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Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

From US$ 23.94 per person

From the Library of Birmingham, the ‘secret canal’ takes you to the historic Jewellery Quarter where the Industrial Revolution started. Post-war redevelopment and how the city faces the future is understood by the end of the tour back in Centenary Square.

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  • Explore Birmingham on this atmospheric canal-side walk through the historic Jewellery Quarter
  • InEnjoy a few surprises in the Quarter along the way
  • Discover the contrast of post-war redevelopment with this very modern city
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Understand how Birmingham developed and see that many of today’s ways of working have deep roots in our past. Explore the canal system and learn the origins of the original canal. Wander through the ‘secret canal’ to the Jewellery Quarter, which developed as a key home of Birmingham’s Industrial Revolution starting in Georgian times. Continuing on to Victorian times, your walk vividly demonstrates how innovative inventors and entrepreneurs seized the moment. Ideas were turned into large-scale factory productions in amazingly short time periods.  You'll experience today’s Quarter and learn about its role in the modern city.   The post-war redevelopment of Birmingham and the serious issues that it has caused are vividly demonstrated. The way the city is rejuvenating itself to become a modern world city is clear for all to see. Back in the city center, St. Philip’s Cathedral offers amazing English Baroque architecture. The churchyard hides some of the many difficult issues the town grappled with, as it became the ‘workshop of the world.’
  • An audio receiver to enable the live tour guide commentary to be clearly heard by all
  • Tourist guide book
  • Please bring some earphones with a 3.5 mm jack - otherwise, you can receive one in exchange for a small donation to a charity supporting homelessness in the city
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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  • You must bring your own headphones

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We meet at the front entrance of the Library of Birmingham. There is normally a pop-up stand by which we meet.

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • The total distance walked is 3 km/2 miles over 2 hours
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Maria was a great guide. we learned a lot about Birmingham.

September 15, 2019

October 28, 2019

Very informative tour with Anne and Maria. It was not a very large group and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously

January 28, 2020

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