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“One of Birmingham's hidden gems”
Review of Birmingham Oratory

Birmingham Oratory
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“One of Birmingham's hidden gems”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I can’t believe I’ve not visited the Oratory before despite living in Birmingham for many years. Although you could easily miss it walking along the Hagley Road, it is well worth visiting for the lovely interior and the sense of peacefulness inside after the busy traffic outside. It really is one of Birmingham's hidden gems.

Last week we went to hear Vespers at sunset sung by Ex Cathedra. It was a wonderful concert and just such a shame that this was the last concert performance to be given at the Oratory although there will still be music at the High Mass on a Sunday.

Visited June 2014
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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391 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly moving with excellent host...”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

An interesting place to visit, not just for the shrine of Cardinal Newman but for the architecture too. We were fortunate to have the eloquent and mellifluously voiced Brother Dominic whose fascinating insights into the genesis and religious background of Oratories were placed most cogently into the C19th political and social context of this country. The car park is accessible on the Plough and Harrow Road which runs parallel to Hagley Road. One enters via a cool and almost tranquil cloister with only the constant noise of the traffic imposing itself on the environment. The church itself, built in the Edwardian period is a noble edifice with a preponderance of marble evident in the massive nave pillars and in the decoration of the many nave chapels too. Over all this Italian Renaissance-influenced building is a fine painted roof with a broad and impressive view of the beautifully ornate high altar. Its unanimity do design means that there are no quirky changes of styles that are found in many churches and cathedrals but the quality of artistic decorations and furnishings are worth lingering over. The chapel of St Philip Neri is a lovely and serene space but being a musician and understandably fond of Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius" it was the national shrine of the Blessed John Henry Newman which I found especially moving despite the paucity if relics. A worthwhile trip although, alas, there were no guidebooks left to purchase at the conclusion of the visit. Don't forget to donate to the restoration fund to maintain this beautiful church for future generations.

Visited June 2014
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Swindon, England
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137 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“A stunning church”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

My partner and I attended a wedding held here last weekend. What a magnificent building and a lovely atmosphere. The decoration inside the church is stunning and the outside area is calm and tranquil even though this church is situated on the Hagley Road which is very busy. Another big plus is their own car park at the back - very handy and most welcome. If you go please donate y amount you can afford to the restoration fund as we need to keep buildings like this.

Visited August 2013
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Fareham
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90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“We attaended a wedding here this week, stunning setting”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

We attended a family wedding here last week end, there cant be many churches like this left, the architecture was absolutely stunning and the organ was like something from a bygone age. The central dome roof was highly decorated and all the walls were covered with highly decorated friezes, it really was a fabulous setting

Visited August 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“The Birmingham Oratory”
Reviewed 23 June 2013 via mobile

Please visit and donate to its restoration fund. It's a beautiful church but like all these wonderful Romanesque buildings - it has suffered its fair fair share of neglect over the years- of course not on purpose as I suppose people assumed it would always stay the way it was!!
Now the wonderful priests and congregation are trying hard to raise the much needed cash. Call in and donate.
Also did you know that the the church houses the remains of St Valentine? A must for romantics!!



Visited June 2013
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