Visiting St Alban's Church
We regret that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have suspended our programme of regular open days, and that we are unable to open the church to visitors during the Birmingham Heritage Week and national Heritage Open Days in 2020.
The church is currently open only for a socially distance Sunday service, and we are not able to allow general visitor access.
However, from the 10th September 2020, the first day of the Birmingham Heritage Week, we will publish a link here: http://www.saintalban.co.uk/heritage/tour/ to a video guided tour of the church lasting about 20 minutes.
Step-free access to the church and hall is available via the 'cloister' door reached from a gate on Stanhope Street. Internally all public areas are on one level except the chancel/sanctuary and the west porch.
Toilets, including one adapted for wheelchair users, are available in the church hall when the church is open.
At present (February 2020) there is still plenty of free parking space for visitors near the church on Stanhope Street and Conybere Street. The City Council currently plans to allocate most of the local parking to residents, with limited pay-and-display parking by the church. The start date for the scheme is not yet known. Currently it is planned that parking charges will apply from Monday to Saturday, excluding Sundays. We are hoping to have two bays reserved for Blue Badge holders by the church on Stanhope Street.
Clean Air Zone
A clean air zone was due to be in force from July 2020 in the centre of Birmingham, which includes St Alban's Church. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the introduction of the scheme has now been delayed until at least 2021.
Please see the BrumBreathes website to see the boundary of the clean air zone https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk/what-is-the-caz and to determine whether the type of vehicle that you use will be required to pay a daily charge of £8 to enter the clean air zone if you know the classification of its engine: https://www.brumbreathes.co.uk/individuals. (Note that these are European engine standards and our Prime Minister has indicated his intention that the UK will not continue to conform to such standards beyongd 2020.) You can use your vehicle's registration details (number plate) to check whether it will be subject to the charge using here: https://www.gov.uk/check-clean-air-zone-charge.
There are currently no public facilities for charging electric vehicles at or near to the church.
You may find it more convenient to travel by bus, or if you are able, by bicycle.
You can plan your bus journey here: https://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/plan-your-journey or here: http://journeyplanner.networkwestmidlands.com/. (B12 0XB, the postcode of the vicarage, seems to work better than that of the church.)
Finding St Alban's Church
If you use Google Maps or a SatNav you may find that the postcode B12 0PX (for James Samuel Place, opposite the church) gives better results than the actual postcode of the church, B12 0YH, which leads to the top of Conybere Street. Motor vehicles can currently turn left from the A4540 Belgrave Middleway into either Horton Square or Frank Street. However, only bicycles can turn left from the A4540 Highgate Middleway into Upper Conybere Street (where the street sign reads only "Conybere Street"); vehicles must continue and turn down Leopold Street instead.
Planning a Group Visit
We regret that we are currently unable to host group visits.
St Alban's Church is Member of the Birmingham Heritage Forum.
You can view the latest leaflet as a PDF or in flip format.