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Booking your visit to Birmingham Back to Backs

Volunteers and guests at Birmingham Back Backs, West Midlands
Volunteers and guests at Birmingham Back Backs | © National Trust Images/John Millar

The Birmingham Back to Backs are open for visits by guided tour only, book online to experience life at Court 15.

How to book

  • You can book your guided tour of the Birmingham Back to Backs online or by calling the Central Box Office on 0344 249 1895.
  • Guided tours are free for members but you need to book your place online in advance and bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to book and pay in advance.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don't need a ticket.
  • Bookings are for your use only and are not available for resale.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Book your visit

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Neighbourhood Pass

If you live or work near the Birmingham Back to Backs, you, another adult and up to three children could visit us for free with our Neighbourhood Pass. Find out more about our Neighbourhood Pass.

Changing your booking

If you set up an account when you made your booking, you will be able to amend the date/time of your booking online up to 24 hours before the date of your visit, or by calling 0344 249 1895

If you are a member and can no longer attend, please let us know by giving us a call on 0344 249 1895

When you arrive

When arriving at Birmingham Back to Backs please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. You'll be asked to show these at our visitor entrance on the corner of Inge Street facing the Hippodrome.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your guided tour to allow it to start promptly. Sadly, if you're late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry.

Finding the Birmingham Back to Backs

Our little court of houses is very unassuming in the heart of a busy city. If you're coming from the train station you'll find visitor reception on the corner of Inge Street, directly opposite Hippodrome Square (on the other side of the rainbow). If you're coming from the Arcadian car park, walk towards the Hippodrome theatre until you reach Inge street and you'll see visitor reception right on the corner on your left.

What to expect

The Birmingham Back to Backs are group of terraced houses built literally back-to-back around a central courtyard. The houses are very small and tours contain multiple steep, winding flights of stairs. Due to their small size, visits are by guided tour only and we're not able to take walk-ins.

A full tour lasts around 90 minutes, taking in all three floors of the three restored houses and our conservation collection, George Saunders' tailor's shop.

A ground floor tour lasts around 60 minutes and takes in the ground floors of each of the houses and George Saunders shop. This tour is suitable for those with access needs, you'll still hear all the stories of Court 15, you just won't have to use the stairs.

The historic courtyard of one of the Birmingham Back to Backs, displayed as it would have been in the 1930s with washing on the line, dolly tub, washboard, bicycle and pushchair.

Book your visit

Please note you need to book tickets to Birmingham Back to Backs. You can book for the following day up until 4pm. Every Thursday another week of time slots is added, so you can book up to four weeks in advance.

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