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Birmingham: Victorian Canals to Today's City Walking Tour

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Birmingham: Victorian Canals to Today's City Walking Tour

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Explore the city center canals and understand their importance to the Industrial Revolution. Consider the Victorian influence with Chamberlain and the Civic Gospel. Experience the city today where modern architecture and art are everywhere.

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  • Head to key parts of the canal which help bring Birmingham alive
  • Stop at Centenary, Oozells, Victoria and Chamberlain Squares and understand the city's history
  • Consider key pieces of public art and appreciate the many different architectural styles
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Start at the modern Library of Birmingham in the brand new Centenary Square. The public art of the Square gives some early clues on the history of this central birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Buildings all around help you understand the depth of arts and commerce that Birmingham overflows with today. Heading through the International Convention Centre, appreciate the modern Symphony Hall known as one of the finest concert hall acoustics to experience in the world today. Discover why the opening of James Brindley’s canal into the town in the 1770s was hugely important to the development of Birmingham. Experience these rejuvenated waterways and see the many new uses that they have been put to. Moving through Brindleyplace see the huge efforts of the Victorians in working to make the burgeoning town into a model for others to follow. This was the home of the Civic Gospel with the Municipal Revolution seeing efforts to educate, bring clean water to the town and clear poor quality housing. Modern architecture is all around and the walk through the city squares gives an appreciation of the way old and new has been integrated into the modern city.
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  • An audio receiver is loaned to enable the live tour guide commentary
  • Tourist guide book
    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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    Meet at the front entrance of the Library, there is usually a pop-up stand marking the location.

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    • Headphones

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    • The total distance to walk is 3 kilometers, completed in 2 hours.
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    J. was great!

    October 10, 2021

    September 13, 2021

    Good meeting point and handy headsets so could hear Jonathan talking as we walked in a spread group.very informative and Jonathan kept it interesting enjoyed thankyou

    September 12, 2021

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