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Things to do in Birmingham

The Central School of Make-up is located, in the heart of Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, surrounded by a multitude of exiting creative and digital businesses, independent retailers and event venues. Just over ten minutes walk from the Bullring and central shopping area, the quarter is home to over 500 businesses and hosts a varied calendar of fairs, festivals and gigs. We are delighted with the news that Digbeth is going to be the next area of Birmingham to be redeveloped and invested in, making us even closer to the heart of the city!

We thought we would share with you some of our favourite places to Eat, Sleep and Visit in Birmingham. There is a vibrant and eclectic mix of areas and culture and a wealth of history encapsulated within this amazing city.


Birmingham is served by a Large and bustling Airport, Birmingham International Airport (BHX), which is only 6 miles from the city centre and is easily accessible by taxi, train or bus.

Birmingham has eight local rail lines criss-crossing across the city, ensuring quick links to all attractions and venues, as well as connecting services to all other UK cities and towns. We are less than an hour and a half by rail from London and Manchester and only a 4-hour journey to the gorgeous Cornish Coast.

Network West Midlands provides online timetables, fares, tickets purchase and route planning for both trains and buses across the city. For National Rail Enquiries call +44(0)8457 48 49 50. For information about Virgin Trains to Birmingham visit their website at


There is a large array of places to stay during your time in Birmingham, whether you want a Practical Budget hotel, Luxurious Decadence or Boutique Chic, it can all be found across the city! Here are a few of our favourites, based on location, value for money and those personal touches that make a stay in a new place memorable!


The Adagio is just a five minute walk from the Central School of Make-up and also just a 5 minute walk into the central shopping area and New Street train station. It boasts it’s own fitness center and is perfect for those who want to be close to the school, close to the sights and have the option to cook for yourself in the comfort of your own studio apartment.


The Ibis is a budget hotel, centrally located only 10 minutes walk from the school and surrounded by bars and eateries.

StayCity Apartments

1 or 2 bedroom serviced apartments in the heart of the city, just a 10 minute walk from the school.

Rotunda Apartments

The Iconic Rotunda Building, has now been transformed in to beautiful City Centre apartments with amazing views over the city. The Rotunda is in the heart of the Bullring, just a stone’s throw from New Street Station and only a 10 minute walk to our Studios.


Birmingham is a paradise for Shopping lovers! From Selfridges & Harvey Nichols, our historic Markets, to the world-famous Jewellery Quarter  the shops in Birmingham cater for all tastes and budgets! To make it even better, the city is compact enough to explore all major shopping areas on foot and they are handily juxtaposed amongst great Café’s and Bars to ensure you have refreshment along the way! Find below links to the main areas


There are so many eateries in Birmingham (including 5 with Michelin stars) it is difficult to choose just a handful to share. From the Central School it is possible to walk to many of the main restaurant areas, including the Mailbox, Arcadian and also many restaurants within the Bullring. There are a handful of cafés and eateries within the Custard Factory, as well as the oldest pub in Birmingham. If you are looking for something further afield or a little more unique then here are a few of our favourites:

Following a stay in Birmingham, impress everyone with your knowledge that Balti isn’t an Indian dish, but a Pakistani one invented in Birmingham. There are a vast array of Balti restaurants in Birmingham, some of the best ones being reviewed on this site, which also gives information about the Balti Triangle.

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Situated in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, Brindley Place is a mixture of Restaurants, Café’s Bars and major Event locations such as the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena. As well as this, Brindley Place is clustered around the bustling Gas Street Basin, the heart of Britain’s Canal Network.


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