Whether you’re booking a hotel in Birmingham for work, a conference or a holiday, you want your leisure time to be filled with local culture and unique experiences.

On campus

You’ll be amazed at what’s on the doorstep, right here in leafy Edgbaston. The University of Birmingham campus has its own art gallery, concert hall and museums. In fact, there’s a museum just next door to Lucas House Hotel.

Winterbourne House and Garden

Perfect for history buffs, gardening fans or the casually curious visitor, Winterbourne is a historic gem. This Edwardian house, built in 1903, is a superb example of the Arts and Crafts movement, and has been carefully recreated to let you step into the shoes of the family who lived there. The Grade II-listed botanic garden offers 7 acres of peace at any time of year. Wander the lawns and paths, marvel at the unusual species in the glasshouses, and take in the famous Japanese bridge. Then tuck into lunch or a traditional afternoon tea at the Terrace Tea Room.

With a location just next door, Lucas House Hotel is the perfect place to stay.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

For a cultural treat, visit the Barber. The remarkable collection in this miniature National Gallery features works from major artists from Botticelli to Rubens, through Turner and Rossetti to Monet, Renoir and Degas. It’s all housed in a stunning Art Deco building, just a short stroll from Lucas House Hotel.

Best of all, visiting is completely free.

The Bramall

If you’re looking for an afternoon of culture or a night’s entertainment, be sure to check what’s on at the Bramall during your stay. With a broad cultural offering from classical concerts to world music and jazz, live rock performances and spoken word events, there’s sure to be something to your taste.

The Lapworth

Travel back in time at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, located in the heart of the university’s red-brick campus. From dinosaurs to volcanoes, this impressive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks takes you on a journey from the origins of the planet to the present day, with a variety of engaging interactive exhibits.

Birmingham city centre

It’s no surprise that the UK’s second-largest city draws visitors from around the world. Soak up some authentic West Midlands culture with a stroll into the Chinese Quarter, or great street food in quirky Digbeth. Stretch your legs with a stroll along the canal. Or treat yourself to a night out on the town in Southside.


Birmingham is a great destination for anyone who loves to shop, with the Bullring, Grand Central, and the Mailbox – plus an array of quirky independent shops and Victorian arcades.


Be dazzled by the collection at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, from the Staffordshire Hoard to Pre-Raphaelite beauties. Explore the history of the city at the National Trust’s Back to Backs, or take in a show at one of the city’s many theatres.

Family fun

Cadbury World offers sweet treats from a trip through a Mayan rainforest to a 4D cinema adventure. Soak up 1100 years of history in one day at Warwick Castle, with live shows featuring jousting and birds of prey. Or, if you’ve a good head for heights, visit Go Ape Cannock Chase for high ropes, zip wires and Tarzan swings among the trees.