Head to the Birmingham Back to Backs – also known as Court 15 – for an evocative glimpse into what life was like for the working classes of the 19th century and much of the 20th century. Built back-to-back, quickly and cheaply, the memories of Court 15 reflect a rich and diverse heritage. Feel transported back in time as you wander between the narrow alleyways of these closely packed houses. Imagine a time where residents would pass through these narrow passageways as they went about their daily lives – whether it was to access the toilets or do their laundry. Delve into four periods of occupation as you learn the story of its inhabitants through their own eyes, words and furnishings.
Discover Wightwick Manor and Gardens, a beautiful Victorian manor house and the perfect day out. Wander the orchards or stop for a picnic in the gardens. In the springtime, smell the honey-scented blossom, take shade under the branches in the summer and marvel at the array of colours in the autumn. Admire over 52 varieties of apples in the orchard or wander the surrounding woodlands as you catch glimpses of the stately house through the tree branches.
Visit Sutton Park, a 2,400-acre National Nature Reserve and one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Delivering a sense of wilderness within an urban environment, enjoy the captivating scenery as you take a break from the city. Wander through encompassing woodlands as you listen out for the local wildlife. Follow a network of paths through the park’s heathlands, wetlands and marshes. Set up camp by one of the park’s seven beautiful lakes and watch as the local waterfowl come to nest. Watch quietly, awestruck, as wild horses and cattle graze nearby, or take in a rich variety of other plants and wildlife – some rarely seen in the region.