Birmingham Tours Schools Educational Bus Tour



Chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for science, medicine, education, sport and art – Birmingham has it all.

NEW FOR 2014


Birmingham has a fascinating story to tell with its involvement in the First World War. The tour is aimed at children's interests with fascinating facts, quirky quizes, horrid histories and thought provoking `did you know' elements designed to inspire and enthuse the children. Starting at the iconic Town Hall you will hear about Neville Chamberlain’s rousing inspirational speech and the massive recruiting parade in Victoria Square. On the route we will visit sites to learn about Zeppelins and Armaments; the Quakers and conscientious objectors; War hospitals taking over the University of Birmingham and Highbury Hall; the Hall of Memory built to commemorate the 12,320 Birmingham citizens who died and the 35,000 who were wounded during the War; the massive involvement of the Jewellery Quarter and Cadbury’s; the women’s stories including the 15,000 migrant women working in the factories and the plight of the Belgian Refugees.  Come and join us in this very special year which will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

The Big Brum Open Top Bus besides running as a fixed date sightseeing tour on a seasonal basis is available for hire all the year round offering themed educational tours of the city.

The bus tour is the perfect vehicle to inspire your children providing a sound basis for a knowledge of Birmingham. Work can be continued in the class room to develop pride in the city using a `top trump' theme, photos and drawings.

We can provide tours on your own or hired double decker bus if more appropriate at any time - price on application.Tours last approximately one and a half to 2 hours with a professional qualified city guide experienced in working with children. The bus can pick up and drop off at your school and has a capacity of up to 75 people – 40 upstairs and 35 downstairs. In many cases we have started the day with two classes swopping over at half time and then following on with another tour for another two classes. Drawing and photography have been an option at half time in Victoria Square. Tours can be linked in with places of interest in Birmingham such as the BMAG, Back to Back Houses, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, etc., combining transportation with a themed event. Risk assessment available.

Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4
Britain – a diverse society – the tour can form the basis for the criteria listed in key stage 3 showing how Birmingham became a multi-cultural city. A celebration of the social history of our city.

Religious education Key Stages 1 and 2
Tours based on what religions are represented in your neighbourhood including a visit to a place of worship.

History at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 for years 5/6, year 8
Tours linked to Victorian Britain, how has life in Britain changed since 1948, Industrial revolution and local industrial changes.

Geography at key stage 3
Exploring Birmingham, shopping, tourism.

English literature
Tolkien, Birmingham’s Literary Heritage

General interest tours

Tours which develop pride, knowledge and identity with the city such as Brilliant Brum and Be Proud to be a Brummie, art and architecture in the city. This tour can be tailored to your school year and subject requirements. Developing the theme Be Proud to be a Brummie we can take a general look at the city including the major buildings of interest pitched at the right level for the age group concerned. Just riding on the Big Brum Open Top Buz is an exciting experience in its own right. We can explore the social and industrial history of the city and its geography comparing it with other regions of the country and our most recent theme has been studying the city as a tourist destination.

I would like to see all the schools in the city experience the Big Brum Open Top Buz as the tour develops pride in the city and unites the people of Birmingham. I would also like to show off Birmingham to all the schools in the UK!

The Birmingham Tours School Education Bus Tour is bookable all year round on a private basis. To discuss your requirements in more detail please contact Sue at Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 or email


Tuesday 25th March 2014

For the third year Highfield School in Saltley enjoyed two tours on the Big Brum Buz - even though it was raining a great time was had by all.

Thursday 20th March 2014

St Dunstans School in Kings Heath went out on the bus in lovely weather. I hope you like the picture of Mr Kenny the headmaster in front of the bus.

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Wednesday 19th March 2014

A great trip for the children of Galton Valley Primary School in Sandwell near Rolfe Street Station in Smethwick - after the tour the children visited the library and the bus then took them all back to school - I wish we could do more tours for the schools in Sandwell.

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Tuesday 18th March 2014

The first school from Coventry - Moseley Church of England Primary School arrived at Moor Street Station on the bus. After a comfort stop they boarded the Big Brum Open Top Buz for a tour of Birmingham. After the tour they visited the library and then made their way home again - well done to all the teachers who organised this trip.

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Monday 18th November 2013

St Matthews C of E Primary school on Duddeston Manor Road took in the highlights of Birmingham.

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21st October 2013

Great Barr Primary School enjoyed another really informative guided tour of Birmingham on a covered double decker bus which had access for wheelchair users.

2nd July 2013

St James C of E Primary School enjoyed a tour of the sights of Birmingham.

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14th June 2013

Bromsgrove School for the second year running enjoyed a Tolkien themed bus tour. A magic outing and fascinating excursion from Ian the guide.

7th June 2013

Summerfield Primary School checked out their city! brilliant!

29th May 2013

A tour of Birmingham on their own coach for Wroxton College.

24th May 2013 Broadway School

"Despite the cold and drizzle, a good time was had by all. The guide was very friendly and informative and the pupils all enjoyed the chance to really `see' the city they were living in. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes. Many thanks for arranging this for us" - kind regards Sue Shiel - Broadway School, Birmingham


Wednesday 1st May 2013

An exceptional educational tour for Hillstone School Primary School

Monday 22nd April 2013

An educational tour for City Road PrimarySchool which was hugely enjoyed by all who took part.

Tuesday 5th March 2013

St Dunstans School enjoyed a school tour on the Big Brum Open Top Bus. When the MAC was reopened back in 2010 it was St Dunstans children who came on the bus singing all the way from Kings Heath to the MAC as part of the celebrations.

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Monday 4th March 2013

For the second year running Highfield School in Saltley enjoyed two tours on the Big Brum Open Top Bus. When someone asks me why I run the bus, the answer is what could be better than seeing all the excited faces of the school children and hearing them scream when they went under Saltley Viaduct. I hope to have some photos shortly and the weather was amazing.

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Thursday 1st November 2012

Great Barr Primary School enjoyed a tour on the Big Brum Buz.

Tuesday 30th October 2012

Liverpool John Moores University organised a field trip to Birmingham with about 150 students. We provided two guided tours covering the whole hospitality offering of the city - I am sure they will have been impressed with what Birmingham has to offer - check out the photos below.

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Tuesday 16th October 2012

St Clements School Year 1 school children are reading a book called `The Naughty Bus' so they did a tour of Birmingham on the Big Brum Buz - they all had a fabulous time.

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Tuesday 10th October 2012

I was going to email you today anyway as I wanted to tell you how fab I thought Ian was.  He spoke amazing German (far better than mine!) which really helped, and the tour was interesting and he made it relevant to the school group which was great and then repeated some in German.  Everyone said how good it was, and I'd certainly come back again.

Mrs Anna Elliott, Co-ordinator of German, Head of Whittle
Southam College

Tuesday 9th October 2012

Halesowen College hired the bus for a tour of Birmingham for their tourism students. The guide emphasised the points they had to cover on their syllabus. We looked at Birmingham's appeal to visitors with regard to location, natural features, built attractions, range of accommodation, eating out, where to go shopping, local transport, sport and leisure, famous people.... Birmingham has it all!

Hi Sue,

Yes, we had a fab day thank you! Exactly what we were after and the weather was kind to us too. The guide was fantastic and very accommodating, please pass on our regards.

Many Thanks
Laura Lee Travel and Tourism Lecturer, Halesowen College
Whittingham Road, Halesowen, B63 3NA

Friday 5th October 2012

Plantsbrook School in Sutton Coldfield enjoyed a wonderful school outing to show off Birmingham to their French student friends - I hope they were impressed with their visit.

Tuesday 25th September 2012

St Edmunds and St Patricks School did a combined school trip on the Big Brum Open Top Buz - they took some amazing photographs and it did not rain after all - they must have some divine intervention!


Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September 2012

Tours for St Brigids School in Northfield - hugely popular, exciting and informative - no better way to develop pride in Birmingham.

A big "Thank you" for taking our 9-11 year old children on tours of Birmingham last week. The feedback from the children was excellent and they are now following up the stimulus provided by their Birmingham trip with work back in class. They are also putting together a dispaly using the photographs taken. I asked all the teachers what they thought and they all said that the guides were first rate and the trip served our purpose well and something the children will always remember.

Thank you again.
Barbara Joy. Assistant Head at St.Brigid's Primary School

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Wednesday 20th June 2012

A Tolkien themed tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz for Bromsgrove School - this is what they said.

Hello Sue,
Have been meaning to drop you a line.
We had a fantastic day on Wednesday. The kids (and teachers) really enjoyed it.
Special thanks to Ian and Matthew who were brilliant and made it a thoroughly worthwhile event.
I am in talks for it to happen again - perhaps as an all-day thing next year. I will also be recommending that the History dept look into a tour of the industrial heritage of the midlands, which I'm sure you will be able to provide.
Thanks for all of your efforts - I hope to speak you soon to arrange further outings.
Regards Dan Williams 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 16th, 17th, 18th May 2012

Amazing tours for Highfield School in Rowley Regis - we screamed under the bridges and had excellent informative educational tours.

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Our regular outing on the Big Brum Open Top Bus for Christ the King School

Monday 26th March 2012

Another wonderful school tour entitled Brilliant Brum for Highfield School in Saltley. Two year groups enjoyed the tour one after each other on an amazingly sunny day in Birmingham - Brilliant Brum is born!

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Tuesday 28th February 2012

My favourite tour again for the bus - two outings for Paget Primary School in Erdington. Here is a wonderful photo of the event


21st November 2011

Washwood Heath Technical College had a themed tour to inspire their college work.

30th September 2011

St Patricks and St Edmunds enjoyed a Proud to be Brummie tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz.

22nd June 2011

Christ the King School took in the sights of Birmingham on the Big Brum Open Top Buz.

February 2010

Both in February when the weather was very cold two of my favourite things to date this year have been the school trips for Christ the King Catholic Primary School and Hodge Hill Primary School – below are two of the letters I received from the children.

“I want to say thank you for organising our trip on the Big Brum Buz. It was really exciting when we went on top of the Buzz. Although it was cold I still enjoyed it. The best part I enjoyed was when we went past the huge Buildings that I have never seen before. We looked at the iron man and sketched the iron man. We saw the law courts and some police cars some builders working on some buildings” – Husna, 23rd March 2010, Hodge Hill Primary School.

“I am writing to express my gratitude to you for the exciting excursion that you organised for us. Although it was cold it was still the experience of a lifetime. When I saw the bus I felt full of glee happily, I rushed up to the top of the bus. As the bus started I looked around the air was like a panoramic view just sitting up in the sky. I saw millennium point, law courts, jewelry courts (golden mine) and Victoria square. We saw a lot of unique Victorian architecture also I learnt that it was terracotta in colour. I would like to say that I really liked the wonderful experience. I would like to go on the big brum buz again - yours sincerely Iraj 23rd March 2010, Hodge Hill Primary School.



Themed bus tours on the Big Brum Open Top Buz, covered double decker or your own coach by arrangement at any time of the year.

* Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour
* Birmingham Tours Educational School Bus Tour
* Tolkien/Hobbit Bus Tour
* Music Rocks Bus Tour - rhythms of the city

* Balti & food Bonanza Bus Tour
* Brewery Bus Tour
* Industrial Revolution Bus Tour - genius Matthew Boulton & the Industrial Revolution
* Factory Bus Tour
* Christmas Lights Bus Tour
* Birmingham Ghost Bus Tour
* Black Country Ghost Bus Tour
* Tennis Bus Tour - a tennis twist in the tale!
* Sport Special Bus Tour
* Broadcasts Bus Tour - your favourite shows including the Archers, Brum, Hustle, Survivors and Doctors
* Cardinal Newman Celebration Bus Tour
* Pugin Extravaganza Bus Tour
* Hidden Gems of the City Bus Tour
* Birmingham Tours Royal Bus Tour

Tours tailored to your organisation or school group requirements - (minimum numbers or minimum charge applies) - contact Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555, 078051 15998, email

Tickets for any fixed date themed bus tours must be booked in advance through Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998, email



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