West Midlands Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others) many with brief details of disabled access.
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the West Midlands Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed

 

Aston Hall - seventeenth century red-brick mansion situated in a picturesque public park, one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built, between 1618 and 1635, grade I listed the hall is restored to its former Jacobean splendour, stunning interiors and see the home that received royalty, was besieged during the English Civil War (by guided tour only). Picnic area within gardens, cafe, shop - "The ground floor of Aston Hall, the grounds and the Stables Range are fully accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties. A virtual tour allows those visitors who are unable to climb the stairs to view the upstairs rooms of the Hall", accessible toilets, baby changing facilities
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

 

Birmingham Back to Backs (NT) - "Carefully restored, atmospheric 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses. 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." - Braille and large print guides, virtual tour, induction loop, accessible toilets
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses - Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham – Opened in 1832 with “four glasshouses which range from our exotic Tropical House through to our Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid Houses. There is a large lawn in front of the glasshouses with a range of beds and shrubberies around its perimeter. Overall, the character is that of a Victorian public park with a bandstand set in 15 acres of landscaped greenery” - The gardens are accessible with numerous paths but be aware that the Gardens are situated on a site with a pronounced slope, all 4 four Glasshouses and Tearoom are accessible, accessible toilets, mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available to hire
www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

 

Blakesley Hall - Yardley, Birmingham - a timber-framed house built in 1590. "The house is furnished using an inventory taken in the 17th century and reflects the lifestyle of a wealthy family of the late Tudor and Stuart period of English history" (by guided tour only), traditional herb garden and orchard, cafe, shop - The ground floor of Blakesley Hall are accessible as are the visitors centre, cafe, shop and gardens, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley

 

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens - 10 acre grade II listed walled gardens being restored as near as possible to the period 1680 to 1762, Holly Maze, 3 ponds, woodland walks, craft activities, guided tours, Coffee and Gift Shop - we have no accessibility information for this site
castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk

 

Himley Hall and Park - Himley, Dudley – “Himley Hall is a commanding 18th Century building set amongst 180 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland” - Himley Hall is open to the general public in spring and summer and for special events and bookings throughout the year. Himley Park is open every day until dusk – seasonal art, photography and craft exhibitions, coffee lounge & galleries - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site
www.himleyhallandpark.co.uk

 

New Hall Mill - a Grade 2 listed building, dates from the 18th century, one of only two water mills still surviving in the Birmingham area, restored to a working condition, (open to the general public on specific Open Days, or by prior arrangement), Miller's garden and meadow, tea room - the ground floor of the Mill, including the Engine Room, is accessible by wheelchair users with assistance, parts of the Miller's Garden may also accessible, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities
www.newhallmill.org.uk/newhall.htm

 

Sarehole Mill - Hall Green, Birmingham - a Grade II listed water 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", has two waterwheels, one of which is operational and is used to grind wheat every Wednesday and Sunday, water levels permitting, connections with Matthew Boulton and the author JRR Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy - The ground floor of the Mill where the waterwheel gears and flour bins are located, the miller's house, the granary and the bakehouse are fully accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

 

Soho House - Handsworth, Birmingham - the elegant home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809, restored and reflects the fashions and tastes of the late Georgian period, see some of the products of Boulton’s nearby factory – where buttons and buckles, clocks and vases, and silver and Sheffield plate tableware were made, favourite meeting place of the Lunar Society, members included Erasmus Darwin, James Watt and Joseph Priestly (by guided tour only) - can be accessed via a ramp. Once inside the house, a lift connects all the floors, visitor centre, shop and gardens are also accessible for wheelchair users, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities
www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho

 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens (NT) - Theodore Mander commissioned the building of the new manor in the Old English style in 1887 – the red brick and half timbered house and its contents are an example of the best quality work of its day, decorated interiors with the designs of William Morris and his Arts and Crafts contemporaries are complimented by its art collection - Limited wheelchair access, "Kitchen wing and first floor of manor only accessible by steps", "Partly accessible grounds, slopes, some steps, grass paths. Map of accessible route", Wheelchair accessible transfer golf buggy, accessible toilet, baby changing facilities
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor-and-gardens

 

Winterbourne House and Garden - University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham - an Edwardian historic house with Arts and Crafts inspired design, period rooms filled with antiques and Edwardian era soft furnishings. Along with a 7 acre Botanic Garden with over 6000 different plant species. - The first floor of the house can be reached via a platform lift. Some of the rooms feature quite narrow doors so any visitors with larger sized wheelchairs should check their detailed access statement, many of the garden paths are wheelchair friendly but there are uneven areas across the site, accessible toilet, mobility scooters and a manual wheelchair available
www.winterbourne.org.uk

 

 

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