Winterbourne House is one of Birmingham’s hidden treasures – even many of the locals don’t know it’s there. It’s just a short walk from the Birmingham University campus, and easily accessible by bus and train.
The house is small, but beautifully furnished and there are very informative displays – many of which you can touch. For the children there is a games room with clothes to dress up in and old-fashioned toys and games. Admission to the house is free.
There is a small charge if you wish to visit the gardens, but it is well worth the price. There are 7 acres of land which includes landscaped areas and woodlands, pathways, a fishpond, a greenhouse containing enormous cacti and succulents, and a chicken coop amongst other things. You will also find the old washhouse with some of the equipment used, and a selection of wooden hoops for children to play with.
There is a tearoom which offers a selection of hot and cold food, and plenty of places where you could have a picnic.
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