Selly Manor Museum consists of two beautiful half-timbered buildings: a medieval hall house and a Tudor yeoman’s house. The buildings are home to a fantastic collection of furniture and objects, which make it possible for visitors to imagine that they have been transported to a time long ago.
Visitors can try on our stunning costumes, get to grips with our replica armour (if they’re feeling strong!), test their skills with our Tudor games and explore the museum with our family friendly hands-on activities.
We extend a warm welcome to all of our visitors and aim to provide a friendly, safe, accessible service to everyone.
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Selly Manor
Travel by public transport
There is an excellent train service from Birmingham New Street to Bournville. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and the journey takes 12 minutes. The train station is approximately 20 minutes walk from Selly Manor Museum.
Street parking is usually available at Selly Manor. It is very unusual not to be able to park on Maple Road where the museum is located. There is also the option of using the overflow car park for the Garden Centre which is behind us which offers level access to the pavement. If using the car park, visitors will need to navigate past a tree which is growing through the section of pavement between the car park and Selly Manor, which restricts access down to 53cm.
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Ticket/ information desk
The ticket desk stands 890mm high and is all the same height. The card machine is accessible and staff will be glad to help with any assistance or information that is needed.
Things to See and Do
Minworth Greaves is a medieval hall, there is not a great deal in this building, other than the building itself, which is a good example of a cruck-framed building. There is an information board that give details about the building's history and the furniture in the room, which can be viewed seated. There are usually staff in this building to welcome you and provide more information.
Toilets at Selly Manor
Selly Manor has two toilets, both of which are unisex and accessible. The toilets are large enough to accommodate a carer and can easily provide sufficient space for forward and side transfers to the toilets. Unfortunately, the horizontal grab rails on both toilet walls are positioned awkwardly, and are too far away to provide useful support. There is a pull down trombone support in each which is positioned correctly. There is no alarm in either toilet. The toilet on the left hand side has baby changing facilities. The toilet block will be replaced towards the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.
Selly Manor Museum shop
There is a small shop in Minworth Greaves, which is opposite the ticket desk and sells mainly pencils, rubbers and other pocket money items.
The main entrance to Selly Manor has four steps. The alternative entrance has level access which is situated around the back of the building.
Getting around outside
There is a brick pathway that leads around the garden which is level and of a good width.
Selly Manor garden
Visitors are very welcome to bring picnics to Selly Manor and enjoy them in the garden. There are several benches, but no picnic tables. The lawned area that visitors most frequently use for picnics is off the pathway, but there are no steps to navigate..
Customer care support
The upper floors of Selly Manor are accessed by steep stairs only. There is touchscreen which is located downstairs which offers 360 degree images of all the rooms which is useful for visitors that are not using the upper floors, together with further information relating to the museum and its history. There is a chair nearby so that visitors can use the screen in comfort. There is also a modern seat in most of the rooms of Selly Manor for visitors to use.
Most of the rooms include hands-on elements. These include costumes and armour to try on, games, a discovery box for younger children, spices to smell, a truckle bed to try out, a medicine chest, children's trail and clipboards and paper.
Information about the house and furniture is provided in books and boards in each room. All of the books and boards are in the same format to make them easily identifiable. They include images and easy to read print.
Tactile tours and audio descriptive tours can be arranged. Please contact us for further details. Assistance dogs are very welcome in both buildings.
During weekdays, there are usually school groups on site until 2:30pm. For visitors who prefer to enjoy the house at quieter times, we suggest visiting after 2:30pm. We always know if there will be a school group visiting as they book in advance, so if you would like to check prior to your visit, please call us and we will be happy to help.
Emergency evacuation procedures
In the event of an emergency evacuation, staff will check both buildings, the garden and the toilet area to make sure that everyone is safely evacuated.
We can provide tactile tours or audio descriptive tours of Selly Manor. These will need to be booked approx. 4 weeks in advance. Our staff will do their very best to accomodate our visitors needs, please just let us know how we can help.