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Notice: Please note that visits to the Birmingham Back to Backs are by timed guided tours only. It is essential to pre-book. Details on pre-booking are on our How to Book page.

Carefully restored, atmospheric 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses

An atmospheric glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people who helped make Birmingham an extraordinary city.

On a fascinating guided tour, step back in time at Birmingham's last surviving court of back to backs; houses built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard.

Moving from the 1840s through to the 1970s, discover the lives of some of the former residents who crammed into these small houses to live and work. With fires alight in the grates, and sounds and smells from the past, experience an evocative and intimate insight into life at the Back to Backs.

Book a tour with us

Admission to the Back to Backs is by guided tour only.

We can only take a maximum of 8 people per tour so pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

A unique place to stay

The Birmingham Back to Backs is perfectly placed for the start of a visit to the city.

As well as offering tours and workshops, we offer holiday cottages for anyone after a short stay in the city.

Volunteers wanted

Ever been on one of our tours and thought "That's something I'd like to do"?

Ever wondered what makes the Back to Backs a great place?

Want to do something different?

Then why not become a volunteer?

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