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St Mary's Convent

St Mary's convent HandsworthHardmans stained glass window depicting mission work of the sisters

St Mary’s is an architectural gem by Augustus Welby Pugin in the heart of Handsworth, dating to 1841.  St Mary’s is a Grade II listed building with restored interiors, ornate carvings, heritage trail and exhibition.  The Convent has a strong connection to the famous Hardman family of Hardman & Co, stained glass manufacturers, and also to Bishop Walsh and the Earl of Shrewsbury.

Picture (above)- Stained Glass (by Hardmans) in the Catherine McAuley Oratory in the Chapel, which depicts an aspect of the mission work of the Sisters. (below) Statue of Venerable Catherine McAuley and Rev Mother Juliana Hardman in the prayer garden.

sculptures of sisters reading


Detailed Information



St Mary’s Convent
98 Hunters Road

B19 1EB

Tel: 0121 554 3271

Contact Person(s): Jenny Smith

Convent Website


  • Admission is free but donations are gratefully received.

Opening Hours

  • Scheduled tours are once per month at 2pm.  Tours are by appointment.  See ‘Heritage’ section of the convent website for dates.

    Visits and tours can be arranged at other times (weekdays) by appointment.  Group visits accommodated.


Exhibition trail
Chapel space for meetings and worship
Lawns and grounds
Conference space for meetings and retreats


Exhibition trail
Guided tours followed by refreshments
Heritage material for education programmes
Arrangement of retreats

Disabled Visitors

Partial Wheelchair access
Lift to all floors

How to get there:

    Car: From City Centre follow A41 up constitution Hill to Hockley Circus roundabout.  Take 3rd exit and continue up Hunters Road and Convent is on right hand side.


    Train:  Birmingham New Street or Snow Hill Station.  Either catch a bus from The Priory Queensway or take a taxi.
    Bus: From the city centre catch no. 16 to Charleville Road or no. 74 to Richmond Road.  Both stops are just after Hockley Circus roundabout.



  • Secure car park

Average Length of Visit

  • 1.5 – 2 hours