Art Treasures of Birmingham at the Conference Aston Hotel
- No fly
- All breakfasts and more
From the Pre-Raphaelites to Epstein, explore some of the important art collections in and around Birmingham.
Whether your taste is for the captivating Pre-Raphaelites, the Impressionists, the thought-provoking work of the Arts and Crafts Movement or something earlier, the exciting and diverse museums and galleries in and around Birmingham are a great place to indulge your passion. Join us on this special interest holiday with a selection of carefully chosen visits, plus three informative talks from your expert art host and the services of a Saga hotel representative. At the end of the day return to your stylish contemporary hotel where you can enjoy dinner and relax.
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Six visits
- Three talks
- Expert host and Saga representative
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights
Aston University, Aston St, Birmingham B4 7ET
The 4-star Conference Aston Hotel is a stylish and contemporary hotel conveniently situated close to Birmingham city centre. Hotel guests receive free use of the neighbouring Woodcock Sports Centre which has a 110-station gymnasium and a stunningly restored Victorian swimming pool – the oldest in Birmingham.
All 163 bedrooms have a flat-screen television with digital channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, a direct dial telephone, iron and board, tea, coffee and hot chocolate-making facilities, a hairdryer and safe.
Iron with Ironboard
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
The contemporary restaurant where you will enjoy your breakfasts and dinners has something for all, whether you want to sit under the skylights or prefer a cosy private booths The head chef has previously cooked for the England football team, former Prime Ministers and Hollywood actors. After dinner perhaps relax in the stylish bar which is well-stocked with a range of drinks including local specialities you might wish to try while in the Second City.
Conference Aston is located on the Aston University Campus, just steps from the city centre at the end of Corporation Street. Just a five minute stroll from the striking silver discs of Selfridges and the renowned Bullring shopping centre. The vibrant city of Birmingham has a wealth of attractions in addition to shopping, ranging from galleries and museums to activity centres, the famous Jewellery Quarter and Cadbury World. Beyond the city lies the Black Country with its industrial revolution heritage. The city itself has a wealth of parks and gardens, plus a network of canals reputed to cover more miles than those of Venice! Your hotel is less than two miles from Junction 6 of the M6 motorway while Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are a 10 minute walk away.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Discover some of the 3,000 paintings and drawings, prints and decorative art that make up one of the world's most important Pre-Raphaelite collections, including works by Holman Hunt and Rosetti.
Birmingham Cathedral: See more Pre-Raphaelite 'treasures' as you visit the cathedral, famous for its stunning stained glass windows designed by Burne-Jones and produced by William Morris & Co.
The New Art Gallery, Walsall: Completed in 1999, this spacious and contemporary gallery is the perfect space for the 3,000 works of art that form its permanent collection. The gallery is particularly famed for the Garman Ryan Collection, formed by Jacob Epstein's widow and a friend, after the artist's death. The collection includes 365 works by artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Freud, plus of course Jacob Epstein.
The Barber Institute of Fine Art: Part of the University of Birmingham, the Barber Institute houses a small but remarkable collection of European fine art, including works by Monet, Rubens and Gainsborough. The collection ranges from important Renaissance to Impressionist works, and is housed in what is regarded as one of Birmingham's finest art deco buildings.
Wightwick Manor: This Aesthetic Movement house was left to the National Trust in 1937 and contains an important Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts collection. Look forward to enjoying works ranging from paintings and drawings by artists including Rossetti and Holman Hunt, to textiles by Morris & Co and ceramics by De Morgan in this unique property.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery: This handsome gallery opened in 1884 and in addition to its Georgian and Victorian galleries, it is noted for its collection of contemporary art.