What our visitors say…

The Barber ranks among the most popular visitor attractions in Birmingham on TripAdvisor.

Here are some of the great things our visitors have been saying about us on there:

Fine art to rival any London Gallery: The Barber is a wonderful gallery packed with treasures from every major genre of art. The gallery spaces are beautifully laid out with surprises around every corner. How amazing to find Ford Maddox Brown The Last of England on loan. The staff are so helpful and friendly and keen to share their insight and love of the paintings. The Barber is a true treasure and a highlight of the cultural scene in Birmingham. I could visit every week and never get bored. Sarah, December 2021.

A delightful and easily accessible art gallery: A fine collection of artwork from 13th to 20th century. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. The descriptions of the paintings were easy to understand and informative. We thoroughly recommend this small gallery to anyone visiting Birmingham. James D, November 2021.

Incredible: This institute of fine arts is absolutely incredible – you have to visit…and it’s FREE!!!!!! Located at The University of Birmingham, the building is a work of art in itself! The paintings were displayed brilliantly, there was lots of room to view and the additional exhibitions were well curated and interesting. All staff were so friendly and welcoming which made the visit so much nicer. Covid security was excellent throughout. Thank you for such a fantastic visitor experience. Eddie, November 2021.

An Oasis in the City: Love the gallery a lovely range of paintings through the centuries. Stunning setting, light, airy paintings beautifully displayed and not so many as to overwhelm the senses. Staff extremely helpful and informative. Free parking at the weekend. Lovetravelling08, November 2021.

Excellent Sunday stroll: A very neat gallery with some gems from every era and movement. Lovely staff and passionate about the collection. Looks to have a beautiful concert hall too. Victoria S, August 2021.

Wonderful gallery: Worth the short easy train ride out from the city to see such marvellous art, covering all periods and styles to a very high standard. satisfactory20, July 2021.

Brilliant gallery – a must visit: A lovely gallery hidden on the university campus! We couldn’t believe this little building held art works like this, especially those from Van Gogh, Monet etc. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, we were given lots of stories about different paintings by one man (sorry, didn’t catch the name!) and it was great to learn more. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re a student- a must do! Harriet, July 2021.

Birmingham Gem: Well worth a visit to this beautiful gallery. Quality collection of artwork. Very interesting information from staff who are both proud and knowledgeable. A few minutes away from Winterbourne House & Gardens which is equally enjoyable. Easy to get to by train if you don’t want to drive. Willows39, July 2021.

Great gallery: Great gallery, quality over quantity. Loads of great paintings and passionate staff – well work a visit. Rob M, July 2021.

Beautiful experience: The gallery is beautiful. You can go at your own pace and admire the work for as long as you’d like. The staff are super welcoming, especially Simon and the lady with the red hair (Sorry didn’t catch your name!). They gave me and my 2 friends interesting backgrounds to some of the paintings which were brought the art to life. Would definitely come back! It’s a perfect place for uni students wanting to take a relaxing walk around a beautiful place! It helps that it’s right on campus as well. Nikki, June 2021.

Took three friends today: The best day for over a year. Brilliant as always, a massive thank you to all the staff who made us feel so welcome. I have been many many times and it was lovely that my 2 friends that I brought today want to visit again. A special thank you to Patrick who I have had the pleasure of chatting to in the past, he recognised me (even wearing the mask), lovely man great to have a chat about the works of art on display. The first guide we met also took the time to explain that many of the exhibits were on display due to them having returned from other galleries. This art gallery is truly a gem among all the art galleries in the country. I have visited it many times and will carry on doing so. THANK YOU EVERY ONE. Joanna, June 2021.

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