Winterbourne House and Garden: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Edgbaston

Looking for an interesting day out with the family?

Originally built in 1903 and designed as a small country estate, Winterbourne House and Gardens is a hidden gem located next to the Edgbaston campus of University of Birmingham. Following the style of the Arts and Crafts movement, it was designed for John and Margaret Nettlefold. John Nettlefold was a pioneer of early housing reform and town planning when Birmingham had a lack of suitable housing for the working class, while Margaret was the niece of the University’s founder – Joseph Chamberlain who devoted her time to local charities.

The house has been restored in the Arts and Crafts style (bespoke, handcrafted goods instead of mass-produced identical items). Including the Study, Drawing Room, Hallway and History room.  The house delivers a fascinating insight into how an upper-middle-class family would have lived in the early 20th century.

The Botanic Gardens

A beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, the Grade II listed, seven-acre botanic gardens were designed by Margaret Nettlefold, taking inspiration from the books of Gertrude Jekyll, and are one of the finest surviving examples of an Edwardian villa garden. Featuring The Terrace, a Woodland Walk, Japanese Bridge, The ‘Sunken Garden,’ Walled Garden and numerous Glasshouses, the gardens feature plants from all over the world, including the Antarctic, North America, South America and Japan.

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The Printing Press

Winterbourne is home to several working printing presses from the 1800’s and early 1900’s that showcase early printing techniques. As part of their 2019 schedule, they are celebrating Birmingham’s connections with print by focusing on ‘A Year of Print,’ offering workshops, exhibitions and courses that focus on everything from letterpress to screen printing and on Friday’s, volunteers demonstrate the mechanics of the presses to visitors.

Arts Courses

Winterbourne offers a whole range of courses, craft activities and events throughout the year with local and national specialists. From stained glass, lithograph, gelatine plate printing, Chine Colle, murder mystery nights, summer Jazz events and painting workshops in the garden and rare plant fair’s, Winterbourne has something for everyone interested in developing their Arts and Crafts. For more information about future events, availability and pricing, visit the Winterbourne House and Gardens site here.

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Useful Information When Planning Your Visit

Ticket Prices: Tickets give you entry to both the house and garden. No advance purchase of tickets is necessary – visitors are welcome to purchase tickets on the door.

Single: £7.20

Child (5-16) £6.20          

Over 65/Student: £6.20              

Family (2+4): £22.00     

Opening Hours: Winterbourne is open 7 days a week including bank holidays with a short closure around Christmas and New Year.

November-March: 10.30am – 4pm Daily

April-October: 10.30am – 5.30pm Daily

Disability Access: Winterbourne House has disabled access through the ground floor, tea room and terrace. The botanic gardens are also accessible, although caution is advised in areas of uneven paths. Guide Dogs are permitted.

Parking: There is a small car park located at the front of the house with a limited number of spaces.

Image: Duncan Walker