Overview

Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden. Nestled in a surprisingly quiet corner of the city on the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus.

Offering colour and interest throughout the year the Grade II listed garden is home to a beautiful walled garden, striking colour themed borders, glasshouses, original sandstone rock garden and stream side planting.

The botanic garden also displays plants from around the globe with collections from China, North and South America and the alpine areas of the world. A Nut Walk, Japanese Tea House and Bridge, Lychgate and Pergola are additional features.

In the house, delve into the rich history of Winterbourne, built for the prestigious Nettlefold family in 1903. There are two floors of exhibition rooms highlighting the lives of the Nettlefold family and the importance of Winterbourne within the community.


Today
Today’s opening hours

13 January to 23 December, daily, 10.30am to 4pm (5.30pm March to October).

Last entry 45 mins before close.

Opening
Opening

2020

13 January to 23 December, daily, 10.30am to 4pm (5.30pm March to October).

Last entry 45 mins before close.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///aside.vast.limes What does this mean?

Winterbourne is situated just off the A38, 2 miles south west of Birmingham city centre.

The university train station on the cross city line is the nearest station and there are several local bus services. Please check National Express west midlands. 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Parking is free of charge.

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members members visit for free. 

Adults: £6 (£7 with gift aid) 
Concessions: £5 (£6 with gift aid) 
Under 5: Free 

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Winterbourne is in the grounds of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus, which has several corporate event spaces. 

 

Our Offer

  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Refreshments
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Today
Today’s opening hours

13 January to 23 December, daily, 10.30am to 4pm (5.30pm March to October).

Last entry 45 mins before close.

Opening
Opening

2020

13 January to 23 December, daily, 10.30am to 4pm (5.30pm March to October).

Last entry 45 mins before close.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///aside.vast.limes What does this mean?

Winterbourne is situated just off the A38, 2 miles south west of Birmingham city centre.

The university train station on the cross city line is the nearest station and there are several local bus services. Please check National Express west midlands. 

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Parking is free of charge.

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members members visit for free. 

Adults: £6 (£7 with gift aid) 
Concessions: £5 (£6 with gift aid) 
Under 5: Free 

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome

Other opening

Tea room

Winterbourne’s Terrace Tea Room is not to be missed and is open to visitors to the house and garden daily. With picturesque views over the garden and a hearty menu of soups, sandwiches, daily hot specials and the quintessentially English afternoon tea (not always easy to find in the West Midlands), there is plenty to tempt you all year round. View the afternoon tea menu.

Serving tea, cakes and other refreshments throughout the day, meals and hot snacks are available from 12-3pm. Highchairs and child-friendly meals are also available; just ask when placing your order at the counter.


School Visits

We welcome primary school groups and provide the option for self-led visits if preferred. 


Winterbourne House & Garden's history and features

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.

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

Originally designed as a small country estate with rustic outbuildings and large gardens, Winterbourne followed the style of the Arts and Crafts movement with examples of local craftsmanship throughout the house.

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.


Things to See

Fun Facts

Margaret Nettlefold who built this house with her husband, was Neville Chamberlain's cousin.

Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden in Birmingham. The garden was lovingly created by the homeowners, Margaret and John Nettlefold, using the books of Gertrude Jekyll as guides and inspiration.

Sitting in the glasshouse at Wiinterbourne House and Garden.