+ Birmingham Museums Trust
Aston Hall (map). Restored Jacobean mansion built between 1618 and 1635, containing period rooms and artwork. Cannon damage from the English Civil War is still visible. The Hall was visited by Arthur Conan Doyle and Washington Irving, inspiring the latter’s ‘Bracebridge Hall’.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (map). Large museum with some local history, several temporary exhibitions and large permanent collection including an extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Home to part of the stunning Anglo-Saxon hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold metal work discovered in the UK in 2009.
Sarehole Mill (map). Built in 1765, Sarehole Mill is a fine example of one of more than fifty water mills that existed in Birmingham at one time. Matthew Boulton used the Mill for making buttons and for metal rolling until he moved his operations to Soho in 1761.
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (map). Independent art gallery; frequent temporary exhibitions and works for sale.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (map). Jewellery workshop abandoned in working condition, later reopened as a museum. Visits are by tour, lasting approximately one hour. Worth seeing, especially in the context of the wider, still working commercial Jewellery Quarter.
Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s Cathedral, map). Church of England cathedral, built between 1709 and 1715 and the centre of the Diocese of Birmingham. Grade 1 listed building in the UK, designed as a parish church in the Baroque style. Contains four spectacular pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows.
St Martin in the Bull Ring (map). Martin is the parish church of Birmingham, or “The Cathedral of the Bull Ring”, as some would say. The first church was probably Norman, but was rebuilt in the 13th century.