History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

From Tudor palaces and Roman towns to secret priest holes and ‘monster’ fountains, Birmingham and its surrounding area is a region steeped in a rich and varied history.

Aston Hall

Aston Hall

Aston Hall and Park are hugely popular with family audiences and have a full programme of events, activities and trails. Discover the stunning interiors and the stories of the people who lived and visited the hall.

Back to Backs

Back to Backs

Get 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 back houses.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country Living Museum is one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom. The village has charismatic residents to chat with, trams to ride, games to play, things being made and stories to hear.

Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall

Blakesley is a haven; secluded from the avenues of modern houses that lie beyond its gates. The house is furnished using an inventory taken in the 17th century and reflects the lifestyle of a wealthy family of the late Tudor/Stuart period.

Coffin Works

Coffin Works

Experience a time capsule, with its working machinery and unusual products – coffin handles,ornaments, linings and shrouds – left on the workbenches when the workforce set down their tools and left for the very last time.

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum

At the Coventry Transport Museum you can discover the heart of Britain’s transport industry, the people behind the technology, and the innovation that made Coventry a powerhouse for over 120 years.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Explore 2000 years of Coventry’s history alongside stunning contemporary artworks at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Exciting temporary exhibitions, fascinating museum displays and permanent art works are on offer.

Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Quarter

Experience Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and browse the handmade collections from many bespoke jewellers; grab a coffee in one a quaint independent café or explore different worlds in a plethora of family attractions.

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

Visit Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire and see one of the most spectacular castle ruins in England. Wander through, or have a picnic in the re-created Elizabethan Garden designed b Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral

The only medieval Cathedral with three spires in England, welcoming visitors since 700AD. It’s home to treasures including the Lichfield Angel, St Chad Gospels, Staffordshire Hoard artefacts and the recently restored Herkenrode Glass.

Museum of Royal Worcester

Museum of Royal Worcester

The Georgian, Victorian and 20th century galleries will take you on a journey through time and an informative audio tour features the factory’s history. It’s proud to hold the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

The Museum is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in the famous Jewellery Quarter. Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the area.

National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

For some, the Arboretum is a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Sarehole Mill

Sarehole Mill

There has been a mill on this site since 1542, but the current building dates from the mid-18th century. In the 1850s a steam engine was installed and a chimney built, which provides Sarehole Mill with its distinctive silhouette.

Soho House

Soho House

Soho House was the elegant home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809. The house has been beautifully restored and reflects the fashions and tastes of the late Georgian period.

Staffordshire Hoard Trail

Staffordshire Hoard Trail

Follow the Staffordshire Hoard Trail from Birmingham, across Staffordshire and beyond at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Tamworth Castle, The Potteries Gallery & Museum and Lichfield Cathedral.

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle

Nestling in a green valley in the heart of the Shropshire countryside, Stokesay is the finest and best preserved fortified manor house in England. There is plenty to see and do here from the gatehouse to the moat walks.

Stoneleigh Abbey

Stoneleigh Abbey

The fine Grade I listed English mansion is comprised of two halves; the first is a fine example of a Jacobean country house. The second, the West Wing, was designed by famous architect Francis Smith in the Baroque style.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

At Warwick Castle, a visit to The Dungeon with its torture chamber, decaying bodies, chanting monks, medieval medical instruments and labyrinth of lost souls will test your nerves to the max.

Winterbourne House

Winterbourne House

A rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden open to the public 7 days a week with a range exhibition rooms offering an insight into Edwardian life both above and below stairs.

Witley Court

Witley Court

Discover the spectacular romantic ruins of this once great house destroyed by fire in 1937 and step back in time to a bygone age of great wealth when the house and estate played host to royal weekend parties at Witley Court.