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Birmingham's Heritage and Attractions


Aston Hall

Aston Hall

One of England's finest Jacobean mansions, built by Sir Thomas Holte, Warwickshire landowner, between 1618-1635. Grade I listed. The house boasts some fine interiors including early 17th century plasterwork, wood carving and chimney pieces. Room displays from 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. When you visit see if you can spot the cannon shot damage.



Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham

The Institute was founded in 1932 by Lady Barber in memory of her husband Sir William Henry Barber.  An outstanding collection of Old Master and modern paintings, drawings and sculpture including major works by Bellini, Rubens, Poussin, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Monet and Magritte. Situated at The , this is one of the worlds finest small galleries.
>Barber Website


The Barber Institute


The Aviery in the Botanical Gardens  

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
were opened in 1832. They were designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher.
Today the 15 acres of gardens offer a superb opportunity for recreation and relaxation close to the centre of Birmingham. Tropical, Mediterranean and desert glasshouses; National Bonsai collection, waterfowl and exotic birds. With excellent visitor facilities.
>visit BBG website




The Ikon Gallery

The building is the former Oozells Street School built in 1878 which has been refurbished and extended and forms part of the Brindleyplace development and is the result of one of the first grants to be awarded from the National Lottery and grants from the European Regional Development Fund, the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, the William A Cadbury Charitable Trust and the developer Argent. The architects were Levitt Bernstein Associates.
>Ikon Website


The Ikon Gallery. Oozells Street


Vyse Street Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter


Award-winning working museum in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. The jewellery factory has been perfectly preserved from the day it opened in 1899. Museum displays. Guided tours of old offices and workshop and jewellery making demonstrations. A branch museum of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.
>Visit bmag Website



The Jewellery Business Centre

The former workshops in Spencer street were converted by the Duchy of Cornwall. The gates of the Jewellery Business Centre known as the "Prince Charles Gates" are crafted of stainless steel, cast brass and glass, symbolising silver, gold and precious stones, The design represents base materials growing into fine jewels, The Gates represent the security of the Jewellery Business Centre but remain permanently open to provide welcome.

Sculptor : Michael Johnson


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argent.jpg (80012 bytes) The Argent Centre
corner of Legge Lane and Frederick Street

Built 1862-63 as the Albert Works, a pen and pencil-making factory of , built in Lombardic Renaissance style in polychrome brick. Now houses the Pen Room museum. You can see displays of writing equipment made in Birmingham. Read about the history of the pen companies. 

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