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Back to Backs

Back to Backs

The restoration of the Back-to-backs by the National Trust has been in partnership with Birmingham Conservation Trust

Step back in time by and visit the last remaining court of Back to Back housing in the Midlands This courtyard of Back to Backs has been carefully restored to reflect four different time periods. back to backs imageVisitors can explore the four houses on a guided tour, visit the 1930s sweet shop for a taste of nostalgia and browse through the interactive exhibition and learn more about the lives of the ordinary people who made Birmingham an extraordinary city.

Events at the Back to Backs

Detailed Information


National Trust
Back to Backs
55-63 Hurst Street
B5 4TE

Booking line: 0121 666 7671
Office: 0121 622 2442

Contact Person(s):
Operations Manager - Emma Pullen    

Senior House Steward - Joshua Lowe        

Membership & Retail Manager  - Jon Print    

Visitor Experience Officer – Isobel Grove     

please note

Admission to the Back to Backs is by guided tour only. As capacity is limited advanced booking is ESSENTIAL. There are several sets of steep winding stairs throughout the course of the tour. Limited Access Tours are available for visitors who feel they are unable to manage the stairs. For information on limited access tours and access issues please contact the booking line.


  •           Gift Aid      Standard
  • Adult     £10.45    £9.50
  • Child     £5.78   £5.25
  • Family  £23.65   £21.50
  • Group Adult   n/a   £9.00
  • Minimum group size 10
  • Group Child   n/a   £5.20
  • Minimum group size 10
  • National Trust members FREE.
  • Children under 5 FREE.

Opening Hours

  • Closed Monday’s (unless bank holiday Monday)
  • Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday (during term time):
  • 1pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday (non term time):
  • 10am - 5pm.
  • Friday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
  • Open Bank Holidays Monday and closed the Tuesday after


  • Small Shop.
  • W.C.


  • Guided tours - pre-booking ESSENTIAL.
  • Events
  • Volunteering Opportunities

Disabled Visitors

  • Disabled access
  • Braille guides
  • Induction loops

How to get there:

  • The Back to Backs are located in the centre of Birmingham, next to the Hippodrome Theatre, within easy walking distance of the bus station.
  • Train: Nearest station is Birmingham New Street.
  • Bus: nos. 65, 104, 7, 11, 653 from city centre.


  • Cars:The Bull Ring car parks and Arcadian car park are a five-minute walk away from the Back to Backs.
  • Coaches:

Average Length of Visit


Other heritage attractions nearby:

Other National Trust properties nearby:

  • Clent Hills:

  • Stunning countryside haven in the heart of the Midlands with beautiful panoramic views to the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders. Facilities include fantastic café serving the best bacon butties around!