The Art & Craft of Birmingham & the Heart of England

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Compton Verney

Board our private executive coach at your preferred pick up points – stop at a convenient property en route such as Compton Verney art gallery, a Grade 1 listed Robert Adam mansion with an outstanding collection of British, Neapolitan, Germanic and Chinese paintings – continue to the 4* Marriott Hotel in Birmingham.

Day 2 – Barber Institute of Fine Arts & Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Guided tour of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts introduces us to a fine selection of works by artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Rubens, Rodin, and van Dyck – Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, established to both rival and link with the V&A in London, holds not only an important and complete collection of Pre- Raphaelite Art with particular emphasis being given to the work of Edward Burne-Jones who was born in the city, but also the Staffordshire Hoard with artefacts from every century and country.

Day 3 – Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Broadfield House Glass Museum & Harvington Hall

Guided tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter explores the history of Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage – Broadfield House Glass Museum is home to a fine collection dating from the 17th century to the present day, with particular focus on the famous Stourbridge glass industry – Harvington Hall, a moated, medieval and Elizabethan manor house where many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall paintings, contains the finest series of priest hides in the country.

Day 4 – Soho House & Aston Hall

Fashionable Georgian Soho House, the elegant home of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809 and once a regular meeting place for some of the greatest minds of the 18th century, features period room interiors with fine collections of ormolu, silver, furniture and paintings – Aston Hall, one of Birmingham’s most treasured buildings, boasts sumptuous interiors from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including the magnificent Long Gallery and a guided tour explores the role the Hall and its residents played in key moments in history, including the English Civil War.

Day 5 – Ragley Hall

Stop at a convenient property en route home such as Ragley Hall which was designed by Robert Hooke in 1680 and is one of England’s earliest Palladian houses and now the family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide Days 2 to 4

Executive coach throughout

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Compton Verney

Barber Institute of Fine Arts - guided tour

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter - guided tour

Broadfield House Glass Museum

Harvington Hall

Soho House

Aston Hall - guided tour

Ragley Hall


Four nights on half board basis at the 4* Marriott Hotel in Birmingham. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • Arbury Hall - the seat of the Newdegate family for over 450 years was gothicised by Sir Roger Newdegate in the 18th century and is now regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country
  • Charlecote Park - home to the Lucy family for over 900 years, the present house was built in the 1550s and has a fascinating history which includes a royal visit from Queen Elizabeth I
  • St Paul’s Square - built as part of Georgian town planning, the church that stands in the centre, known as the jewellers’ church, has box pews that were ‘sold’ to pay for the building of the church with both Matthew Boulton and his business partner, James Watt, being original purchasers


Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Art & Craft of Birmingham & the Heart of England

Date of tour: May 2017

I would like to thank you and your staff for all your help and support for me as a novice tour leader for our NADFAS group. I much appreciated your prompt action over the menus at Jury's Inn. Our tour was highly successful with a good mix of stimulating visits in an area previously unvisited by many of us, led by brilliant guides.

VM, Woodbridge

Date of tour: May 2016

Back home again! The Birmingham trip was a great success! Excellent driver, good hotel, etc. Someone emailed me that she couldn’t believe how much we had seen and done in such a short time! Thank you very much for all your help, especially on the first day, and the wine was much appreciated by all! All the best

VM, East Grinstead

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* hotel
  • with less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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