Museums, Galleries and Heritage Buildings
In other parts of the city are six more museums, showcasing everything from the city’s thriving jewellery heritage to its stately Jacobean past.
- Aston Hall is one of England’s finest Jacobean mansion houses. Aston Hall still bears the scars of the English Civil War and is surrounded by 50-acres of beautiful parks and gardens.
- Blakesley Hall is a beautiful 16th-century timber-framed house at Blakesley – one of just a few of its kind remaining in Birmingham. The house is set in picturesque gardens full of wildlife.
- Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is the perfectly-preserved Smith & Pepper jewellery factory.
- Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham.
- Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution. Here he met with the greatest minds of the 18th-century and founded his manufacturing empire.
- Weoley Castle is the 700-year-old ruins of a medieval moated house.
Visit the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website for details of exhibitions, events and activities.
Here is a selection of other heritage buildings in and around Birmingham:
Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was formed by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and been at the heart of Birmingham's educational and cultural life for over 150 years. It played a leading role in the introduction of scientific and technical education in Birmingham.
Council House, is the home of Birmingham City Council. It is a Grade II listed building dating back to the late 1800s. Many of the memorials housed within the Council House are available for viewing by the public upon request.
- Curzon Street Station is the original London to Birmingham Railway terminus. Many times threatened with demolition, it has survived as one of the city's most important buildings, in the centre of an area of great industrial heritage.
- Gun Barrel Proof House, also featuring historical documents, artefacts and memorabilia relating to the arms and ammunition trades
- Hall of Memory was erected to commemorate Birmingham citizens who died in the "Great War"
- Old Crown is the oldest extant secular building in Birmingham, dating back to 1368.
- St Paul's Church stands in the centre of Birmingham's only remaining Georgian square. This was built in 1779 as part of the Newhall estate and was the parish church of James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Washington Irving.
- St Philip's Cathedral, a Grade I listed building, is an example of English Baroque architecture. It was consecrated as the parish church in 1715 and became Birmingham's cathedral in 1905
- St Martin's Church, the parish church of Birmingham, is a Grade II listed Victorian Church. It was rebuilt in 1873 preserving the earlier tower and spire
- Town Hall is an example of Roman Revival civic architecture based upon the Roman Temple of Castor and Pollux. Acclaimed at its opening in 1834 as the finest music hall in the country, this Grade I listed landmark underwent a £35m renovation by a dedicated team of conservation and construction professionals
Birmingham Heritage Forum is an independent society which encourages interest in Birmingham's heritage
Other museums and art galleries in and around Birmingham:
- Birmingham and Midland Museum Of Motor Transport showcases the evolution of bus manufacturing and operating industries. It houses one of the most significant collections of preserved buses and restored battery electric vehicles in the country.
- Cadbury World is a visitor centre where you can discover the history, making and magic of Cadbury confectionery, and see a demonstration of chocolate making skills.
- Ikon Gallery features temporary exhibitions showing work by artists from around the world. A variety of media is represented, including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation
- National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest British motorcycle museum in the world. The Museum collection now boasts some 1000 plus machines, fully restored to the manufacturers original specifications with over 850 on display at any one time.
- Pen Room contains an amazing collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham Steel pen trades and the history of writing. The collections include items of factory machinery plus other hands-on objects.
More information about attractions in and around Birmingham is available at http://visitbirmingham.com/