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Birmingham: Victorian Canals to Today's City Walking Tour

1. Birmingham: Victorian Canals to Today's City Walking Tour

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.

Birmingham: Guided City Center Walking Tour

2. Birmingham: Guided City Center Walking Tour

Find out how Birmingham grew from a small market town to the second largest city in the country on this guided walking tour of the city center. Gain authentic insights into modern life in the city and explore some hidden gems along the way. Meet your guide amid the lush greenery in Cathedral Square where you can admire the English Baroque architecture of St Philip’s Cathedral. Continue down Broad Street which is popular for it's vibrant nightlife.  Listen as your guide tells you about Birmingham’s boom during the industrial revolution. Hear the story of its iconic canals and about how it is the home of Cadbury chocolate. Make your way to Centenary Square where you can admire the fountains. Stoll past the modern Symphony Hall and head to Victoria Square in the center of the city. View the Town Hall and the Council House. Finish your tour at the 19th-century Ikon Gallery. 

Birmingham: Jewellery Quarter Guided Walking Tour

3. Birmingham: Jewellery Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Explore the Jewellery Quarter of central Birmingham on a guided walking tour. Admire the facades of the many workshops that retain their 19th-century appearance as you learn about the fascinating history of the area. Hear about the changing fortunes of the area, and how it has developed and thrived throughout the centuries. Keep an eye out for cast iron letter boxes and street signs and other examples of Birmingham’s metalworking heritage. Discover the importance of the area, both past, and present. See The Coffin Works and the world's largest Assay Office during the tour.

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As a first time visitor to Birmingham this tour, led by Arthur, was an excellent introduction to the city. Hearing about the history set the scene followed by seeing, and hearing about, the fascinating sights all around the city. Arthur was an excellent guide sharing his enthusiasm about the city in a lively, informative and interesting way. A great introduction to our weekend in Birmingham.

Thank you Jonathan for the enthusiasm and knowledge you brought to this tour. Wonderful historical facts mixed with art and culture points of interest. Jonathan made the content relatable to where we were each from. it felt like going for a walk with a good friend. Highly recommend this charity based walk over the for profit tours.

Johnathan was really vibrant, brought a lot of energy, and shared a great amount of information about Birmingham. He covered all the bases and made the tour enjoyable for all. Would recommend.

Jonathan was extremely informative and easy to listen to. Had real in depth knowledge and was very entertaining.

Most informative, Jonathan is very knowledgeable and humorous... a great 2 hour journey!