I’m not sure that it makes sense to call Winterbourne House and Garden a hidden gem when it’s ranked at number 7 on Tripadvisor for things to do in Birmingham. However, lots of people still don’t about this historic Edwardian house and it’s beautiful and tranquil garden in Edgbaston close to King Edward High School for Girls.

butterfly on flower

The 7-acre garden is full of beautiful features and home to thousands of different plants. I loved these pretty archways.

garden archway with flowers

This is a nice quiet hidden corner at the side of the house. Blooming Marvellous.

trio of large plant displays

The cactus house has an incredible number of different species and is one of the highlights of this Grade II listed botanic garden.

The cactus house was completely ‘deserted’.

cactus house

Towards the bottom of the garden is a really fun rockery and a path to explore. This is where I got that nice photo of the butterfly.

rockery with path

If you choose the path to the left of the rockery it leads through these woods to Edgbaston Pool. Such a wonderful mix of colours.


The house built in  1903 was one of the first houses in Birmingham to have electric lighting, hot water and a telephone line. What a lovely drawing room.

If you need me I’ll be in my study Mrs Hudson. Isn’t it nice to see a bookshelf without a copy of Twilight or 50 Shades on it? Eat your heart out Matilda!


A spot of tennis before settling down darling?

Edwardian bedroom

Now to my favourite room. If only they did sleepovers! A classroom by day and bedroom at night.

kids Edwardian bedroom

An absolutely adorable teddy bear’s picnic. Teddy bears as you already know are the best and these vintage toys are sweet.

Teddy bear's picnic inside children's bedroom

Gorgeous rocking horse!

rocking horse

Admission to Winterbourne is around £7 but do look out for the 2 for 1 offer for Culture Card holders. This cheeky monkey’s tip is to enjoy the lovely tearoom in between exploring the garden and house. You can even enjoy your afternoon tea on the elegant patio overlooking the garden.

monkey toy on chair