Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Birmingham, West Midlands

Discover the 18th century’s greatest minds, admire baroque architecture and gaze at the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art.

Immerse yourself in Birmingham’s history at Soho House, once home to Birmingham’s greatest industrialist and entrepreneur, Matthew Boulton. This grand Georgian house was once home to The Lunar Society, a group of 18th century industrialists, philosophers and intellectuals who met to discuss arts, science and theology. Between them they initiated the Industrial Revolution.

Discover the city’s striking St Phillip's Cathedral. Take a guided tour of this remarkable piece of English baroque architecture in the heart of the city’s cosmopolitan business district. 

Or, step back in time and visit the Birmingham Back to Backs, a beautifully restored 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses, showing what life was like from the 1840s-1970s. Then move on to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, home to the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art, and the recently opened Staffordshire Hoard exhibition, a captivating display showcasing the famous Anglo-Saxon treasures.

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