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Birmingham Back to Backs

Birmingham Back to Backs Review

Of the 20,000 courts of back-to-back houses (constructed around a courtyard and thus backing onto each other) built in the 19th century for the city's expanding working-class population, this is the only survivor. Three houses tell the stories of families, headed by a watchmaker, a locksmith, and a glassworker, who lived here between the 1840s and the 1930s. A few houses are available for overnight stays. Admission is by timed ticket, booked in advance; allow one hour for the tour and be prepared for steep stairs.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 55–63 Hurst St., City Centre, Birmingham, B5 4TE | Map It
  • Phone: 0121/666–7671
  • Cost: £7 (booking essential)
  • Hours: Feb.–mid-July and Sept.–mid-Dec., Fri.–Sun. 10–5, Tues.–Thurs. 1–5; mid.-July–Aug., Tues.–Sun., 10–5. Also public holidays 10–5 (but closed next day)
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  • Location: Birmingham
Updated: 06-12-2013

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