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Key Hill Cemetery
Key Hill
Birmingham, West Midlands B18 5AH United Kingdom
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Unique hard hat tour inside Birmingham’s oldest catacombs, learn about how they were built and see the interior architecture.

The Catacombs in Key Hill Cemetery are the oldest in Birmingham and are a unique architectural structure which became the final resting place for many Birmingham families. The exterior of the catacombs underwent repairs in 2019-2020 and now some additional works are being carried out on the interior, so this is your chance to have a peak inside as part of a unique hard hat tour. Learn about how the catacombs were built, view the interior architecture and memorials, and get a chance to see inside some of the unused catacombs. No human remains or coffins will be visible on this tour.

Lighting levels are low in the catacombs so in addition to hard hats and hi vis vests, LED lanterns will be issued to all participants. Although work has begun to improve the flooring, we still advise wearing sturdy footwear due to uneven surfaces. Face coverings are also strongly advised because the air can be dusty (we will have disposable masks available). This tour is not accessible for wheelchair users, but we hope this will change in the future.

Numbers are limited and booking is essential in order to ensure social distancing can be observed.

Tours last 45 mins and start at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.


11th September 2021
1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Josie Wall

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


Free drop in crafts for Easter
This Saturday 8th April from 2pm
Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Make a Pinecone animal or pom pom flower to take home
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The Snowflake Trail is over now until Christmas 2023.
120 of you took a Snowflake home for your own tree and 40 people left a message for a loved one on our memory tree. Thank you for visiting and making this event so special
#JQChristmas #keyhillcemetery

The Snowflake Trail is back for a 3rd year in Key Hill Cemetery and the weather laid on some real snow for us too!

The trail is free and open to everyone from 18th December until 1st January. Wrap up warm and explore, hunting for wooden snowflakes which hang from some of the trees forming a trail around the cemetery. Add the name of your loved one to our memory tree using the stars and snowflakes provided. Choose a decorative snowflake from the trail to take home for your own tree.

Please take care while walking as paths may be slippery in snowy, icy oe wet conditions. Please visit during daylight hours only.

Share your photos of your snowflake on your tree at home and tag us!

Key Hill Cemetery too far to travel? There are also snowflake trails at Lodge Hill Cemetery (18th Dec- 24th Dec), Lodge Hill Cemetery (18th Dec- 24th Dec) and Sutton Coldfield Crematorium (19th Dec - 24th Dec).

This project is possible because of funding from: