The Rest House, Bournville - A cultural Gem!

At the centre of Bournville Village Green is The Rest House, completed in 1914 to commmemorate the silver wedding anniversary of George and Elizabeth Cadbury. Now the Carillon Visitor Centre.

Where is The Rest House?

The Rest House can be found at the centre of the Bournville Village Green.

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Rest HouseBournville Rest House (April 2009). Photography by Elliott Brown


In brief

The Rest House in Bournville was erected in 1914 to commemorate the silver wedding anniversary of George and Elizabeth Cadbury.  The building was designed by the architect W. Alexander Harvey.

It is now home to the Bournville Carillon Visitor Centre.

It is a Grade II listed building. 

There are plaques inside that mark the Cadbury's opening of their chocolate factory in 1879, the firm founded by John Cadbury in 1831.There is also a commemoration to George Cadbury and his wife.

Outside there is a blue plaque from the Birmingham Civic Society, installed in 1989, to mark the Bournville Building Estate created by George Cadbury in 1895.

Bournville Rest HouseInside the Bournville Rest House (August 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown


Further details:

Bournville Carillon website

Project dates

26 Apr 2021 - On-going


History & heritage, Education, Classic Architecture

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