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Tolkien / Hobbit Bus Tour

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To celebrate the life of John Ronald Raul Tolkien in Birmingham we will be running a guided Tolkien / Hobbit Bus Tour on the Big Brum Buz

Our `unexpected journey‘ will highlight the area around Sarehole Mill which is said to have been the model for `The Shire‘ the home of the hobbits and Moseley Bog which is recalled in Tolkien’s description of the `Old Forest’ last of the primeval wild woods where `Tom Bombadil’ lived.

The route will take us past his home in Moseley where he could take a tram to King Edward’s School in the centre of the city and progresses to St Anne’s Church where the family worshipped when Tolkien’s mother became a Catholic. The trail continues on to the Oratory – the foremost Catholic Church in Birmingham, home to Cardinal Newman and passes a number of houses in the Ladywood area where Tolkien lived – the one in Highfield Road being identified by a blue plaque.

Living in this area it is possible to see that the Two Towers – Perrotts Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower would be the basis of the `Two Towers of Gondor’ – Minas Morgul and Minas Tirith. Your guide will bring alive the background which led to the creation of these original fantasy novels.

Booking information

Date:  Sadly the Tolkien/Hobbit bus tour is no longer running

Time: 2.30pm

Meeting Point: end of Colmore Row, corner of Waterloo Street, Victoria Square next to the Council House.

Length of tour: The tour lasts approximately one and a half to two hours finishing back at  Victoria Square.

Cost: £12.00 per person – tickets must be booked in advance through Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 or email 

We reserve the right to cancel the tour if minimum numbers are not reached.

Link this tour with a visit to Sarehole Mill or the Birmingham Oratory.


June 2015

Fortune Travel with their own coach had a private Tolkien tour – we have been spreading the Tolkien story to students from Singapore – brilliant.


“Thank you so much for great day on Monday. The double decker was really great fun and we were so lucky with the weather.  I am sure that Ken enjoyed our company and had a good day.  We enjoyed his safe driving.

Everyone enjoyed the info we got from Ian and so many of the delegates were so impressed with Birmingham as most thought that there was nothing beyond the NEC”  – Clivemark

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