Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Top choice gallery in Birmingham

At the University of Birmingham, 3 miles south of the city centre, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts has an astonishing collection of Renaissance masterpieces; European masters, such as Rubens and Van Dyck; British greats, including Gainsborough, Reynolds and Turner; and classics from modern titans Picasso, Magritte and others. Trains run from Birmingham New St to University station (£2.50, seven minutes, every 10 minutes), from where it's a 10-minute walk.