Commonwealth Games Group Offers

Special Group visits during the Commonwealth Games 2022

During July and August 2022, we will be welcoming visitors to Birmingham who are in the city for the Commonwealth Games 2022. To celebrate this historic event, the games will be supported by a programme of cultural events happening in Birmingham and the West Midlands

We have created some special group experiences that will make sure you make the most of your visit to the country’s second city.

We can’t wait to welcome you and help create long lasting memories of your time spent in our special places. 

See below to find out more about the cultural experiences that are available for group visitors at Birmingham Museums during the Commonwealth Games:

A City Memento - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Take in the newly re-opened Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery where you can enjoy exploring the iconic Round Room and the stunning Industrial Gallery. During this unique experience your group will take part in an art workshop, in the Museum and Art Gallery, where you will be guided to create an artwork featuring the famous Birmingham Skyline including iconic landmarks such as Aston Hall, Library of Birmingham, Sarehole Mill and more. Create your masterpiece on canvas and take your finished piece home with you as a memento of your time in Birmingham, the UK’s second city. After this tutor led workshop, your group will enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea. Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, a selection of delicate cakes, pastries and scones with jam and clotted cream and freshly brewed tea or coffee.

£59.50 pp.

Groups of 10-50 people.

Aston – Birmingham’s Treasures

Start your experience with a tour of Villa Park, home to Aston Villa Football Club, the regions premier league football club’s ground. Imagine the roar of the crowd as you emerge from the players tunnel and out into the 42,640 capacity stadium. Get a real feel for how the players prepare in the hours leading up to a match by paying a visit to the players’ lounge and dressing rooms.

This exciting and informative tour allows access to areas that are only available to players and officials. Have your cameras ready for those personal mementos of your visit. Celebrate the club’s success by having your photo taken with the splendid European Cup, First Division and FA Cup trophies, which are now on permanent display.

Your group will then be chaperoned to the peaceful grounds of Aston Hall, set within a Green Flag park. Take in Lady Holte’s formal gardens, and explore the archaeological remains surrounding this magnificent mansion. After a delicious traditional English Afternoon Tea of freshly made sandwiches, a selection of delicate cakes, pastries and scones with jam and clotted cream, you will be taken into Aston Hall. The hall is a Jacobean mansion built between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte and was home to James Watt Junior from 1817-1848. Over the course of its history, the hall has received royalty, was besieged during the English Civil War and inspired a famous author. Enjoy a guided tour which explores many of the period rooms, including Britain’s finest Long Gallery.

£47.50 per person.

Groups of 10-50 people.

There and back again – a Tolkien experience at Sarehole Mill

Begin your visit with a guided walking tour of the area surrounding Sarehole Mill, including Moseley Bog. Take in the places which provided so much inspiration to world renowned author J.R.R Tolkien. Your group will enjoy finding out more about Tolkien, the area of Sarehole and its influence on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Back at the Mill, you’ll be served freshly baked pizza from our on-site bakehouse in the charming courtyard where Tolkien is known to have played as a child.

Once you’ve filled up on pizza and stocked up on baked goodies, take a tour around the historic mill itself with the help of our expert guide.

You’ll also have time to explore the mill’s grounds, a peaceful haven for wildlife. The Mill is set in Shire Country Park, which includes the charming paths along the River Cole. Groups wishing to extend their visit are invited to explore at their leisure.

£22.50pp.

Groups of 10-15 people.

The Jewel of the City – Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is one of the most popular areas of the city, loved for its history, it’s a flashback to the early days of the city’s industrial past, and a living, evolving community of craftsmen, manufacturers and retailers.

Meet at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, where your guide will welcome you and take you on a lively walking tour around the quarter, taking in the heritage of the area and it’s unique character.

Banksy famously recently visited the quarter and left behind a much admired work of art, just down the road from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The bench in front if the art makes for a perfect photo opportunity!

Back at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, relax with a traditional English cream tea, before being transported back through time to the perfectly preserved jewellery workshop of Smith & Pepper. When the proprietors of the Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm retired in 1981 they simply ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations. It now offers a unique glimpse into Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. You’ll watch live demonstrations of the traditional skills of this fine trade at the jewellers’ bench, and discover what it was like to work here. Each member of the groups will receive a guidebook as a fond reminder of your visit to this special place.

After your refreshments, be sure to explore the Jewellery Quarter with its many unique shops and independent jewellers

£28.50pp.

Groups of 10-20 people.

To Book

To make a booking or for more details, please call the bookings team on 0121 348 8001 or email groups@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Group tours must be pre-booked, terms and conditions apply .