Selly Manor
Selly Manor
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArchitectural BuildingsHistory Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Selly Manor is a beautiful Tudor manor in the heart of historic Bournville. Alongside the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves, together these are two of Birmingham's oldest buildings and are surrounded by a lovely cottage garden. The museum is home to the Laurence Cadbury Collection of period furniture and domestic objects which bring these timber-framed buildings to life. The museum offers a range of exhibitions, talks and tours, special events, children's activities and is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. Please check our website for our current opening hours as these change throughout the year.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Steve P
Southampton, UK781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We absolutely loved this place. We came during Easter week, so there was the most delightful and original egg hunt in the garden, with some very inventive eggs. Then we entered the 500 year old medieval hall, which had been moved to Bournville by George Cadbury, and filled with interesting furniture by his son. There is a good trail to follow, though a couple of the questions were difficult to answer, particularly the one concerning the number of people in the tapestry - we strongly suspect there are not that many people in the tapestry, and the writer of the quiz made a mistake. But it all added to the quirky charm of the place.
For us, it was the very best thing in Bournville - better than Cadbury World. Thoroughly delightful, completely engaging and fascinating, and educational. Yet for most of the time, we were the only ones there.
Written May 30, 2022
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dudley82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Brilliant small museum. Not far from city centre but like stepping back 400 years in time. Lots of snippets of interesting information in guide books provided in every room.Great for kids and adults. Small cottage garden with a butterfly trail for the little ones. Photographic display of the Bournville estate in the ticket office. A stroll round Bournville is well worth doing. Admire the beautiful buildings and treat yourself to a hot sandwich from the bakery. Free street parking in Bournville - always a bonus👍 Advance bookings only at the moment but weekdays appear to be very quiet
Written May 23, 2021
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Thank you for leaving a review and your lovely comments! We hope to see you again!
Written June 10, 2021
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Angela A
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
An interesting and educational place to visit. Very interactive for children with an active trail quiz to follow resulting in a small prize at the end. Very good value for money with welcoming and friendly staff. Interactive games and dressing up was on offer. Different activities were available in each room. Very clear information about the house which always maintained interest.
Definitely worth a visit. We will visit again.
Written February 18, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. It's great to hear you had a great time and we hope you'll visit us again in the future.
Written February 19, 2020
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Trelawney of the Wells
Great Malvern, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
There doesn't seem to be an entry for the walking tours of Bournville, so I will post it here as they are based at the Manor. The tour was excellent - highly informative, entertaining, positive about George Cadbury and his 'good works', but never sycophantic. We learnt an awful lot and will return to ascend the carillon some time.
Written September 15, 2023
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GRAHAMMMCFARLANE
Bedford, UK612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
The whole Bournville experience is fascinating but a visit to Selly Manor is a must if you have an interest in the past.
Written December 24, 2014
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Thank you so much your comments. Its great to see you enjoyed your visit, you're more than welcome to pop back and pick up a Bournville Village Trail from us- this will take you around the museum picking out key buildings and explaining their history.
Written June 8, 2017
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Alison186402
Birmingham, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
This is well worth a visit. Its does not get too crowded and is really interesting. Also the admission fee is really reasonable unlike some places that charge the earth to see very little. If you are lucky enough to go on a sunny day the gardens are lovely to sit in. Also there is parking on the road
maybe a bit limited but at least there is not a charge for this.
Written July 30, 2013
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Thank you for your comments. We're glad you enjoyed your time at the museum and found the admission cost fair.
Written June 19, 2017
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Gill Kitsonitson
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is a v interesting place to visit and as it's not a large house for children it would keep their interest and they wouldn't get bored.
Written December 28, 2019
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Thanks for your review. We hope you enjoyed your visit and that you'll visit us again soon.
Written January 6, 2020
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DAT2012
Portland, OR41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
This is a great place for interactive learning for small kids. My daughter loved trying on clothes, seeing the garden, the different items in the kitchen for that era and hearing about the priest hole. The adults had fun dressing up too!
Written September 9, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. Its lovely to hear your daughter had such a great time trying on our replica costumes (we love them too). We hold several family events throughout the year and these are all listed on our website. We hope to welcome you back to the museum in the future.
Written September 10, 2019
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travelling_thistle
Leamington Spa, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
We had been to Cadburys World in the morning and I have already seen Selly Manor on the internet as a place to visit afterwards.

It's a pleasant 5 minute walk to get there and is in a lovely location in Bournville village.

The lady who was Manning reception was so friendly and helpful. She gave us a brief history and we then went into the main house.

There as 3 floors all with information guides and things that people can touch and smell.

The highlight for our 5 year old were the dresses on floor 2 that she could try on. For me as a Tudor history fanatic I was buzzing with pride.

The gardens outside are peaceful and quaint.

Overall we had a lovely visit and well done Mr Cadbury for saving the beautiful buildings from demolition.
Written June 19, 2018
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Thank you for your lovely comments. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back to the museum in the future.
Written August 1, 2018
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ScotsExcile
Birmingham, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
Firstly, this is not a National Trust Property so please be aware before visiting with your NT pass and expecting entrance.
The property is small, but perfectly formed. There are numerous things to do within the house including several place for kids and adults to dress up – Try on the amour and chainmail and just imagine attempting to go into battle without having the strength of Eddie Hall. Like the house the gardens are not massive (This isn’t Baddesley Clinton) however there are still many points of interest.
Definitely a nice place to spend a couple of interesting and informative hours.
Written November 20, 2017
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Thanks ScotsExcile for your review. Its great to hear you enjoyed spending time at the museum. We look forward to welcoming you again!
Written November 23, 2017
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