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From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour

Positively Birmingham Walking Tours

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Find out more about Birmingham with a walking tour starting and ending at the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square. We look at the canals, Birmingham’s industrial Georgian pioneers our Victorian heritage and the more recent architecture all around us. Current redevelopments taking place right in front of our eyes are explained and the directions that the city is taking into the future considered. The tour is based loosely on the book Positively Birmingham, currently available at the special price of £12 in the Library shop (normally £20) at tour end.

Starting and ending at the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square this 2 hour walking tour gives a great introduction to the city and is of interest to local people and visitors alike. We support the charity Sifa Fireside who work on acute and longer term homeless issues in Birmingham, with at least 10% of all ticket sales going to their work and donations are clearly stated on our website.

About This Deal

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Library of Birmingham 4 Centenary Square Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND England

We start and finish at this amazing new liibrary that is one of the major tourist attractions of Birmingham

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: International Convention Centre Birmingham, 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA England

We look at Symphony Hall ad the ICC and it's role in the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Brindleyplace, 2 Brunswick Street, Birmingham B1 2JF England

We look at the history of Brindleyplace as well as the modern day.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gas Street Basin Gas Street, Birmingham B1 2JT England

We consider the coming of the canals and look at this amazingly atmospheric centre of the Country's canal network.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BD England

We consider public art and also the development of Birmingham during the Victorian period. We look at the developments in the up to date city

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ England

We look at the way Birmingham is moving into the future.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 3 Congreve Passage Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DA England

We pass the entrance and see the amazing 1880s design of the double portico.

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: The Mailbox, 7 Commercial Street, Birmingham B1 1RS England

We see the conversion of the former post office sorting office into a mixed use development which includes the Birmingham headquarters of the BBC.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Cube, 196 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RN England

The cube is major development at the back part of the Mailbox development. Views from the upper floors are among the best in the city.

Duration: 1 minute

Pass By: Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS England

The Ikon Gallery was originally built as a school and is one of over forty built by the architects Martin & Chamberlain.

Stop At: Hall of Memory, Centenary Sq., Birmingham B1 2DY England

Art Deco style memorial built originally in 1925 to remember the fallen of the First World War but now includes WW II and more recent conflicts. Houses some fantastic art deco features including William Bloye tablets.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: ICC Mall, The International Convention Centre Centenary Sq., Birmingham B1 2DY England

The main route from Centenary Square to the canalside.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Town Hall Birmingham, Town Hall Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ England

The oldest building in Victoria Square dating from 1834.

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Our route can be accessible for wheelchairs but we do need to modify the route and would appreciate an email from you if you intend to bring a wheelchair. Our Access Policy is clearly stated on the Positively Birmingham Walking Tours website.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • We use a live audio system. The guide uses a radio transmitter and each guest has an audio receiver loaned to them. This ensures you can hear the guide from 2m or much further if you wish. Routes are chosen to be outside in less crowded areas of the city.
  • We use a live audio system. Each guest is loaned a receiver to hear the guide who wears a radio transmitter. Guest bring their own earphones with a 3.5mm socket or we provide a new pair.
  • Entry/Admission - Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Entry/Admission - The Mailbox
  • Entry/Admission - The Cube

  • This tour may use an audio system - but not always.

Departure Point
Library of Birmingham, Centenary Sq, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA, UK

Departure Time
1:30 PM

2 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Positively Birmingham Walking Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.