The opening times below are in addition to normal services and are given to the best of my knowledge. However, prospective visitors are strongly advised to check the information for themselves before making a visit.
If a church is not listed here, it's pretty safe to assume that the church is open for services, but sadly not at other times. However, arrangements can usually be made to open the church for visitors.
For addresses of churches' own websites with service information, see the articles on each church. Unfortunately most church websites have no details about opening arrangements, but they usually do have contact phone numbers or email addresses.
Church contact details can usually be found on A Church Near You.
Any further information gratefully received. Contact me via this site.
Thanks, Bill Dargue
This is work in progress . . .
Information believed to be correct as of July 2012
St Giles, Nether Whitacre - Open daily dawn till dusk.
Contact details - http://www.achurchnearyou.com/nether-whitacre-st-giles/.
St John the Baptist, Halesowen - Open daily 1030 - 1530.
However, the advice on A Church near You - http://www.achurchnearyou.com/halesowen-st-john-the-baptist/ is to contact the church and to check before going.
St John the Baptist. Middleton - Open daily 0900 - 1700. There's also an open history room with books of photographs and information.
St Laurence, Northfield - Open Saturdays 1000 - 1200 June - August (refreshments available) and on other occasions as advertised on a notice at the church. Probably best to check first via the church website - http://www.stlaurencechurchnorthfield.org.
St Martin-in-the-Bull Ring
The Church Shop & Tea Lounge (and presumably therefore the church) are open Tuesday to Saturday, 1000 - 1630, with the shop closing about 1530. See http://www.bullring.org.
St Michael & All Angels, Maxstoke - Open Sundays 1000 - 1600 from Easter till Harvest Festival (usually the first Sunday in October. Outsde these times phone 01675 462188
St Nicholas & Peter ad Vincula, Curdworth - Open daily 0900 - 1700.
St Nicolas, Kings Norton - Open Wednesdays 1000 - 1300.
St Paul, Jewellery Quarter - Open to visitors between 1000 and 1600 from Tuesday to Saturday.
St Peter & St Paul, Coleshill - Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 1100 - 1300 from Easter till the end of September. See - http://www.coleshillparishchurch.org.uk/.
St Philip, Birmingham Cathedral - Opening Times
Weekdays 0730 – 1830*; Weekends 0830 – 1700
* 1700 from late July to early September and for 1 week after Christmas and Easter Sunday.
Churches opened by arrangement
Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield - I visited Holy Trinity, called in on spec at the church's Trinity Centre opposite and was shown round by a church warden who happened to be there. Probably best to phone first. The Trinity Centre seems to be manned during normal office hours. The church is currently closed for refurbishment - December 2016. See the church website - http://www.htsc.org.uk/; the Trinity Centre - http://www.trinity-centre.org.uk/.
St Edburgha, Yardley - I arranged to visit the church via one of the contacts listed on the church website - http://www.stedburghas.com/ - and she was very happy to show me round.
St Giles, Sheldon - I arranged a visit via parish office on the Contacts page of the church website http://www.stgilessheldon.org.uk/. I was lucky enough to be given a guided tour by a long-standing member of the congregation.
St John the Baptist, Lea Marston - A notice on the door says that arrangements for opening may be made by telephoning the church warden on 01675 479766 or the verger 07789 383806.
St Mary, Handsworth was open this summer (2012) on Saturday afternoons 1400-1600. The church is also open by arrangement. I arranged a visit using the contact details on A Church Near You - http://www.achurchnearyou.com/handsworth-st-mary/.
St Peter, Harborne - The parish office is open Tuesday - Thursday 0900 - 1300; Friday 1000 - 1300. The staff were happy to arrange access for me to visit the church during those hours. I arranged a visit via the Contacts page on the church website - http://www.stpeterharborne.co.uk/.
St Nicholas, Elmdon - I arranged a visit via the contact on the church website - http://www.elmdonchurch.org/.