student ticket offer in place for 2022 which will allow you entry for just £10.

This £10 student ticket offer is valid Monday to Friday from 3 October to 16 December (excluding weekends and 15th - 30th October).

Tickets are subject to availability and must be booked in advance using the offer code CWST2022 on checkout! This offer is valid with your student ID.

To book your ticket, visit the Cadbury’s World website

Cadbury World can be accessed from Birmingham via public transport, with the site being located a 15 minute walk from Bournville Train Station where trains from Birmingham New Street call at.


Sea Life Centre

Gentoo Penguins at Birmingham Sea Life Centre (Pic from Birmingham Sea Life Centre)

Eleven Brindley Place, The Water’s Edge, Birmingham B1 2HL

The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is home to the only 360 degree ocean tunnel in the UK, and what’s even better is students get a discount when booking ahead.

Through the official website, students can get a general admission ticket for £18.

The Sea Life Centre has a central location and sits alongside the Birmingham canal. Bars and restaurants can be found in close proximity, meaning you can have a full day out.


Warwick Castle

Dragon Slayer at Warwick Castle - picture submitted.

Warwick CV34 4QU

The iconic castle lies just to the south of Birmingham, and is brimming with history as well as being full of things to see and do.

Tickets for a trip to the castle are available from £12 for students who are signed up to Student Beans.

More information can be found at the Warwick Castle website.


The best way for you to get to Warwick Castle via public transport will be catching the train from Birmingham Snow Hill which goes through to London Marylebone and calls at Warwick.

The Castle is then approximately one mile away from the station.

Peaky Blinders Walking Tours

Acclaimed dance company Rambert’s new theatre event, The Peaky Blinders - The Redemption of Thomas Shelby.

The walking tour has plenty of information on the life of the real Peaky Blinders and what they did during the time around the city.

The tours take in many of the famous landmarks around the city, and prices start from £20.


For more information and to book your place, visit Tripadvisor 

Shire Hill Country Park

Shire Country Park, Colebank Road, Birmingham, B13 0BD

How does a walk around a large park to blow away a hangover sound? If so, then the next stop might be for you.

Located to the south of Birmingham city centre, the park is home to a vast array of wildlife, including butterflies and foxes.


Points of interest at the park include Sarehole Mill, a Grade II listed water mill which was used as a location inspiration by writer JRR Tolkien in his Lord of the Rings books.

If you have the right clothing, this can be a perfect retreat at any time of the year.