Situated in an area known as Bournbrook and located close to a railway and canal, the Cadbury brothers not only built a brand new factory but improved the lives of their workers by building sixteen houses. They named this new village Bournville and over time added additional homes, a school, and a hospital. By late 1900, the village had grown to 313 houses on 330 acres of land and George Cadbury established the Bournville Village Trust to care for, and maintain this growing community. Check out the Bournville Village Council website for the latest news and events.
Walk Around Bournville Village - You will learn more about the 'Factory in a Garden', the creation of Bournville and the philanthropic origins of the Cadbury business when you visit Cadbury World. Below is a taste of the fascinating buildings and their stories within a five minute walk of Cadbury World - be sure that you make time to experience historic Bournville as part of your visit.
Selly Manor Museum
On Bournville village green, just a short walk from Cadbury World, are two of Birmingham’s oldest buildings. Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves are timber framed buildings that are over 700 years old, and were moved into Bournville from their original sites by George Cadbury. There are events all year, children’s workshops, exhibitions, a lovely Tudor garden, games to play and armour to try on. For Cadbury World visitors, you get a 20% off their admission price. All you have to do is show your tickets to a member of museum staff to get this discount.
The Bournville Carillon
Having been inspired by a trip to Bruges, George Cadbury commissioned this unique musical instrument to be built into the large clock tower of Bournville’s school. Now owned and administered by the Bournville Village Trust, this 48-belled Carillon is operated on a keyboard known as a clavier. You can learn more about Bournville’s Carillon, listen to a sample of the music and check out when you will be able to hear this instrument being played live here.
The Rest House
An inscription inside the Rest House reads: "This Rest House was erected to commemorate the Silver Wedding of Mr & Mrs George Cadbury by the employees of Cadbury Brothers Ltd at Bournville and in all parts of the world. A lasting memorial of esteem and affection as an expression of gratitude for the unceasing interest in their welfare and in admiration of manifold services to the world at large. "Based on the design of the medieval yarn market in Dunster, this 1914 building lies in the centre of Bournville Village Green and is now home to the Carillon Visitor Centre.
Quaker Meeting House
Built in 1905, this Y-shaped building was central to the Cadbury founding fathers’ faith. A bust of George Cadbury can be seen from its exterior. Underneath this bust are the ashes of George Cadbury and his second wife Dame Elizabeth.
Bournville Green Shops
Designed by Bedford Tylor and built between 1905 and 1908, these shops still remain at the heart of the Bournville community and their design was influenced by timber-framed Selly Manor.
The Church of St Francis of Assisi
Constructed in 1912 and consecrated in 1925, the Church of St Francis of Assisi was the first Anglican Church to be built in the Diocese of Birmingham after World War One. Built in a Byzantine style and designed by Harvey and Wicks.
Today, Bournville Village still thrives and the community spirit of it's early days continues in its leafy enclaves. Click here
to find out how the activities of the Bournville Village Trust and the Bournville Community remain faithful to the Cadbury Brothers' founding visions.
Historical Birmingham and the Midlands
Whether you’re looking for ancient or more recent history, you can compliment your visit to Cadbury World by discovering how Birmingham and the Midlands have played a key part in the story of England.
Back to Back Houses
Birmingham’s last surviving court of back-to-back housing located in the city centre approximately 4.5 miles from Cadbury World. Carefully restored, follow the story of how Birmingham residents lived from the 1840s Victorian era through to the 1970s.
The Black Country Living Museum
Historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and restored to their original periods to create an authentic view of life of the people living in the heart of industrial Britain. Experience an underground coalmine and watch demonstrations from traditional craft makers.
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museums are a series of buildings of historical interest and home to artefacts of regional significance. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery located in the city centre is famous for its collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings and contains objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history.
Visit Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter and stop off at its museum for a guided tour around a real jewellery factory – little changed since the early part of last centuries.
Located around 20 miles from Cadbury World is the world famous Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace and home to William Shakespeare. Shakespeare Country contains many buildings and places of significance relating to the life and work of the Bard.
Originally from Birmingham, Tolkien's parents moved to South Africa following his father's promotion. Tolkien and his mother returned to Birmingham in 1895 when he was three. Having only known the hot and arid lands of South Africa, the green woods, fields, and the iconic Sarehole Mill on the outskirts of the city centre went on to inspire the young Tolkien and many people agree that this area provided the inspiration for the Shire of Middle Earth. You can learn more about the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the Tolkien Trail (only 3.5 miles from Cadbury World) here.