Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham

Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
58 Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2RT




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0121 414 3003

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Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden. The house was built in 1903 for John and Margaret Nettlefold, of Guest, Keen & Nettlefold. Designed as a small country estate the house boasted rustic outbuildings and large gardens.

Both the house and garden follow the style of the Arts & Crafts movement with examples of local craftsmanship throughout. The house has large airy corridors and south facing rooms designed to make maximum use of the sunlight.

Nettlefold was a pioneer of town planning who carried the ideas seen in his own home to the less wealthy areas of the city.

Margaret Nettlefold designed the garden, inspired by the books and garden designs of Gertrude Jekyll. After a period of restoration the garden was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2008.

John MacDonald Nicolson was the last private owner of the house and a keen gardener. He developed many new areas, including a scree garden and small alpine features around the garden.

Nicolson died in 1944 and bequeathed the house and garden to the University. The garden became the University’s Botanic Garden and new areas for teaching and plant conservation were developed within the historic layout.

The garden today is still used by students but is also open to the public to be enjoyed by everyone.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home, Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre, Industrial heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

April - October 10am - 5.30pm weekdays
11am - 5.30pm weekends
November - March 10am - 4pm weekdays
11am - 4pm weekends

Last admission is an hour before closing.

Closed period: Please check our website.

Admission charges

2013 Prices
Adults £5.50
Concessions £4.50
Children (Under 5) Free

University of Birmingham staff and students get free entry on production of their ID card.

Botanic gardens display collections of plants from all around the world. At Winterbourne there are over 1,700 different plants originating from as far away as Brazil and Japan, many you may recognise.

At home, your gardens, kitchen and medicine cupboards are filled with plants and plant ingredients from all over the world, from the wheat in toast, to the cotton in clothes, perhaps even the place you work is an industry which uses plant ingredients.

At Winterbourne there is a chance to see plants and plant habitats from around the world and to find out about the plant hunters who discovered them. Closer to home, our Botanical Birmingham project highlights and explains those plants in the garden particularly significant to the people of the West Midlands. A walk around Winterbourne really will take you on a journey around the world!

Collection details

Natural Sciences

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Garden Party Weekend

  • 3 — 4 May 2014 11am-5:30pm

This weekend is the last in a season of collaborative events with the Black Country Living Museum. Winterbourne will be hosting a 1930's garden party for what looks to be a great fun weekend. There will be cocktails for sale, live music to listen to, croquet being played and more.
This weekend is paired with a weekend of gardening fun in April as Winterbourne join the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. More details of both weekends can be found on the website.
Please note that last entry to the event is an hour before closing time.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Winterbourne members get free admission. Adult tickets are £6 and concession tickets are £5. There are joint tickets available in advance for both weekends - see the website for details.


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Museums at Night at Winterbourne House and Garden

  • 15 May 2014 6-9pm

Join us for a special evening visit as we open our doors after hours as part of Museums at Night 2014. Entry to the site will be free and we will be putting on a garden tour. We are also hosting a valuation session with Fellows and Sons Auctioneers with valuations costing just £1.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission for the Museums at Night 2014 event.


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Bugs, Bees Plants and Trees

  • 31 May 2014 11am-5pm

The perfect place to enjoy a day of outdoor entertainment. Whether you are looking for inspiration for your garden or a fun day out for all the family.
Looking for some advice or ideas? Local societies and groups will be on hand to offer hints and tips. Not sure if you have a weed or something worth keeping? There will be people on hand to help you decide. Looking for something for that empty spot in your garden? There will be plenty of choice from our plant sale stalls.
This year, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts are getting involved with childrens activitities at the art gallery.
We will be host to some very special guests: prepare to be wowed by birds of prey displays and an animal man will be here between 12 and 4pm with his mobile petting zoo. There will also be a chance to get a chance to get your face painted.
Please note that last entry to the event is an hour before closing.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Last entry is an hour before closing. Tickets for the day will be £6 for adults and £5 for concessions and also include entry to the house and garden. Winterbourne members will have to pay for this special event but can take advantage of the reduced price of £3 for adults and £2 for concessions. Children under 5 are free. A few of the extra activities will carry a small further charge.