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History - Discover 750 years of stories

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

Built by Richard de Marnham in the 1270s, Bromwich Hall 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.

Over its 750 year history Bromwich Hall has been the home of a number of notable residents including the Solicitor General to Charles I. It has also been the home of ordinary families when it became tenements in the later 1800s.The site 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.

The building is now a heritage visitor attraction and used for a variety of community projects and activities and new activities are happening all the time. There is also a lively programme of events and activities. However please bear with us as the building is very much work in progress.

Autumn and Winter 2023 -Opening Times


18th April - 24 October open Tuesdays 11am-3pm (last admission is 2:30pm). 

The museum may be open on other days for school holiday activities or events but there won't be access to look around the house on these days.


We are open once a month on Saturdays April-November  (sometimes more if we have extra events organised) for you to explore our old beams and learn about 800 years of history as well as enjoy our programme of entertainment. Click the link to our event programme for more details

14 October 11am-4pm - Bioblitz with Sandwell Naturalists - explore and discover the wildlife living in our grounds! and explore this fantastic medieval building

18th November 11am-4pm - explore and discover this amazing medieval building activity tbc

Open during December for festive activities

Find out about our special events and activities. Click for more information about visiting and to book your tickets if required.

Please note access to the whole building is not always available on special event or activity days. If you are interested in seeing the whole building and learning about its fascinating story then please come along on one of our special open 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 Tuesdays or Wednesdays or email

Where to find us

Getting to us


Parking is available on site in our free car park. Accessible parking is near to the house


Please read our accessibility guide to help you to enjoy your visit. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to know more or ask a member of staff for assistance during your visit. 

Access into the building is limited due to the size and nature of the site. There are some steep steps and there isn't a lift available. However there is access into the great hall where staff will be on hand to give you further information and show you photos of the rest of the building if you require it.

Dogs - assistance dogs only.

Assistance dogs are very welcome on site and inside the museum, however we don't allow other dogs on site, in the grounds or inside the buildings.


Our volunteers serve tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks on activity or event days. However you are welcome to bring a picnic and a picnic blanket to enjoy in the grounds.

Contact us

Phone: 0121 588 2985


You can also find us on Facebook, twitter and Instagram @sandwellmuseum

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 pictures of Bromwich Hall from our Flikr album

Check out some of the events and activities on site with our activities album

Events and Activities

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

Museums for schools

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

Other visitor information

  • Please note we are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside the building.
  • Free parking is available on site.