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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. 

Digbeth, Public art and Peaky Blinders Guided Walking Tour

3. Digbeth, Public art and Peaky Blinders Guided Walking Tour

We start at the famous Bull statue in the Bullring and walk down to the historic Digbeth & Deritend area to discover it's history, public art, and possible locations for the Peaky Blinders feature film. Conducted by Jonathan Berg, author and photographer, who runs the top-rated Positively Birmingham walking tours. His book on the public art of Birmingham is due to be published in November 2023. This 2-hour takes you from the city centre to bohemian Digbeth using pavements, footbpaths and towpaths with a route of over just 4 km. This area is soon to be the location for the Peaky Blinder feature film, with production due to start in the next year or so. The coming of HS2 and the Metro tram and the modernity of this place as it becomes ever more part of the city centre adds to tour excitement. We return to the city centre to finish at a 'not for profit' pub in Great Western Arcde.

Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

4. Birmingham: Discovering Birmingham Walking Tour

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.’

Birmingham's Luxurious Jewellery Quarter Tour

5. Birmingham's Luxurious Jewellery Quarter Tour

Our charismatic guide walks you through The Coffin Works, the former factory that's now a famous museum and the city's largest immigration office. Discover the place where famous inventor scientist James Watt lived for over 20 years. Isn't it interesting that 40% of all jewelry in the UK is produced in the Jewelry Quarter? It's 19th-century workshops, cafes, and bars display unique history. Catch us at the main entrance of Colmore row. This tour ensures to impress with its cozy unique exploration. Thus, making it a trending tourist attraction. Also, explore how were the toys in the Birmingham quarter, why a peg is essential for jewelers past and present, and grab a prime seat at the Jeweler's church.

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The experience was amazing. Jonathan was superb. Very informative and friendly walk. Will do it again on another extortion.

Arthur was a excellent guide, very knowledgeable and funny with his fascinating tales and stories of Birmingham

Our tour guide was brillant and had very good knowledge of the city and told tales in very engaging way!

Peter was knowledgeable and personable - a really great guide and tour.

Peter are guide was very knowledgeable. Well worth doing