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Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
Birmingham Back to Backs stands as the only surviving court of back-to-back houses in Birmingham. The style was popular in the city in the 19th century before most of the buildings were demolished through the 20th century. Today, take a guided tour through the courtyards and interiors of the preserved brick back-to-backs. Interiors feature furnishings from over a century ago and the sweet shop looks just like it did in the 1930s. Browse the shops for Birmingham-themed and nostalgia products and sit in on a workshop on how to make your own rag rug. You can only visit this site by guided tour, which you should book online beforehand. Our Birmingham trip itinerary planner makes visiting Birmingham Back to Backs and other Birmingham attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Brilliant and utterly fascinating. Great, friendly staff full of knowledge. However it is quite a small property, so if you’re not a fan of tight spaces you might want to think carefully about enterin...  read more »
  • We felt immensely privileged to go on this incredible tour in a group which contained people who remember when living this way was real, not just preserved for history. This is relatively recent Briti...  read more »
  • Visited this excellent place whilst in Birmingham for short break. The experience was massively enhanced by our guide Wayne who regaled countless stories of the times and encouraged group participatio...  read more »
  • This is not your usual NT attraction. For once it’s mainly about ordinary people and their life experiences from the mid 1800’s through to the 20th century. The tours are personalised through individual NT guides who know their stuff. They bring to life the struggles of working people and their families. The back-to-back experience also brings to life the wider social and economic history and development of the City. This is two hours of anybody’s life well spent!
  • Fabulous! Loved it. Very interesting and informative tour, made very entertaining and fascinating by our guide Geoff. Many thanks
  • Interesting historic corner. Our guide was great, pointing out little details while giving a good overview of the history of the Back to Backs all the way through to the present day. The experience was even better when some of the people on the tour said that they used to live in back to backs and gave their own stories to supplement the tour. Beware if you aren't very good with stairs as you'll be up and down quite a few flights during the tour.
  • Great Place to visit good friendly local knowledgeable Guides
  • If you like history, this is a must-go. Housing for the working class from around 1800 to ca. 1970.
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