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Top places to visit in Birmingham and West Midlands

Photo shows terraced frontages on a corner in the middle of busy Birmingham.
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Birmingham Back to Backs 

Experience 200 years of working people's lives in the heart of Birmingham.

Birmingham, West Midlands

Fully open today
A view of The Roundhouse from across the canal, with two canal boats visible in the foreground and the curved wall of The Roundhouse visible beyond
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Roundhouse 

Through a partnership between the National Trust and Canal & River Trust, the Roundhouse in Birmingham has been revived as a hub for city tours.

Birmingham, West Midlands

Fully open today
A view of the east wing of Wightwick Manor from across the South Terrace lawn, light by the winter sun.
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Wightwick Manor and Gardens 

Paint, Politics and Pre-Raphaelite Artists

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Fully open today
A winter sunrise over the Four Stones, tall rectangular standing stones at Clent Hills, Worcestershire.
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Clent Hills 

A stunning countryside haven in the heart of the busy Midlands

near Romsley, Worcestershire

Fully open today
The red bricked hall sites in the main frame of the image, with green grass on the ground and a bright blue sky. There are holly trees to the right and left of the front door.
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Moseley Old Hall 

An atmospheric Elizabethan farmhouse that saved a King

Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Fully open today

Family-friendly places in Birmingham and West Midlands

Young girl laying on lawn filling in Easter trail pack
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Family Fun at Moseley Old Hall 

Discover what family-friendly activities are on offer at Moseley Old Hall, from adventures and trails in the 17th century house, to exploring the adventure playground, complete with den building, mud kitchen, and turf labyrinth.

A girl running and playing with bubbles on the Thimbles Lawn at Wightwick Manor and gardens on a bright, sunny day.
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Family days out at Wightwick Manor and Gardens 

With seasonal activities for all the family, gardens to explore, a natural play area and lots of history and nature to discover. Find out about our latest family activities and plan your day out.

Eating and Shopping in Birmingham and the West Midlands

A book display showing some of the used and new books on sale
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Second-hand bookshop at the Birmingham Back to Backs 

Buy new and used books at Court 15, the second-hand bookshop at Birmingham Back to Backs. Donate your pre-loved books.

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Eating and shopping at Wightwick 

Discover the historic buildings at Wightwick and grab a bite to eat in the tea-room or stop by the shop or second-hand bookshop for the perfect souvenir of your visit.

Visitor carrying a tray of coffee and cake in the cafe at Llanerchaeron, Wales
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Eating and shopping at Moseley Old Hall 

The tea-room is open for takeaways and outdoor seating, serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks. Hot food is served from 12 noon until 3pm. Stop by the second-hand bookshop to pick up your next read.

What's on in Birmingham & West Midlands

Young volunteers and guests, Birmingham Back to Backs, summer 2016. On a fascinating guided tour, visitors step back in time at Birmingham's last surviving court of back to backs; houses built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard.

Events in Birmingham & West Midlands 

Join in a host of seasonal adventures and events for all ages at places near you. Find out what's on and what’s coming soon.

Gardens in Birmingham and West Midlands

In the foreground, tall daffodils spring up between the blades of grass. In the background, the tops of the chimneys of Wightwick Manor can see seen.
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The garden at Wightwick 

The garden at Wightwick is the perfect place for a walk after enjoying the delights of the house. Designed by Thomas Mawson, today it has something to see no matter what the season.

View over the Knot Garden to the south front at Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire.
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Explore the garden at Moseley Old Hall 

Explore Moseley’s walled gardens to discover 17th-century plants, a heritage orchard and intricate knot garden. Climb the tree hide and build a den in the King’s Walk Woods beyond.

Countryside in the West Midlands

Three children playing at the four pillars
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Clent Hills 

Enjoy the great outdoors on the Clent Hills with miles of bridleway to explore. Find out about the best routes and keeping yourself safe while out walking and cycling on the Hills.

Moseley Road Baths

Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham, still open for swimming
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Securing a future for Moseley Road Baths 

Learn how the National Trust’s Innovation and Partnership Team (IPT) joined a coalition to save Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham, a unique Edwardian swimming venue that faced closure

Our Birmingham Partners

From intriguing museums to stately homes, there are several places in Birmingham that offer a special welcome to our members. You could be entitled to up to 50% off your entry price when you show your National Trust membership card.

A selection of upside-down U shaped presses line an old wooden bench along a window sill. Beyond the windows are red-bricked buildings and inside the room with the presses are lots of small boxes and wooden Victorian looking items or equipment.

The Pen Museum 

A unique museum in the heart of Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter, you can immerse yourself in the world of a 19th-century pen-making workshop and see and hear of the harsh conditions of the mainly female workforce. Employed for their dexterity most of the women and girls making pen nibs, and ironically likely to be illiterate themselves. There are many creative displays of vintage pens, on loan from Birmingham's collections. Demonstrations and opportunities and 'have a go' activities for all the family, with quill and steel pens, typewriters, and dressing up area for younger members of the family, photo opportunities, and social media sharing. Discount: 20 % discount on Adult and Concession admission tickets.

A decorative, red bricked building with a peaked roof and white window frames is glimpsed between autumnal apple trees, in the low autumn sunlight which makes everything glow.

Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens 

Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens and Parkland is a 40acre green space on the edge of the city. A unique survival of early 18th century formal gardens with walks, heritage orchards, seasonal bedding, ponds and a maze. The Parkland is a Local Nature Reserve. Courtyard Café and shop free to access. Family friendly and dogs on short leads welcome. Free activities and bookable events all year round. Discount: 2-4-1 entry (not including special event days, for which visitors can buy supplementary tickets)

The front exterior of Tudor mansion, Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall 

Blakesley Hall, a timber-framed Tudor masterpiece constructed in 1590, stands proudly as one of Birmingham's oldest and most exemplary architectural treasures. Today, the hall serves as a museum, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its historic splendour. Situated in the charming suburb of Yardley, the hall's picturesque gardens create an oasis of tranquillity tucked away where you’d least expect! Discount: 50% off entry.

Inside the Coffin Works, Birmingham

The Coffin Works 

Explore how this Jewellery Quarter factory, owned by the Newman Brothers, produced high-quality coffin furniture for over 100 years, including the fittings for Winston Churchill and Princess Diana. From coffin handles to shrouds and more, the museum’s workshops are full of original stock, tools and working machinery, enabling visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian factory life. Guided tour and self-guided entry available. Discount: 50% off self-guided entry (not including guided tours).

Exterior of Sarehole Mill, Birmingham

Sarehole Mill 

Sarehole Mill, built in 1768, is a functioning watermill and one of only two in Birmingham. Nestled in the picturesque suburb of Moseley, it offers a scenic spot for walks and picnics, attracting both locals and tourists. Renowned for its connection to J.R.R. Tolkien, who drew inspiration from the mill for his Middle-earth stories, Sarehole Mill welcomes visitors with a range of engaging tours and activities. Discount: 50% off entry.

Exterior of Aston Hall, Birmingham

Aston Hall 

Aston Hall, a beautiful Jacobean mansion built in 1618, is a remarkable landmark in Birmingham. As a public museum, it welcomes visitors to explore its impressive rooms and lush grounds, including Lady Holte’s Garden. Boasting a fascinating history including a Civil War siege, and said to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, Aston Hall provides guests with a chance to learn about Birmingham's history and enjoy some of the city's best gardens in a truly memorable environment. Don’t miss it’s iconic Long Gallery. Discount: 50% off entry.

Support the National Trust in Birmingham and West Midlands

Visitors listening to the tour guide on the closed communal courtyard at Birmingham Back to Backs, West Midlands
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Supporter groups in Birmingham and the West Midlands 

Join your local supporter group in Birmingham and the West Midlands for visits, holidays and fundraising events supporting the Trust.

The farmhouse seen over the Knot Garden at Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire
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Volunteering at Moseley Old Hall 

Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to care for Moseley Old Hall – discover how you could play your part in helping to preserve this historic Elizabethan farmhouse.

A volunteer talks to visitors at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands
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Volunteering at Wightwick Manor 

Find out more about volunteering at Wightwick Manor and how you can join the team that has been making Wightwick tick for over 60 years.

Sustainable Travel

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Sustainable travel in Birmingham & West Midlands 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Birmingham and West Midlands, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Knitted Blossom and Poetry Trail at Wightwick Manor and Gardens 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Celebrate the festival of blossom with us here at Wightwick and admire the knitted (and real!) blossom in the gardens this spring.

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14 Apr to 9 Jun 2024
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SOLD OUT Adult Beginners Needle Felting Workshop - Birds inspired by the Strawberry Thief 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

This is a workshop aimed at adult beginners or first time felters with tutor Natalie Harris(Brooks). Natalie is a fine artist using needle felting and the creator of Roly Poly Ponies.

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14 Apr 2024
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10:30 to 14:30
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Back to Backs volunteer recruitment open day 

Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham, West Midlands

Come and learn a bit more about what it's like to volunteer at the Back to Backs and the exciting stuff to get involved in!

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22 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 13:00
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Fused Glass Workshops with Suzie Lavender - House Number Plate and Photograph Frames 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Throughout the day Wolverhampton glass artist Suzie from Suzie Lavender Contemporary Glass will be teaching two sessions of fused glass making techniques. These workshops are suitable for beginners or as a refresher course.

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24 Apr 2024
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10:30 to 15:30
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Make more of your Photography Workshop at Wightwick Manor and Gardens with Lindsey Bucknor OBE 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Join us in the wonderful surroundings here at Wightwick to build on what you already know and see what you can do with your photography.

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26 Apr to 8 Oct 2024
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10:30 to 12:30
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In conversation with Twiggy and Daniel Lismore- Hosted by Sean Burns 

Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham, West Midlands

Join us for a special evening celebrating the creative process of three unique artists who push the boundaries of fashion and style. Please note that this event will be held at Missing Bar. 48 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6NU

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2 May 2024
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18:00 to 20:00
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Adult Needle Felting Workshop - Elephants 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

This is a workshop aimed at adult beginners and confident first time felters with tutor Natalie Harris(Brooks). Natalie is a fine artist using needle felting and the creator of Roly Poly Ponies.

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5 May 2024
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Back in Time reminiscence session for people living with mild Dementia 

Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham, West Midlands

Do you know someone living with mild dementia who enjoys reminiscing about the past? Our “Back in Time” sessions at the Birmingham Back to Backs are designed to spark memory sharing.

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13 May to 8 Jul 2024
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Visitors walking among daffodils at Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.