Tour of St Mary’s Convent of Mercy
St Mary’s is a little-known architectural gem by Augustus Welby Pugin and is an interesting example of Pugin’s Convent architecture. The convent, which still houses a small community of Sisters, 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.
Can we please ask that you contact us to cancel your booking if you can no longer attend. As space is limited it means that we can offer your spot to somebody else.
Refreshments provided after the tour.
Free roadside residential parking available near the Convent.
Car: From City Centre follow A41 up Constitution Hill to Hockley Circus roundabout. Take 3rd exit and continue up Hunters Road and Convent is on the right-hand side.
Train: Birmingham New Street or Snow Hill Station. Either catch a bus from The Priory Queensway or take a taxi.
Bus: From the City Centre catch no.16 to Charleville Road or no. 74 to Richmond Road. Both stops are just after Hockley Circus roundabout.
Organised by The community of the Sisters of Mercy in Handsworth
Date & Time
Fri 15 Sept | 10.30am-12pm & 2pm-3.30pm
Sat 16 Sept | 10.30am-12pm
St Mary’s Convent, 98 Hunters Road, Handsworth, B19 1EB
To book by phone, contact the convent on 0121 554 3271 or email
AccessThere is a lift to all floors, but one room does not have 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.