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“Lovely homely house...........”
Review of Soho House Museum

Soho House Museum
Ranked #14 of 283 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Tour the home of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809,) made famous for his associations with James Watt and the Lunar Society, which left his mark on industrial development in Birmingham.
Solihull, UK
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“Lovely homely house...........”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was our first visit to this small but beautifully put together Museum. Located just off the A41 north east of the City Centre this Georgian house has been beautifully restored to be a quaint and charming evocation of Boulton’s family home. Matthew Boulton lived here in the last part of the 18th Century and the restoration portrays the rooms as they may have appeared then. The restoration is sensitive and not overdone and the period furniture (from similar periods though not all from the house) fit well – I particularly liked the wear on the arms of the chairs in the breakfast room – where Boultons hands had been!!
Though not of Boulton, the Victorian schoolroom to nod to one of the later uses of the house was a nice touch and the cellars were evocative of the status enjoyed by his 8 staff.
As well as the main house there is a reasonable sized garden, with a hermitage in the bottom corner, a tearoom complete with a pair of sphinxes, an exhibition dedicated to Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society; and a gift shop.

I thought the interpretative boards in each room were clear and helpful. Staff on duty were friendly and pleasant.
We visited on Bank Holiday Monday and there were activities for children organised and Victorian foods to sample in the Housekeepers Room.
The Café is very limited to sandwiches, pre-prepared and cakes and cold and hot drinks but it is a pleasant room. On the day there was a shuttle service running back and forth to the Museum of the Jewelry Quarter.
Although just off the main road (and frankly poorly signposted) the house retains a sense of peace and tranquillity. We spent a very pleasant hour there.

Visited May 2014
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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“Disabled access”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

My husband is severely disabled and in a wheelchair so when we visited Soho House we were really pleased to discover that he was able to access the whole house. The staff were extremely helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I would thoroughly recommend Soho House for anyone who is disabled.

Visited April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Excellent insight into Birmingham's industrial beginnings”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Soho House offers an excellent introduction to industrial Birmingham via the story of a key family in the area. The property shows a household of the time with attractive boards providing relevant information about life in the house. The adjacent museum display completes the story of the rise of industrial Birmingham.
Staff are welcoming, helpful and keen to offer extra information to enhance the visit.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Soho House”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Soho House is a hidden gem, sitting just off the main road through Handsworth.
The house has been restored to look like it did at the time of Matthew Boulton.
As well as the main house there is a reasonable sized garden, with a hermitage in the bottom corner, a tearoom complete with a pair of sphinxes, an exhibition dedicated to Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society; and a gift shop.
Well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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“Great fun”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Went with friend and our kids . Beautiful place . Kids did the Easter activities whilst we had a cuppa . Staff were lovely and helpful . The house itself was gorgeous, well kept and lots of interesting things to look at . The kids especially enjoyed the cellar and the toy room . Well width a visit.

Visited April 2014
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