Winterbourne House and Garden

Winterbourne House and Garden

Winterbourne House and Garden
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens • History Museums
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10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Sarah T
Leamington Spa, UK78 contributions
Friends
We came here on a trip to Birmingham for an evening performance at the Hippodrome.

The grounds of the house are beautiful and sprawling with different things to see at each turn. Colours and plants of varying types and green houses for the more tropical varieties.

The house has great examples of an arts and crafts period and the story of the family is interesting too, no spoilers here! A lovely family feeling home with large windows giving a light and airy feel to the house with views over the grounds at most of the windows.

A really splendid place to spend a morning, pr afternoon and lunchtime soaking up this splendid find. There’s a quaint tea room with a terrace for warmer months.

We arrived on the train from Moor Street to University Station as part of our existing train ticket from our town, but a train ticket from Moor Street to University Station is only £2.90 one way (£3 return).
We made the short walk from the University Station through the University campus (which is quite nice, especially when you see the original old buildings), arriving at Winterbourne House and Gardens.

The walk back to the city centre afterwards was about 2 and a half miles, which took us about an hour.

Needless to say we will be back in the summer to see the new season in the gardens.
Written April 24, 2022
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Graham J
Nuneaton, UK1,814 contributions
This property is owned by the University of Birmingham. It has a free car park that is quite obviously too small for the number of visitors so you are directed to a University of Birmingham car park a few minutes away. This is not a free car park and it costs several pounds for a few hours parking. At this academic centre of technological advancement you cannot pay with a card. It was difficult to use the pay by phone option because of the poor signal strength and when we found a signal we got an answering machine! When you buy your admission ticket for the house there is no refund for paying for parking. What a shambles!

The house and the tea rooms are good but the garden is fantastic. Must be worth multiple visits in different seasons of the year. There are some great and unusual specimens, see photos.
Written June 18, 2022
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Jessica T
Solihull, UK9 contributions
The gardens are beautiful and a real must see. The house is interesting and really well kept. The cafe has a small but tasty selection of food and drink and is reasonably priced. All in all a very enjoyable day out. The only complaint I have, which was not the fault of Winterbourne, was that some of the boys from King Edwards school taking their usual route through the gardens were using really awful language.
Written June 16, 2022
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Cairo27
Coventry, UK126 contributions
Visited as a result of our son becoming a UoB student, he gets in free. We decided to become members, £60 for a yearly family ticket, limited parking outside, but overflow multi-storey car park close by. The house is currently closed due to Covid unfortunately. Gardens cover seven acres, so you are not shoulder to shoulder with others. No tickets to book online but due to the size, unlikely to be refused entry due to numbers.My favourite was the cactus house, a wide variety to see. Only 3 persons allowed in at one time, well thought out. Delicious cake and coffee served on the terrace. Very Covid friendly, hand sanitisers, one way system etc. I notice how careful all seating on the cafe terrace was cleaned in between different guests arriving and departing. Staff were polite and helpful. Shop sold nice items and a second hand book shop too. No negatives, lovely oasis in such a large city. Driven past so many times and felt disappointed not discovered before. A lot of thought and care gone into public safety due to Covid. This was also replicated at the Barber Art Institute, just down the road also owned by the UoB.
Written October 3, 2020
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LRHB4
Birmingham, UK84 contributions
Couples
We visited because there was a "Bee" event which we thought would be good, sadly it wasn't particularly.

The Gardens, apart from the steps up to the terrace, was something of a non event, nothing very interesting or exciting, very much things that you've seen before, but probably better laid out and without the weeds.

We decided to treat ourselves to a drink so went to the somewhat grandly named Tea Room. R waited for absolutely ages for a pot of boring tea bag tea, he asked for a latte for me but was told that he could only have an Americano, so I got a strong, rather bitter coffee that didn't taste freshly made, cold milk, no offer of hot. With this we had two cold, bland scones, some decent jam and we waited at the table for the cream for the "Cream Tea". A lovely young man advised us that there was no cream left, none for the next table either, but he kindly brought some butter to the table for us.

We spoke with someone else who had also come for the "Bee" event and she said that she would have been rather annoyed if she'd had to pay the entry fee (usually you have to pay the entry fee to go into the tea rooms) I'm not sure why. We agreed that the Gardens were not inspiring, at best they were OK!
Written September 11, 2022
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jayjo344
Birmingham, UK38 contributions
Glorious explosion of multitudes of plants, grasses, vegetables. Delightful walks. Beautiful house with exhibition of silver and of the original family home. The day being warm enough to sit out, rain holding off for several hours, eating in the open surrounded by vistas, shrubs, lawns, trees, just lovely. Menu in restaurant was varied and reasonable. Drawback was the wait of up to an hour to be served: usually this is within ten minutes or less. Coach parties could perhaps have a pre-set menu, plated up, which would keep everybody comfortable. Staff worked so hard, they couldn't have been more helpful if they'd wanted. It is an oasis so near the City Centre, buses, a train, the main hospital and in the centre of the main Birmingham University campus. Also, for those seeking books of all sorts, three distinct sections with varying prices and offers. A must-see when visiting Birmingham.
Written August 24, 2022
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VEDay
Colchester, UK139 contributions
We visited this on our way home but still parked at the Edgbaston Park Hotel as it is just a few yards away. The gardens were brilliant and the house was good too with a small lift for anyone who wanted to view the upper floors and didn't want to use the stairs. The rooms were laid out as if they were still lived in and there were portraits and pictures around the walls with explanations.
There is also a cafe where you can sit inside or outside to have coffee/tea and cake or even a full meal at lunchtime. Also a
small gift shop with a second-hand book sale at the exit.
It is definitely worth a visit if you have the time to spare.
Written August 30, 2022
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Karen C
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As city centre dwellers with no garden, we are regular visitors to Winterbourne gardens. We love watching the garden changing throughout the year, and in normal times have lunch there every couple of weeks or so at the cafe. There is often an art display to add to the shop and second hand books. It is a calming routine after a busy week. There is generally something to photograph any time of year, but late spring/early summer is just breathtaking, truly a beautiful place. Currently only the garden is open during lockdown...but for us at least it is currently even more enjoyable to visit after so long indoors!

As if this wasn’t enough there are occasional events. Worth keeping an eye on the website for. We had a fantastic extended-family Christmas meal there back in 2019 - a beautifully decorated room just for us.

We went to the garden again today - spring is coming! Snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and more. Cheered me up no end!
Written February 27, 2021
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Ruth57Edinburgh
Edinburgh10 contributions
Friends
Spent over 5 hours enjoying the beautiful gardens today. The staff and volunteers were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and made this a first class experience. The Printing Press was a highlight of our visit and the people who showed us around couldn’t have been more enthusiastic and interesting. The food in the tea room was tasty and very reasonably priced. The Arts and Crafts house was fantastic and it was so good to be able to take our time and look at all the rooms and displays.
Written September 10, 2021
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alex d
Birmingham, UK592 contributions
It is difficult to remember that one is in Birmingham, a very large city, when wandering around Winterbourne Gardens. Even when it is busy it is still peaceful.
A must is a visit to the lake which is at the rear of the gardens and bordering on Edgbaston Golf course.
An amazing variety of trees and plants. Not to be missed.
Written June 3, 2021
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