1. United Kingdom
  2. West Midlands
  3. Birmingham

Birmingham: One-Hour City Walking Tour

Product ID: 296795
Explore the modern city and understand it's growth from a medieval market to the "workshop of the world". Experience the atmospheric canals in which were home of the Peaky Blinders and Black Sabbath.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Birmingham's history as an industrial city
  • Experience the atmospheric city center canals and appreciate their importance during the Industrial Revolution
  • Learn about the future plans for the development of the city
Full description
Meet at the entrance of the modernistic new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square. The walking tour uses key features in the Square, including the public artworks, to help tell the story of this forward-looking city.

Discover the canals of the city, and learn of their importance in Georgian and Victorian life. Explore the Gas Street Basin, where you will experience the atmospheric heart of the English canal system, with ample opportunities for photos. 

Learn more about famous industrialists such as Boulton, Watt and Murdoch. In particular, hear about their role in revolutionising coinage from the 1780s and is indicative of how important Birmingham was as a centre of the Industrial Revolution. See the site of the Cadbury's chocolate factory before it moved to Bourneville. Understand how Cadbury's grew into a hugely successful business, with industrial processes, and key elements such as marketing and transportation aiding successful growth.

Along the Walk of Stars, by the Black Sabbath seat on Broad Street, see the many and varied contributions Birmingham has made to popular culture. From the hugely successful Peaky Blinders television series, heavy metal, to The Archers, the world's longest-running radio "soap."
  • An audio receiver is loaned to enable the live tour guide commentary to be clearly heard by all
  • Tourist guide book

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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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Important information
Know before you go
• The total distance to walk is 1 km undertaken in an hour
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Positively Birmingham

Product ID: 296795