Joseph Chamberlain, industrialist, reformer, Birmingham Mayor and controversial politician, built Highbury in 1880. Highbury symbolises and commemorates the power of a political dynasty, which included his sons, Austen, Foreign Secretary 1924–1929 and Nobel Prize Winner in 1926 and Neville, Prime Minister from 1937–1940. Highbury was their family residence until his death in 1914. Highbury became a Military Hospital. In 1932, the estate was passed to Birmingham City Council. The property was given ‘for the benefit of the people of Birmingham’. In 2016 The Chamberlain Highbury Trust was formed to protect, regenerate, and connect Highbury back to the public.
Set within a 100 acre, bio-diverse, urban park, Highbury's fine Venetian Gothic-style architecture and its rich interior detailing of naturalistic designs, is well worth seeing.
You can explore the house alongside a knowledgeable and thought-provoking tour guide. Then join one of a series of workshops, tutorials and video presentations on a whole range of subjects led by community groups, local artists, civic leaders, historians, and inspiring forward thinkers.
These will all be advertised online - so choose when to come and visit.
Pictured: A Trust event being held in Highbury
4 Yew Tree Road,
Contact person: Lucy Bailey-Wright
Trust Co-Ordinator and Activities Planner
Chamberlain Highbury Trust
The Chamberlain Highbury Trust Website
Main Hall Highbury
Set Open Dates are currently free
Specialist Access and group Tours can be booked at cost
Available for civil wedding ceremonies through Civic Catering trading arm
Special Events and exhibitions throughout the year