Aston Hall


Set in lush grounds 3 miles north of the city centre, this well-preserved hall was built in extravagant Jacobean style between 1618 and 1635. The sumptuous interiors are full of friezes, moulded ceilings and tapestries. Trains run from Birmingham New St to Aston station (£2.40, seven minutes, every 10 minutes), from where it's a 10-minute walk.

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Nearby Birmingham attractions

1. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter


The Smith & Pepper jewellery factory is preserved as it was on its closing day in 1981 after 80 years of operation. Guided tours lasting around one hour…

2. Thinktank

1.66 MILES

Surrounded by the footprints of vanished factories, the Millennium Point development incorporates this entertaining and ambitious attempt to make science…

3. Soho House

1.69 MILES

Situated 1.5 miles northwest of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Soho House is where industrialist Matthew Boulton lived from 1766 to 1809. Among the…

4. St Paul's Church

1.71 MILES

St Paul's Sq is dominated by this beautiful 18th-century Georgian church, where 'Birmingham Brains' Matthew Boulton and James Watt came to pray. Details…

5. Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

1.77 MILES

Birmingham's venerable arts society has exhibited local artists and artisans' works since 1814. The two-floor gallery is just off St Paul’s Sq.

6. Birmingham Cathedral

1.86 MILES

Dedicated to St Philip, this small but perfectly formed cathedral was constructed in a neoclassical style between 1709 and 1715. Pre-Raphaelite artist…

7. Council House

1.98 MILES

Built in 1879 in classical style, the dome-topped Council House – the seat of local government – forms the northeastern face of the city centre.

8. The River


Public art in Victoria Sq includes modernist sphinxes and artist Dhruva Mistry's 1994-installed fountain, The River. Topped by a naked female figure, it's…