The Birmingham Oratory

The Oratory Church is Grade II* listed building which dates mainly from the beginning of the Twentieth Century but with an interior which evokes the Italian Baroque.

It was founded by the famous English Catholic Convert and Writer Cardinal John Henry Newman and was once the home of JRR Tolkien. It remains home to a vibrant and diverse Roman Catholic faith community. 

The church is filled with rich marble interiors and Italian mosaics which were produced by craftsmen in Murano, Italy. It also features an alabaster baptistry by the local designer Dunstan Powell and executed by the Hardmans company. 

The Holy Souls altar in the church and the Victorian cloisters contain memorials to those who died during the Great War. The church is open to visitors throughout the day. 

Light refreshments served in the Lower Cloister Hall from 11am-2pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Saturday.

Date & Time

Thursday 19th to Friday 20th, 9am – 6.30pm – Tours at 11am and 2.15pm 
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd, 2pm – 6.30pm – Tours at 2.15pm and 3.30pm 


The Oratory, 141 Hagley Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 8UE




Booking not required


Disabled access is via the car park which is accessed from the Plough and Harrow Road.


Free  /  Tour