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The Manor House Museum

Murder, grave robbing and insanity are all part of the story of this fascinating and unique building - the Manor House has seen it all.

Built by Richard de Marnham in the 1270s, The Manor House is now probably one of the most important surviving medieval timber framed buildings in the Midlands and the most recent building to become part of Sandwell Museum Service.

The construction of its great hall is thought to be the earliest of this type of construction in the country in a standing building.

The Museum had been a public house since the 1960s and when it first opened was an extremely prestigious venue, where footballers and VIPs would dine.

The building is now back in the guardianship of Sandwell Council and looked after by Sandwell Museum Service.

We are slowly turning the building into a heritage visitor attraction and for use for a variety of community projects and activities so new activities are happening all the time. 

Opening times

The Manor House Museum is open for special events and activities throughout the year as advertised on the 'What's On' section of the Museum Service web pages and for free guided tours as detailed below.

Open for guided tours:

Look out for our FREE guided tours between April and October 2015.

Please note that due to the current nature of the site access to the whole building is by guided tours only, on event days only parts of the building may be open. If you want to have a good look at the whole building and learn about its history then please do come on one of our free guided tours.

Guided tours - We provide free guided tours of the buildings on the first weekend a month between April and November and on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the end of July to mid September. Look out for specific dates nearer the time. Access to the whole building on other days such as event days is not possible. Our brand new and improved tours begin at the end of July

Entrance to the museum is free unless a specific chargeable event is advertised.

Contact us

  • You can call us on 0121 588 2985. Please note that staff are not able to man the phones at all times. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

  • For general queries you can email us on museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.uk  . However if you are looking to make a booking please call the house on 0121 588 2985.

Getting to us

Events, free tours and activities

Museums for schools

Check out our schools activity sessions or call us if you have a bespoke project in mind.

Other visitor information

In the picture

For photos of the Manor House and its events check out our photostream on Flickr