Contact & Location Information

This page is intended to provide you with all the neccessary information for you to contact the group and to help make your journey to the group as easy as possible. There is also a basic guide to entertainment that is available in Birmingham during your stay.

Postal Address

Astrophysics and Space Research Group
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom


Astrophysics and Space Research Group Enquires : +44 (0)121 414 7434
School of Physics and Astronomy: +44 (0)121 414 4564 University Switchboard : +44 (0)121 414 3344


Astrophysics and Space Research Group : +44 (0)121 414 3722
School of Physics and Astronomy : +44 (0)121 414 4644


The E-mail address for the Astrophysics and Space Research Group is username[at] Specific usernames are listed in the Who's Who section of the website. For enquiries about this website please use webmaster[at]


Getting to the University - Directions for travel by car, plane, train, coach, bus and taxi

Birmingham International Airport

Rail timetable - Enter `UNI' as the destination

National Express - Coach tickets and enquires


Local area - City centre, Edgbaston, Bournville

University campus - With index of locations (large image)

Finding the School of Physics - Highlighted on a section of the campus map

Physics West




Local Information - Bars & Resaurants

Whether you're hungry enough for a multiple course meal, or you just fancy a drink, you are sure to find somewhere to suit your needs in the city centre. With the broad array of international cuisines, you can taste the world in Birmingham! This is just a short list of the multitude of restaraunts that can be found in and around Birmingham.


Chung Ying Garden (China Town) - Biggest and most authentic Chinese restaurant around.
BIG WOK (China Town) Oriental Buffet Restaurant.
Cafe Soya Vietnamese/Chinese cuuisine, Behind the Bullring in Digbeth. They do excellent noodle soups and the prices are really good.
Henry Wong (Harborne High Street) - An authentic Chinese at the top of Harborne High Street. This is a lovely restaurant that is more traditional than Must and does really lovely Chinese teas at the end of the meal. They also do takeway. Highly recommended.
Must (Newhall Street) Delicious modern Chinese in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. This is another fusion-type restaurant so expect Chinese dishes with a flair. Also does fabulous cocktails.
Thai Edge(Brindley Place) Excellent food and service. A bit more expensive than your regular pub. They also do good lunch time or express set courses.


Sundarbon International Tandoori (Selly Oak, Bristol Road) - nice, reasonably priced tandoori restarant
Dilsha International (Selly Oak, Bristol Road) - slightly more expensive than most Indian style restaruants in Selly Oak
Ashas Indian Bar and Restaurant (Newhall Street) - Modern, fusion Indian food. There is an extensive menu including many delicious fish and lamb dishes and it does great cocktails too. This place had won awards for their food and rightly so. The service is also very good.
Shimla Pinks (Broad Street) - Classy but expensive Indian restaurant.


Bella Italia (New Street) - Conveniently located and reasonably priced Italian chain restaurant.
Pizza Express (Brindleyplace/Harborne/Bull Ring) - Upmarket and slightly more expensive version of Pizza Hut, serving traditional thin based Italian pizzas.
San Carlo (Temple Street) - Elegant ristorante with delicious cuisine owned by Italian born local.


Athens Restaurant (Paradise Circus) - Authentic Grecian atmosphere, complete with plate smashing.
Bar Estilo (Mailbox) - Highly rated Mediterranean restaurant with bar, playing 70s cover versions.
Cafe Rouge (Brindley Place/Harborne) - Respected French restaurant overlooking canal.
Le Petit Blanc (Brindley Place) - Upmarket French restaurant.
Pitcher & Piano (Brindley Place) - Jazz bar at night with a relaxed daytime atmosphere.
The Plough (Harbourne) It's a great, clean pub with great food.
Square Peg (Corporation Street) - A Whetherspoons Pub housing the longest bar in Birmingham which serves cheap drinks and food.
Anderson's Bar and Grill (St. Paul's Square) - The best place if you love a good steak. While steak is their speciality, they also do fabulous fish and chicken dishes for non-steak lovers. There is also a trendy bar area where you can enjoy a drink and enjoy some bar snacks.

Other Cuisines:

Old Orleans (Broad Street) - Typical US styled restaurant with cheap drinks
The Sports Cafe Bar (Broad Street) - Sports bar


The Yardbird Jazz Club (near Paradise Forum) - A cool place with lots of live music, not only jazz

The Vaults (Newhall Place) - They also do food, but it's not great. The ambiance, however, is fantastic. It's got drinks deals on Thursday nights which are really good.



Local Information - Art & Musuems


The University's Edgbaston campus houses its very own art gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which was declared 'Gallery of the Year' by the Good Britain Guide 2004. The gallery contains a fine selection of influential European art dating back as early as the 13th century. The collection compromises a variation of drawings, paintings, prints and scultptures. Some of the many artists represented include Boticelli, Degas, Magritte, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and van Gough.


There are many other galleries to be found in the second city, including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Gas Hall (Chamberlain Square), Ikon Gallery (Oozells Square) and mac (Cannon Hill Park).

Birmingham also has a wonderful science museum known as Millennium Point. This encompases Thinktank, the Birmingham Science Museum, and the IMAX Cinema.