Guided tour

Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Positively Birmingham
Guided tour

Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

Activity provider: Positively Birmingham

From US$ 23.54 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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Duration 2 hours
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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

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Meeting point

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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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • The total distance walked is 3 km/2 miles over 2 hours
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January 22, 2023

August 15, 2022

Very knowledgeable and interactive tour. Good way to discover Birminghams secrets and history

August 3, 2022

Product ID: 298030