Architecture Birmingham England

Top 10 Historical Buildings in Birmingham

Birmingham, as a city has been around for a long time and therefore is no surprise has many historical buildings.

  1. Winterbourne House and Gardens

Winterbourne House and Garden are situated in leafy Edgbaston near the University of Birmingham. It is an early Edwardian 20th-century villa suburban house and garden set in 7 acres. A Grade II listed building, it has housed prominent families and has been known for its illustrious gardens.

2. Black Country Museum

An open-air museum based in Dudley, consisting of 26 acres of historic buildings including a former railway goods yard, canal arm, former coal pits and rebuilt historical buildings. Great for teaching children about the Victorian age what life would have been like.

3. Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum

This Victorian Baroque Museum, is a Grade II listed city centre landmark building housing over 40 galleries with collections, both locally and internationally, ranging from art to history. It first opened in 1885 and has since been famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the largest public collection in the world. It also reflects on local Birmingham history.

4. Soho House Museum

Soho House is a Grade II* listed 18th-century house in Handsworth. It was the home of Matthew Boulton until his death in 1809. It has now been restored and is now a museum, run by Birmingham Museums Trust, celebrating Boulton’s life and collection. It houses a collection of ormolu, silver, furniture and paintings.

5. Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall is a grade II* listed Tudor building in Yardley. It is one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham and is a typical example of Tudor architecture with the use of darkened timber and wattle-and-daub infill, with an external lime render which is painted white. The hall became a museum in 1935 after centuries of use as a private home and its parlour was renovated. Its purpose was to display the history of the local medieval manors which comprise Birmingham.

6. Selly Manor

Selly Manor is a timber cruck-framed, 14th-century building, in England, dating back to at least 1327. Originally the manor house of the village of Bournbrook in Worcestershire, it was relocated to the nearby Bournville district in the early 20th century. It is now operated as a museum and venue for functions including weddings, for which it is licensed. It houses the Laurence Cadbury furniture collection.

7. Highbury Hall

Highbury is a Grade II* listed building, was commissioned as his Birmingham residence by Joseph Chamberlain in 1878. It received its name from the Highbury area of London, where Chamberlain lived as a child. The house incorporates much terracotta decoration. Adjacent to the house was Chamberlain’s famous orchid houses. The gardens were magnificent and included a lake.

8. Council Hall

The Birmingham City Council House is located in Victoria Square in the city centre and is a Grade II* listed building. The side of the building, which faces Chamberlain Square, is the entrance and façade of the Museum and Art Gallery which is partly housed in the same building. It provides office accommodation for both employed council officers, including the Chief Executive, and elected council members, plus the council chamber, Lord Mayor’s Suite, committee rooms and a large and ornate banqueting suite, complete with minstrel’s gallery. The first-floor’s exterior balcony is used by visiting dignitaries and victorious sports teams, to address crowds assembled below.

9. St Philips Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip is the Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham. Built as a parish church and consecrated in 1715, St Philip’s became the cathedral of the newly formed Diocese of Birmingham in 1905. St Philip’s was built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style by Thomas Archer and is located in Colmore Row, Birmingham, England. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.

  1. Birmingham University

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston. The main campus of the university occupies a site some 3 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre, in Edgbaston. It is arranged around Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower. Chamberlain may be considered the founder of Birmingham University and was largely responsible for the university gaining its Royal Charter in 1900 and for the development of the Edgbaston campus. The university’s Great Hall is located in the domed Aston Webb Building. The initial 25-acre site was given to the university in 1900 by Lord Calthorpe.

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