february, 2022

sun13feb2:00 pm4:00 pmGuided Tour of Key Hill Cemetery in Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Hockley2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Icknield Street Event Organized By: Friends of Key Hill & Warstone Lane Cemeteries Event Type :Tours, Talks & Walks

Event Details

History of Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham’s first cemetery & formerly known as the General Cemetery , the unique catacombs and residents.

Walking History Tour with our expert volunteer guide includes the history the unique catacombs and the residents resting in this non -denominational cemetery.

The final resting place of Joseph Chamberlain , Alfred Bird, Thomas Avery , William Murphy , John Skirrow Wright , Joseph Tangye, Constance Naden , Harriet Martineau , Marie Bethel Beauclerc , , Rev George Dawson , Henry Palethorpe, Joseph Gilliott, Robert Lucas Chance , William Butler , Thomas Walker , Isaac Horton, James Hinks.

Conservation -the single tiered catacombs have recently been restored, along with new railings , footpaths and planting in this non-denominational cemetery .

This cemetery is a haven for wildlife .

MEETING PLACE : Key Hill Cemetery, Icknield Street gate entrance near Key Hill Circus , not far from Warstone Lane Cemetery Icknield Street entrance at 2pm ( see separate event for Warstone Lane Cemetery tour at 12 noon )

Tickets via Eventbrite £5.00 includes booking fee . Children under 16 years no charge. All Children must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all timesGuided tours are the second Sunday in the month except for December .

Finding a grave – Should you require to find the location of a family grave, the Friends may be able to assist. Please note this is unlikely to be achieved before , during or after a guided tour. With prior notice the Friends may be able to arrange for you to meet a volunteer on a separate day with a date and time to suit you both. Should you require this voluntary service please email the Friends in advance with the family names and year of death if known. Also state which cemetery if known.

Getting here :

Train and Tram stops at the Jewellery Quarter Station in Vyse Street , Hockley.

Bus -the 101 bus from Colmore Row to Chamberlain Clock walk to Vyse Street , see Sunday service via nxbus.co.uk and plan my journey https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/plan-your-journey.

Car – Clean Air Zone From 1st June 2021 Birmingham Clean Air Zone


Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone The zone, covering the centre of town, aims to reduce pollution levels and encourage more people to switch to public transport to visit the city centre. It is different to the London congestion charge which charges all vehicles so it’s important that you know whether it applies to you or not.

Check your vehicle here to see if you would be charged: https://www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones

Charges are from midnight to midnight.


Each tour last about one and half to two hours depending on Q & A .

Toilet facilities – Vyse Street facing Warstone Lane Cemetery .

There are several café’s , bars and restaurants nearby .

Guided tours of the interior of Key Hill catacombs are not included in tours during the winter months .

Volunteers of the Friends of Key Hill Cemetery & Warstone Lane Cemetery RAISING FUNDS FOR GRAVE RESTORATION preserving our history and caring for the community since 2004

Follow the Friends on Eventbrite , Facebook , Twitter and via the Friends website .

Key Hill guided Tour under a canopy of trees



(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Icknield Street

Icknield Street, Birmingham, B18


Friends of Key Hill & Warstone Lane Cemeteries