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“Beautiful gardens, Interesting social history”

Winterbourne House and Garden
Ranked #7 of 303 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English Edwardian home.
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

The gardens, the coffee shop and the history of the house

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

I called in at Winterbourne on my way home from a conference with time to spare before my booked train. My visited lasted two and a half hours.

The whole experience was a delight - friendly helpful staff, interesting and well displayed house (ground floor only), with original experiential access to the lives of the former occupants of the house.
The sun shone for me in the very well cared for gardens. The Japanese part is fabulous.
I ended with a wonderful hot meal from their cafe served on the sunlit terrace overlooking the gardens.
A very special place to visit.

1  Thank CMWIlkley
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

My husband found details when looking on Birmingham University's website for something else. As we live less than an hour away, we decided to see what it was like. Entrance fee was modest and meant the visit was good value for money. Plenty of parking in the vicinity - it's right next to the University who owns this Arts and Crafts house.
Only a few rooms are open on the ground floor - upper rooms have been decorated with Arts and Crafts wallpaper and are for hire as meeting rooms (details on website). There is a small exhibition with photos of the family who had the house built in 1904, and some information about what it was used for after it became part of Birmingham University. There are enough rooms furnished to give a flavour of what it might have been like when used as a home. There is another exhibition about the family children in what was probably part of a stable block.

Then there are seven acres of garden. The plants in the conservatory against the wall of the old kitchen garden were wonderful. There is a crinkle-crankle wall to the kitchen garden and new fruit trees are being trained up it. The orchid house is small but well-stocked; a small, new alpine house has a range of healthy alpines; the larger arid house was also well-stocked and a pleasant place to sit in the sun. It was early spring so there were a limited number of flowers in bloom.

Lunch on the terrace was a little chilly but there was no room in the small indoor dining area which was packed by 12.30pm! There is a small range of good quality, freshly prepared food. Not the cheapest food but I thought it was good value. It might have been a mite chilly on the terrace, but it is a lovely area at the back of the house with views across the garden, and very quiet considering this is Birmingham.

This is a little gem of a place, and we will be back later in the year to see the roses.

My only gripe is that there are no booklets available about the Nettlefold family who had the house built. It would have been nice to have something to take home and read up about later.

1  Thank Jenista
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Winterbourne House and Garden is an old Edwardian house with large grounds. It has been opened to the public as a botanical garden, museum and tea room. There is an outside dining area, which is delightful when the weather permits. Admission fees are modest, and there is no charge for staff and students of the University of Birmingham, which owns the site.

The food is well prepared and presented, with prompt service. Prices are reasonable, although not cheap, and there are good choices for vegetarians.

It is an excellent quiet venue for dining, walking, and talking to friends.

Thank Pelagius_Redivivus
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Working near to Winterbourne Gardens, I recently decided to make best use of this faciltiy at lunchtimes.

What a sensational place to visit. During my lunch breaks, I took some reading with me and sat on a bench. It is a sublime place to soak up the peace and tranquility in what is an otherwise busy city. In fact, one could imagine sitting in the countryside.

I cannot wait for the flowers of full summer

Thank Dead_Sheep
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