After visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (click here to see that post), we decided to drive the 30 minutes or so to Kinver Edge in Staffordshire to visit the fascinating rock houses.Known as the ‘Holy Austin’ rock houses, they were inhabited until the 1960s and are now owned by The National Trust who have restored them to show what life would have been like living inside the houses. There are also kitchen gardens surrounding the dwellings.
The staff working at the site were so incredibly friendly and informative, we chatted to a lovely volunteer who told us about a lady who actually lived in the rock houses as a child and had recently returned (aged 84!) to see her old home. There is a picture of her around the age of 7 with pigtails outside one of the houses.
There is a quaint tea room at the top level, where you can take a seat and take in the views over Kinver and imagine what life would have been like living within the rock houses.The rock houses are open to the public Thursday to Sunday 11.00am until 16.00pm and cost £5.20 to enter.