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St Mary's Convent

St Mary's convent HandsworthHardmans stained glass window depicting mission work of the sisters

St Mary’s is an architectural gem by Augustus Welby Pugin in the heart of Handsworth, dating to 1841.  St Mary’s is a Grade II listed building with restored interiors, ornate carvings, heritage trail and exhibition.  The Convent has a strong connection to the famous Hardman family of Hardman & Co, stained glass manufacturers, and also to Bishop Walsh and the Earl of Shrewsbury.

 

Picture - Stained Glass (by Hardmans) in the Catherine McAuley Oratory in the Chapel, which depicts an aspect of the mission work of the Sisters.


Detailed Information

Contacts:

Address:

St Mary’s Convent
98 Hunters Road
Handsworth
Birmingham

B19 1EB

Tel: 0121 554 3271

Contact Person(s): Jenny Smith


Convent Website


Admission

  • Admission is free but donations towards St Mary’s Convent Charity are gratefully received.

Opening Hours

  • Guided tours on one Wednesday and one Saturday per month, 2 - 4pm.  Tours are by appointment (see scheduled tours section of the Convent website).
     
    Visits and tours can sometimes be arranged at other times by appointment.

Facilities

Exhibition trail
Chapel space for meetings and worship
Lawns and grounds
Conference space for meetings and retreats
Residential accommodation with catering
Toilets

Services

Exhibition trail
Guided tours followed by tea and a chance to meet the Sisters.
Heritage material for education programmes
Arrangement of retreats

Disabled Visitors

Partial Wheelchair access
Lift to all floors

How to get there:

    Car: From City Centre follow A41 up constitution Hill to Hockley Circus roundabout.  Take 3rd exit and continue up Hunters Road and Convent is on right hand side.

     

    Train:  Birmingham New Street or Snow Hill Station.  Either catch a bus from The Priory Queensway or take a taxi.
     
    Bus:  From the city centre catch No. 16, 74 or 75 from The Priory Queensway to Hockley Circus roundabout and walk up the hill.

     

Parking

  • Secure car park

Average Length of Visit

  • 1.5 – 2 hours