Selly Manor Museum is delighted to now be open and we offer a warm welcome to our visitors. The experience will be a little different from usual and we want to reassure you that we have taken measures to ensure the museum is clean and safe to visit. We also would like you to know what you can expect when you visit.
The above booking link will allow you to book tickets up to and including Friday 2nd October. During this period we will be open Tuesday - Friday. We are now closed at weekends.
Pre-booking is strongly recommended. We will only accept visitors without a pre-booking if there are time slots available and this cannot be guaranteed. Please read this page to ensure you fully understand our procedures for visiting and to help keep everyone safe.
You can also find out more by watching our Welcome Back to Selly Manor film below. Please note that we have now moved our ticket desk indoors due to the weather, and that our current exhibition in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves is The Sweet Life of Bournville (which has now been extended to 2nd October with some dates excluded) featuring over 400 archival images of George Cadbury's garden village.
We promise to help keep you safe and have introduced the following measures:
- One way systems throughout the site
- Providing a warm welcome at a distance
- Restricting visitor numbers
- Providing hand sanitiser stations
- Additional cleaning
Opening and How to Book
Booking is currently available to visit up to and including Friday 2nd October.
All visitors (including those entitled to free entry) must book online in advance. Our admission prices are:
|Children (aged 4 - 16)||£2|
|Children aged 3 and under||FREE|
|Bournville Village Trust Residents
(proof of address required)
Each time slot will be separated by 15 minutes to allow for social distancing. We will not mix those time slots, so if you book a time there will be no other visitors arriving at that time. You will be able to book for a maximum of 6 people for your time slot.
You MUST arrive within 5 minutes of your stated time or your ticket will be invalid and we may refuse entry.
What to Expect
When you arrive you will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our ticket desk is stationed in the medieval hall of Minworth Greaves where we have a screen to aid social distancing.
Also in Minworth Greaves is a special exhibition for Birmingham Heritage Week called The Sweet Life of Bournville, featuring over 400 archival images of George Cadbury's garden village.
You will also be able to visit the manor itself with its homely warm feel. See the house brought to life with the beautiful Laurence Cadbury Collection of early furniture and domestic objects. You can talk to our friendly staff or explore in your own time.
For children and families we will have a Family Trail available so you can discover even more. You can also take part in our Time Travellers Challenge and find the secret of the lost jewel as you explore the garden. Talking of which, the stunning period garden is in full bloom at the moment, and we're sure you'll enjoy a stroll around it when you visit.
Normally we have a range of dressing up, armour to try on and games to play. At present these things will not be available but we hope to re-introduce them again in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will you keep me safe?
We have introduced timed ticketing to ensure social distancing. Time slots will only be released to one group at a time. There is a one way system throughout the site and social distancing markers. These are all designed to keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe.
There is a regular cleaning regime throughout the day. Hand sanitiser stations will be provided at entrances to the buildings. We have removed our hands-on exhibits.
Do I need to wear a face covering?
In line with government guidelines for museums, from 8th August face coverings will be compulsory in our indoor areas.
Do I need to book in advance?
To comply with government guidelines and social distancing it is strongly advised that you book online in advance.
How do I book?
Just go to our booking page (the link is at the top of this page), select a time slot for your group and complete the transaction. Please book for everyone in the party, even if they are free. This is so we can monitor numbers on site.
I am bringing a child under 4 - do they need a ticket?
Yes, so we can manage visitor numbers and ensure social distancing please book a free ticket for children aged 3 and under.
Do I need to print a ticket?
You don't need to print anything off - just show us your booking on your mobile phone or tablet when you arrive (please be aware the connection at Selly Manor is not good and we recommend you save the booking confirmation to your device). Or, provide us with your booking number and surname.
I am a Bournville Village Trust Resident - do I need to book?
Yes, please book online and select 'Local Resident' for a free ticket, and bring along proof of address or a Selly Manor Residents Pass to gain your free entry. We will accept a bill, bank statement, official document or driving license.
Do I need to provide contact details?
Under government guidance museums are obliged to comply with the Test and Trace system. Contact details of the person who books tickets for your group will be taken at the time of booking. These contact details will only be provided to the government's Test and Trace system if requested and will be used for no other purpose. Data will be retained in accordance with GDPR.
Can I cancel my booking?
We regret we are unable to provide refunds and bookings are non-transferable.
Are there toilets?
Our toilets will be open. There will be restricted access to ensure social distancing, with only 1 male, 1 female and 1 accessible toilet available. We also have a thorough and regular cleaning regime throughout the day.
I have accessibility requirements - should I visit?
Please be aware that the buildings have steep stairs, uneven floors and restricted lighting. If you would like to know more about the museum's accessibility please see our guide on the Your visit page or contact us to discuss your needs on 0121 472 0199 or by completing the contact form at the bottom of this page - our team will be more than happy to help.
How long will a visit take?
If you visit the exhibition, manor house, garden and take part in our trails then we would suggest it would take at least an hour.
What times are you open?
We are open Tuesday - Friday, and closed at weekends. We open at 10am and release ticket time slots at 15 minute intervals. We close between 12.30pm and 1.30pm for lunch and to clean the site. Our last ticket time slot arrival is 3.45pm and we close the site to all visitors at 5pm.
Is there a cafe?
We do not have a cafe on site. Close to Selly Manor Museum there are a number of options for Eating & drinking - we recommend you check opening times and services in advance.
Can I bring a picnic?
You are welcome to bring a picnic and if there is space you can sit in our garden as we have plenty of benches. If the garden becomes busy we may ask you to take your picnic across the road to the lovely Bournville village green where there is lots of space and seating. We will also ask you to take your rubbish home with you.
Is there anything for children to do?
We have a Family Trail when you visit the manor house and a special Time Travellers Challenge in the garden too - can you solve the mystery of the lost jewel? Plus most children love to find the Tudor loo, see the Priest Hole and explore the manor.
Is there a gift shop?
We have a small gift shop selling souvenirs. We ask that all transactions are made with contactless payment.