Bournville Walking Tour
Explore the rich history of George Cadbury’s garden village of Bournville with Gillian Ellis, Heritage Manager of Bournville Village Trust. Following the building of the Cadbury factory in 1879 in Bournville, George Cadbury set about creating a flourishing community. George was a philanthropist who cared deeply about the working and living conditions of his employees and the people of Birmingham and acted to make improvements wherever he could.
Work on the first homes in Bournville started in 1895 and you will be able to see the care and attention that was taken with the arts and crafts inspired architecture and generous green spaces. Much of the tour will take in the collection of community buildings around the village green; from the ancient Selly Manor which was moved and rebuilt to the beautifully distinctive Rest House which is the focal point of the village. You will see the unusually ornate Quaker Meeting House, traditional shops and hear the bells of the Carillon.
After the tour please take time to view the collection of over 400 archival photographs of Bournville in the Sweet Life of Bournville Exhibition, curated by the Bournville Society. You will also be able to explore two of Birmingham’s oldest buildings – Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves. Admission to all of these is included in the cost of the tour
Date & Time
Thurs 10 Sept and Fri 11 Sept | 2pm – 3.30pm
Walk starts at Selly Manor Museum Maple Road, Bournville, B30 2AE
Booking required, please call Selly Manor Museum on – 0121 472 0199
The tour requires walking for over an hour and we recommend comfortable shoes. Please keep an eye on the weather forecast as the tour will take place regardless of weather as long as it remains safe for staff and visitors. Where there are steps on the tour, there are also level alternatives. If you wish to visit Selly Manor Museum afterward the tour, please note that the site has steep stairs and uneven floors. You will find detailed information about accessibility of the site on our Your Visit page of our website. If you would like to know more or discuss accessibility then please call the Selly Manor Museum team on 0121 472 0199.
Covid-19; The safety of our staff and visitors is very important to us. We will ensure measures are taken to keep you safe at this event. The tour will take place outdoors and adhere to strict social distancing. Hand washing and sanitiser stations will be available for use at Selly Manor Museum both before and after the tour.