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Birmingham Back to Backs

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Fascinating piece of Brum history

We booked on a Candlelit Tour of the Back to Backs on Friday evening, not sure what to expect. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Birmingham, United Kingdom
A slice of old Birmingham, surrounded by the 21st century!

We visited on the 23rd of February, we hadn't been since it first opened so thought we'd go back... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday

We booked on a Candlelit Tour of the Back to Backs on Friday evening, not sure what to expect. We had a brilliant time and learnt so much about Birmingham's social history. The tour was led by Geoff (with a "G") and he really made...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Educational without being boring.Only criticism is I have been told by inhabitants of these sorts of house,is,it's too clean and pretty.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank millysabell
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited on the 23rd of February, we hadn't been since it first opened so thought we'd go back. It's refreshing to experience "common peoples" history and not always the extravagant grandeur of the great houses the NT is famous for. Walking through the Backs...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jamie241193
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the back to backs this afternoon. Jeff our guide was excellent. He certainly knew his stuff. A fascinating insight on how people used to live. When the tour finished it made me realise just how lucky we are to live in this day...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank 657irened
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bang in the centre of Birmingham, a little piece of real social history. A real gem. The last remaining back to back courtyard in Birmingham, beautifully restored and showing how real people had to live in the 1830’s, 1870’s and 1930’s. Great piece of history....More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank JohnS1049747
Reviewed 2 days ago

The tour took over an hour and was led by a very informative guide - Dave? - who had actually been brought up in a back to back and so was able to give good insight into the reality of living in them. The houses...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting museum especially as I had a relative who lived nearby. They provide a separate accessible tour which features a film for those who can’t access the stairs. I found it fascinating and such a good way of showing the history of the area

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Suzie B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a fantastic visit here on Saturday - what a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in the industrial inner city...and some not that long ago. Our guide Teresa was exceptional - she brought the stories of the houses to life in a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank loulouandgeorge
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our second time seeing the Back to backs, went with someone who hadn’t been here previously and she found it I teresti g and extremely well done. It’s no wonder people’s lifespans were so short during the industrial revolution, what an eye opener. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Adam R
Reviewed 4 days ago

This shows you how people lived not that long ago, most people don't remember back to back houses, as most were knocked down in the late 60's but I lived in one till 1972, the history of Birmingham is important, I'm so glad this little...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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5 November 2018|
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Response from NTBacktoBacks | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for your enquiry. For the morning slot our first tour is usually 10:15. On a Sunday it is generally 10:30. Please let us know if you have any further questions
13 September 2018|
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Response from platpeeps | Reviewed this property |
I reckon it lasts for about 90 minutes. But you must book before you go.
19 June 2018|
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Response from Jt1945 | Reviewed this property |
I agree that it would probably not be suitable. Steep stair and narrow stairs would nee very difficult.