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Winterbourne House and Gardens in Birmingham

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There are plenty of activities available all year round for children so no need to worry about what to do in the school holidays. With attractions ranging from  spooky Halloween trails to a summer Family Themed day you’ll find something to keep both older children and toddlers entertained.

Facilities and Activities

  • Under 5s visit for free
  • Family memberships available
  • Children’s garden with willow tunnel and picnic tables
  • Highchairs and children’s food options in the tea room
  • Pushchair access to the house and garden
  • Baby carriers available to borrow
  • Baby change units
  • Breastfeeding friendly across the site, but staff will try to make a private space available should you need it
  • All year round children’s activity trails
  • Interactive exhibits bring history to life

Due to the likelihood of balls going astray or damaging plants or flowers, we ask you very kindly to leave sport equipment in the car, and the same applies for tricycles or scooters. Well behaved teddy bears are welcome if accompanied by their owner, but pets do have to stay at home!

John Nettlefold and his wife had already lived in two homes as man and wife before they commissioned J L Ball to design Winterbourne. It was to be their most beloved family home, but also the final place they would share together. When the family sold up in 1919, it was to move nearer to John’s hospital where he spent his final years.


It was designed to be ‘cutting-edge’ with all the modern conveniences of electric lighting, hot running water and a telephone line. Rooms were light and airy, with views over the garden. The Arts and Crafts inspired design employed local materials and craftspeople to provide an enduring feel of quality. The children recall happy memories of exploring the acres of garden, meadows and pasture, and plays performed in the billiard room at Christmas time.

Visitors to the house today can learn about the Nettlefold’s history and the families that came after them. Interactive exhibits bring the history of the house to life for children, and whilst little is known of how the interior would have looked during the Nettlefold’s tenure, rooms have been sympathetically recreated with beautiful William Morris print wallpapers and period furnishings to evoke the Edwardian era.

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