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Birmingham Back to Backs

55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street Birmingham B5 4TE 0121 666 7671

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These back-to-back houses offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the working-class people who helped Birmingham become the manufacturing powerhouse it was during the 19th century. With outdoor toilets and communal courtyards, a quarter of Birmingham’s industrious working families lived like this until the 1960s, when ‘back-to-back’ became a byword for ‘slum’. Most of the houses were demolished and with the clearance went part of the city's history. This small stretch of two-storey terraced housing is the sole survivor, now lovingly restored by the National Trust and offering a decent glimpse of how life used to be for most people in the city. Pre-booked guided tours walk you through the centuries, enabling visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a time when these houses were crammed with families – an affecting rendering of the past that also extends to a handful of shops.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Timed tours only. Really informative. ★★★★★

The tour takes 1 ½ hours and allow a further 30 minutes for the small museum. If you are not usually a fan of The National Trust then don’t let this put you off as it is nothing like their stately homes. The tour was fascinating and I really got a feel for the history of Birmingham through the Back to Backs. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. I went on a Saturday morning. I hadn't pre booked but only had a 20min wait to go on the tour. I was able to leave my rucksack at the ticket desk (no extra cost). Just one further note which is I did struggle to find the Back to Backs at first. I couldn’t see any signs and couldn’t make sense of the map in my Guide Book. Probably just me but my advice would be to allow plenty of time if you pre book a tour especially as tours seemed to leave promptly.

Birmingham Back to Backs reviewed by on February 9th, 2014

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Adults £6.30, children £3.20, family £14.80


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  • Tours Available
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Tues–Sun 10am–5pm, open bank holiday Mondays (but closed next day)

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