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Walking Tours 2014

Birmingham Tours provides private guided walking tours all the year round.

Below are just some of the themed walking tours that are available. Contact Sue at Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 or email enquiries@birmingham-tours.co.uk

Walks by arrangement at any time of the year

Welcome to Birmingham Big Brum Bonanza Walk, Birmingham Tours Graveyard Ghost Walk - murder, mystery & suspense - a night of dark deeds! Birmingham Tours City Ghost Walk - ghosts, ghouls & spooks - a night on the town, Birmingham Tours More Canals than Venice Walk, Birmingham Tours Jewellery Quarter Walk - diamonds are forever!, Birmingham Tours Real Ale Walk, Green Man walks, Children's Challenge Walks and Talks, Art and Architecture in the City, Our Literary Heritage, Gothic Pugin, Chocolate Bournville, Bartley Green Bash, Industrial Revolution - where the Lunar men lie and more! Contact Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/ 078051 15998, or email enquiries@birmingham-tours.co.uk

BIRMINGHAM TOURS WALKS

BIRMINGHAM TOURS GRAVEYARD GHOST WALK - MURDER, MYSTERY & SUSPENSE!

Buried just below the surface of the city are the remains of hundreds of thousands of long dead citizens. Hear about their hard, often violent lives and tragic deaths and discover where their spirits still roam the streets today. Our tour will take you from the heart of the city in St Philip's church yard to the atmospheric coffin factory and the chilling catacombs in the unique Jewellery Quarter.

BIRMINGHAM TOURS CITY GHOST WALK - GHOSTS, GHOULS AND SPOOKS - A NIGHT ON THE TOWN!

Beneath the surface of modern, bustling Birmingham lies a long history of dark deeds. Let us take you on an alternative walk through the city's past, retelling stories which may haunt you long after the sun has gone down. We can promise tales of plague, public execution, hauntings and murder most foul along the way - join us and explore the darker side of the city!

BIRMINGHAM TOURS REAL ALE WALK

The Hockley Loop Real Ale Trail - meet the ales - Purity Mad Goose, Wye Valley Butty Bach, Two Towers

Join Andy or Nigel - landlord and all round character! from the Wellington Pub on a fascinating walk featuring some of the most exciting real ale pubs in the city. The Wellington has been the winner of CAMRA best real ale pub for a number of years. 800 micro breweries in the UK including the Two Towers Brewery and the Aston Brewing Company - real ale bucks the trend. The walk lasts approximately 2 hours and includes a taste of the best real in Brum. Prepare to be entertained, amused and intrigued on this unique walk in Birmingham - a tale of real ale, architecture, history and culture.

WELCOME TO BIRMINGHAM BIG BRUM BONANZA WALK

The walk starts at the mediaeval centre around St Martin’s Church and the Bullring including the latest `shop till you drop’ iconic building of Selfridges. Did you know that approximately 16,000 aluminium discs reside on a concrete background painted in Yves Klein blue! Follow the time line to Victorian Birmingham and the 21st century of Queen Elizabeth II. Discover the hidden secrets of the city - where is the little black dog, the smallest woman? New Street, Victoria Square, Centenary Square, the ICC, Symphony Hall, Brindley Place. The walk finishes at Gas Street Basin to look at the canal system which played a major role in the industrialisation of the city – learn about Birmingham’s unique past, architectural heritage and the people who put Birmingham on the map.

This is the ultimate Birmingham walk which can be used for any event.

BIRMINGHAM TOURS MORE CANALS THAN VENICE WALKS

A guided tour around the Silver Cross – starting from Gas Street Basin the walk encompasses the Old Turn Junction, Oozel Street Loop and the flight of Farmer’s Bridge Locks on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. Find out how the Duke of Bridgewater influenced the development of the canal network. Where was Birmingham's first gas works? Can you find the site of Cadbury's first chocolate factory and on the site of which restaurant was the first recording of the Archers made in 1951?

BIRMINGHAM TOURS JEWELLERY QUARTER WALK - diamonds are forever!

A unique guided tour around the Jewellery Quarter learning about its colourful past and present day glory. Visit St. Paul’s Square, the last remaining Georgian Square in Birmingham and the `jewellers’ church where Matthew Boulton, pioneer of the Industrial Revolution worshipped. Discover the architecture of the buildings around the square particularly those converted into workshops called 'shopping' where jewellery of all sorts has been manufactured over the centuries. Find the 'Golden Triangle' and marvel at the Chamberlain Memorial Clock, Key Hill cemetery – where many of Birmingham’s illustrious citizens are buried, Warstone Lane cemetery – site of the glacial War Stone and the Druids grave, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, the Pen Museum, the Assay Office to name but a few of the fascinating sites on this hidden gem of a walk!

BRUM GREEN MAN WALK – MYTHS, MONSTERS & LEGENDS!

The Green Man was carved by mediaeval masons on many churches and cathedrals. He has a face with foliage growing from his mouth, his eyes and nose and is believed to symbolise the spirits of nature or re-birth. He became less common during Elizabethan times but enjoyed a huge resurgence in the Victorian building of Birmingham. In Birmingham city centre there are 25 sites containing over 150 Green Men.

A fun, light hearted, entertaining walk which lasts approximately 2 hours. All you need is a sense of humour, good eyesight and imagination – and a pair of binoculars will help!

These walks are led by Birmingham born Dr Colin Harris who, as well as having experience in education, has spent many years running walks on this and other subjects.

CHILDRENS CHALLENGE WALKS & TALKS

Perfect for school parties - guided tours from St Martin’s Church to Brindley Place. These are fun, light hearted, entertaining walks discovering how Birmingham developed, the 'names' that made Birmingham great and how many animals, fishs and birds can be found! Sit on the steps near St Martin’s and find the cockrel, see the fish in the pond of the Floozi in the Jacuzzi, where is the little black dog Ebony in Victoria Square? Walks designed to suit your school study and year group - talks at your school – slide show suited to your school study and the year group by arrangement.

BIRMINGHAM DIGBETH DEEDS – A TALE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!

A thousand years of history – from a tiny riverside village to a modern global city, this entertaining tour explores a millennium of Birmingham history as we walk through the oldest part of town. Discover what made Birmingham great – metal bashing and pottery, how the area has changed, find out what the future holds and meet some of the characters who have made it all possible. From a cup of Typhoo tea, chips with HP sauce to a pudding brought to light with Bird’s custard. Round it all off with a drink in Birmingham’s oldest and most haunted pub – the Old Crown Inn.

BIRMINGHAM LITERARY HERITAGE WALK - FROM AWDRY'S THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, CARTLAND'S ROMANCE TO TOLKIEN'S FANTASY, BIRMINGHAM HAS A UNIQUE LITERARY HERITAGE

A walk through England’s second city, showcasing its historic canals, grand Victorian buildings and contemporary architecture. Follow in the footsteps of great names like Tolkien and Washington Irving, discover local authors and poets, explore the city’s role as a cultural centre and its links to numerous modern writers. Find out how Birmingham was the first to introduce a free library, how libraries helped Birmingham to grow and how the city bought widespread literacy to the world.

BIRMINGHAM'S GREEN GYM - CULTURE AND FITNESS ROLLED INTO ONE - PRIDE IN YOUR CITY

Starring Birmingham’s cultural highlights this central city walk can be used again as a lunch time walk or jog to keep fit – join the Green Gym route – we are looking for a sponsor to print a map of this route – if you can help please email Sue at enquiries@birmingham-tours.co.uk

BIRMINGHAM FAMOUS NAMES

Discover the famous names that make Birmingham great. From the Golden Boys of the Industrial Revolution – Matthew Boulton, Watt and Murdoch to our Victorian hero Joseph Chamberlain and our present day stars from football to music.

BIRMINGHAM 'SECRET' TOURS

A magical mystery tour discovering parts of the city you may have not seen before from the Shakespeare library, Lord Mayor’s parlour, Big Brum vantage point, the Assay office silver to the Dolman Street Museum collection.

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