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Birmingham City University - a truly diverse uni

Originally established as the Birmingham College of Art, and dating back to 1843, the award-winning Birmingham City University has grown in size and stature since achieving university status in 1992. One of five universities in Birmingham, City has around 24,000 students from 80 different countries. It boasts the highest intake of foreign students in the area.

Explore the Jacobean splendour of Aston Hall

Situated in a public park on the north side of Birmingham, Aston Hall is a stunning red-brick mansion built in the 17th century. One of the last impressive houses to be built in the Jacobean era, it underwent a £12 million restoration in 2009 with a host of new visitor facilities. Aston Hall makes for an interesting day for all the family, with storytelling and special events galore for youngsters.

Take a tour of Villa Park Stadium

A short drive from Birmingham City University, Villa Park stadium has been home to Aston Villa since 1897, and has played host to World Cup, European Championship and FA Cup semi-final matches. It's also occasionally been a venue for concerts by world-class music acts including Bon Jovi, Take That and Bruce Springsteen. Planning a trip to Birmingham? Travelodge Birmingham Central Hotel is under 3 miles away, as is Travelodge Birmingham Central Newhall Street Hotel.