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Top 5 revision spots in Birmingham

Top 5 revision spots in Birmingham


Faculty Coffee

This is one of the quirkiest cafes I’ve ever been to. It is located in the historic Piccadilly Arcade, right next to New Street train station. They also occasionally hold classes on making coffee if you fancy yourself as a barista!

Can be found at: Picadilly Arcade, Birmingham, B2 4HD

Opening times:

8:00-18:00 – Monday to Friday

9:30-18:00 – Saturday

11:00-16:00 – Sunday


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

This is possibly my favourite place in the city to visit. I love to look at all the art and exhibitions whenever I get a chance. The Edwardian Tearoom located inside the museum is also one of my favourite places to study. It has the most relaxing atmosphere and some amazing food.

Can be found at: Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

Opening times:

10:00 – 17:00 – Monday to Thursday

10:30 – 17:00 – Friday

10:00 – 17:00 – Saturday and Sunday

The Library of Birmingham

Of course, I have to include the Library of Birmingham. Not only is it useful to have easy access to thousands of books while you are there, it also has some secret areas where you can find incredible views of the city. There is even a cafe on the ground floor where you can grab your daily dose of caffeine.

Can be found at: Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND

Opening times:

Full service:

11:00 – 19:00 – Monday to Tuesday

11:00 – 17:00 – Wednesday and Saturday

LoB Express on the ground floor:

9:00 – 11:00 – Monday to Friday

19:00 – 21:00 – Monday to Tuesday

17:00 – 21:00 – Wednesday to Friday

LoB Express includes access to:

– popular fiction and non-fiction books, special collections and promotions

– book borrowing and returns

– library registration and reservation service

– study space

– access to free Wi-Fi

– use of computers and printing facilities

Costa (New Street Station)

Even though this Costa can get a little busy, I quite enjoy having things go on around me while I’m doing work. If you are the same then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this study spot.

Can be found at: Unit 41 Grand Central, Stephenson Place, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4BF

Opening times:

9:00 – 22:00 – Monday to Friday

9:00 – 21:00 – Saturday

11:00 – 17:00 – Sunday

Cherry Reds

This is a great affordable option for food and drink and has a lovely cosy vibe. It is also a bar in the evening so if you are looking for a place to head with your pals this is worth checking out.

Can be found at: 88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN

Opening times:

8:30 – 23:00 – Monday to Wednesday

8:30 – 00:00 – Thursday

8:30 – 01:00 – Friday

10:00 – 01:00 – Saturday

10:00 – 23:00 – Sunday

If you have any more suggestions please leave them in the comments!

Jade x