Selly Manor, Birmingham
Two of the oldest houses in Birmingham, Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves were moved from their original locations by George Cadbury in 1907 as a centre piece to Bournville Village.
Selly Manor itself is dated from approximately 1327 and was originally located approximately 1 mile from its current site. It is believed to have been built by the local lords of the tithing (ie tax collectors!) - the Joutte family. Little is known about its early history - it fell into disrepair and by the 19th century was subdivided into three tenements before being earmarked for demolition.
It was at this time that Cadbury stepped in and purchased the building, dismantling it and moving the house piece by numbered piece to its present site. It opened as a museum in 1917.
Minworth Greaves is even older, dating from 1250. Again, little is known of its early history but again, it also fell into disrepair. Cadbury purchased the building in 1911 but it was not rebuilt until the 1930s, sited alongside Selly Manor.
Nowadays, Selly Manor is the main attraction - built over 3 stories, there's the stunning parlour, hall, kitchen and 2 bedrooms fitted out from Tudor times. It's small, cosy and reeks of age - leather, woodsmoke, herbs and spices etc. Minworth Greaves, much simpler in design, has become the ticket office and education centre. There's also a small garden.
It's not a big place and 1 hour would probably suffice, but can be easily combined with a trip to Cadbury World and Bournville Village.
Opening times: Monday-Friday (all year except Christmas and New Year), 10am -5pm (it's a popular place for schools). Saturday & Sunday (April-September) 2-5pm
Entrance fees: 3.50gbp, 1.50 (kids), 2.00 (pensioners, students), 9.00 (family - up to 3 kids)
Located near CadburyWorld in Bournville, Selly Manor is a tudor house giving an insight in to how people lived hundreds of years ago.
Open Tues-Fri 1000-1700