Historic Birmingham attraction named top ‘hidden gem’ in the UK

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Its top ranking as a hidden gem attraction in the UK reflects Birmingham’s historic charm

Tucked away in the city of Birmingham is a remarkable historical wonder that has been attracting interest from all around the world.

Recently named as the UK’s best hidden gem by TripAdvisor.

This distinctive attraction stands as a meticulously preserved 19th-century residential court—the very last surviving court of back-to-back houses in the city.

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Known as the Birmingham Back to Backs, or simply Court 15, these houses were constructed around communal courtyards—a common architectural feature in Britain’s bustling industrial towns during the 19th and 20th centuries. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of working-class residents from that era.

As a tribute to the life of the working people who lived there, they still stand today.

Birmingham Back to Backs, recently named as the UK’s best hidden gem by TripAdvisor. Birmingham Back to Backs, recently named as the UK’s best hidden gem by TripAdvisor.
Birmingham Back to Backs, recently named as the UK’s best hidden gem by TripAdvisor. | Flickr

Visitors to the Birmingham Back to Backs embark on a journey through time, experiencing 200 years of working people’s lives. Each house is a time capsule, meticulously restored and furnished to reflect different periods in history. From the 1840s to the 1970s, each room tells a story of the people who once called these houses home.

According to research from Bounce, the Birmingham Back to Backs has emerged as TripAdvisor’s best hidden gem attraction in the UK. Out of 418 attractions, it holds the coveted top spot. This recognition is no small feat, considering the UK’s rich tapestry of historical sites and natural wonders.

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With more than 4,000 reviews, the Birmingham Back to Backs boasts a stellar 5/5 star rating on TripAdvisor. An impressive 98% of visitors have rated their experience as either “excellent” or “very good”. .

Planning a visit to the Birmingham Back to Backs?

All visits must be booked in advance and are by guided tour only. The tours feature multiple winding, narrow staircases, but a ground floor only tour is also available. Birmingham Back to Backs is located at 55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4TE.

The Birmingham Back to Backs is a must visit for anyone interested in history, culture, or just a unique experience.

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