Blakesley Hall

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After painstaking and careful restoration, Blakesley Hall a stunning, Elizabethan yeoman’s house in Yardley, has reopened its doors to the public. Blakesley Hall has under-gone extensive renovations to reinstate the ground floor rooms, as closely as possible, to their original appearance.

One of the few timber framed buildings left in Birmingham, the Hall was built in 1590 for Richard Smalbroke junior, who wanted to reflect his growing prosperity with a new and comfortable home. For example, the Hall contains a ‘long gallery’ of the type normally reserved for much grander houses and decorative wall paintings. Blakesley Hall is a fine example of the homes of the aspiring Tudor middle classes.

In the 1930s, the Hall became a museum and both central heating and toilets were installed altering the layout of the ground floor. Restoration has involved removing these to reinstate the ‘Great’ and ‘Little’ Parlours. In these rooms, the family would dine, separately from their servants, perhaps entertaining guests. They would also read, prepare accounts and write letters here away from the daily bustle of the rest of the household.

The Hall contains period furniture and fittings. The table in the great hall is original to the house. Other pieces come from the collections of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Replica items have also been purchased including items which visitors can handle.

A new visitor centre, containing an exhibition gallery, tea-room and shop, has been built on site. The Barn, where generations of school children have taken lessons, has also been upgraded to create a more comfortable space for teaching or community use.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery

Opening hours

April to October, Tuesday to Sunday 11.00pm - 4.00pm

Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission to the gardens, tearooms and gallery is free.
Admission to the Hall is £7 adults, £5 Concession £3 Children. Family rates available.


  • English Heritage

This venue holds parts of Birmingham Museums and Galleries' Designated Collections of national importance. If you wish to see a particular item, please contact Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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The Battle of The Somme

The Battle of The Somme Screening

  • 13 November 2016 From 12pm

Imperial War Museumss UNESCO listed film screening.

Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film were perceived by the public. In the year of it's release around 20 million people, almost half of the population of Britain at the time, watched the Battle of The Somme.

One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM's collection is being shown at Blakesley Hall to commemorate the anniversary of The Battle of The Somme.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Blakesley Hall
Blakesley Road
West Midlands
B25 8RN




0121 348 8120

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