Virtual Birmingham (and beyond)

We have put together some ideas of activities you can access online from the local area and beyond. If you are self-isolating then this will hopefully keep you entertained around your studies and inspire you to make a list of place to visit when you are able too.  

Arts & Culture

Visit Birmingham have put together a good overview of the Birmingham attractions you can access online with Virtual West Midlands

Birmingham museums

Many of the Birmingham Museums are offering virtual tours and activities for you to do.

Jewellery Quarter Museum - why not have a look around one of the original workshops and offices of Birmingham's famous Jewellery quarter.

Aston Hall - you can view all of the rooms of Birmingham's famour seventeenth century red-brick mansion, which was built in Jacobean style. Or browse through its impressive art collection.

Ironbridge museum has got lots of cultural resources and activities for you to access online.

The Black Country Living Museum are offering a 360 degree virtual tour of their site.

History West Midlands are offering various historical podcasts.   

At home with Shakespeare by the Royal Shakespeare Company, offers a range of ways you can find out about Shakespeare and his work and some ideas of some cultural activities to keep you entertained.  

Women and theatre have released some audio plays as podcasts.

Birmingham Royal Ballet have produced a new film available to watch from home.


Our very own campus has lots of facilities, which are available in an online format.

Virtual campus - Explore our beautiful campus virtually.

Barber Home gives you the opportunity to join online events, take part in art workshops and other activities or simply share your reflections with others (new content released every Thursday).

Barber's art collection - You can also view much of the collection online.

The Cadbury Research Library is home to the University's special collections, rare materials and archives.

Research and Cultural Collections has much of its collection available to view online.


Lots of musicians are making their performances available online during this time.  Here are a few local highlights.

Town Hall Symphony Hall - Lots of past performances are available to watch online.  

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - have lots of resources to allow you to watch or listen to their performances, as well as some activities to do and articles to keep you interested. 


This is a great time to improve your cooking skills or attempt cooking new types of food. 

Jamie Oliver - Stay home: New cooking skills

Ready, Steady, Cook - Recipes from the popular TV show. Swap the unknown ingredients for the food left in your fridge and store cupboard and you could take up the challenge in your own kitchen.  


You may not be able to watch live sports at the moment, but there are opportunities to take part in online activities.

Sport England have a ‘stay in work out' campaign which has lots of ideas to do in your home or outside as part of your daily exercise. 

The Active Wellbeing Society are streaming a range of activities for all abilities. These include some suitable for children (which might be helpful for those with children or who are isolating with younger brothers and sisters). 

Yoga with Adriane - free online yoga classes.

New skills and crafts

This may be a good time to learn a new skill or take up a hobby.  There are some ideas below.

Origami - You can learn to make lots of interesting designs using old scraps of paper, or maybe some old notes you no longer need.

Learn to draw - This free resource will give you the basic skills and advanced techniques to improve your current drawing skills. 

Cass Art offer some really good art tutorials.

Learn how to code - This site offers free and subscription memberships to help you learn HTML, CSS and Javascript coding languages. From building basic websites to designing interactive web-apps, there's something for everyone interested. 


Other UK attractions

And of course you are not limited to viewing attractions in the local area.  Why not take the opportunity to find out more about some of the fantastic attractions across the UK.

London Science Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum - secrets of the museum (6 episodes available on iplayer).

Natural History Museum - 13 ways to explore from home

Tate Modern - view the online galleries

National Gallery - take a virtual tour of the gallery.

Houses of Parliament - take a virtual tour.

Buckingham Palace - You may not be able to visit the palace in person, you can view many of the opulent spaces online

Stonehenge - take a virtual tour in real time. 



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