Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham

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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:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

April - October 10.30am - 5.30pm
November - March 10.30am - 4.00pm

Last admission is an hour before closing.

Closed period: Please check our website.

Admission charges

2019 Prices
Adults £7.20
Concessions £6.20
Children (Under 5) Free

Gift Aid tickets are also available if you would like to support Winterbourne with a donation. 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

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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