St Mary’s Convent of Mercy

Built in 1841, St Mary’s convent is a little-known architectural gem by Augustus Welby Pugin. The Sisters are offering tours of the convent throughout the day.

St Mary’s convent is an interesting example of Pugin’s Convent architecture. The convent also has strong historical connections with the Hardman family of Hardman & Co. stained glass fame. Come and be guided around the convent, see the restored interiors and many of the original features. Learn about the story of the Sisters of Mercy through our exhibition trail of archives and artefacts. Discover more about the nursing role of the Sisters in the Crimean War, about the Sisters as teachers, and gain an insight into Catholic Religious life from the 1830s-2000s. Discover the beautiful chapel and the bedroom of our foundress, the Venerable Catherine McAuley. There will also be a chance to meet some of the Sisters.

Maximum of 12 people per tour. Tours last about 45 minutes.

Date & Time

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 Sept  |  10am – 4pm


St. Marys Convent, 98 Hunters Road, Birmingham, B19 1EB




Booking not required


Lift to all floors, but one room is missing a ramp and will be inaccessible to wheelchairs. Part of the tour is in a stepped cloister which can only be partially accessed by wheelchairs.

Mercy Handsworth  /  Sisters of Mercy 

Exhibition  /  Free  /  Tour