The Manor House Museum

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Murder, grave robbing and insanity are all part of the story of this fascinating and unique building - the Manor House or Bromwic Hall 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 was a public house from the 1960s and when it first opened was an extremely prestigious venue, where footballers and VIPs would dine. The pub closed in 2009 and 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. However please bear with us as the building is very much work in progress.

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Opening times

The Manor House Museum is open for special events and activities, school holiday fun, some Bank Holiday Mondays and much more throughout the year and free guided tours and self-guided visits are available between April and September on Sundays and Mondays; and at other times throughout the year as advertised on the 'What's On' section of the Museum Service web pages.

Please note access to the whole building is not always available on special event days. If you are interested in seeing the whole building and learning about its fascinating story then please come along on one of our guided or self guided tour days as advertised. You could also book your group or organisation in for a private guided tour at a small cost. Give us a call for more information and availability. Call 0121 588 2985

2019 - Opening to see the building for self-guided tours

First Sunday and consecutive Monday of each month: April- July 2019 (excluding bank holidays)
Sunday 7 & Monday 8 April: 12pm-3pm
Sunday 5 May: 12pm-3pm
Sunday 2 & Monday 3 June: 12pm-3pm
Sunday 7 & Monday 8 July: 12pm-3pm

Every Sunday & Monday throughout August & September 2019 (excluding bank holidays)
Guided Tours on Sundays in August 12:30pm & 1:45pm
Sunday 4 & Monday 5 August 12pm-3pm
Sunday 11 & Monday 12 August 12pm-3pm
Sunday 18 & Monday 19 August 12pm-3pm
Sunday 25 August 12pm-3pm
Sunday 1 & Monday 2 September 12pm-3pm
Sunday 8 September 11am-3pm & Monday 9 September 12pm-3pm
Sunday 22 September 11am-3pm & Monday 23 September 12pm-3pm
Sunday 29 & Monday 30 September 12pm-3pm

Doors close 30 minutes before the museum closes
Open at other times for special events, activities and pre-booked and regular groups

NB: during school holidays, family activities take presidence so some rooms may be closed or have restricted access and the site will be busy with families during the week. Check out our what's on page to make the most of your visit.

  • Please note that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside the house
  • Assistance dogs only on site.

Well I never knew that! Museum Musings

Get behind the scenes gossip and information as well as some fascinating history bits and bobs with our museum blog. 

In the picture

Enjoy some photos of the Manor House Museum, Bromwic Hall

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 but please note that opening times details and links to our events and activities listings is detailed above. If you are looking to make a booking please call the house on 0121 588 2985.

Events and Activities

Find out what's on at the Manor House including school holiday fun and bank holiday opening


Find out about the accessibility of the building by downloading out access statement

Getting to us

Find out more.

Museums for schools

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

Other visitor information