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Birmingham Tours set up in 2001 by Heart of England Blue Badge Guide Sue Behan, specialises in providing friendly professional guides for walking and driving tours of Birmingham to make your stay in the city an enjoyable unique experience. We offer private themed walks and coach/bus tours all the year round and the Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour on a seasonal basis.
The bus is available for private hire at any time throughout the year. As a not for profit organisation we aim to promote and unite the people of Birmingham.
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Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour - chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for science, medicine, education, culture, sport and art - Birmingham has it all!
A live guided exciting adventure through the UK’s second city – the Brummagem tour explores the commercial centre and highlights the global city with a local heart. Following the road to the unique Jewellery Quarter which really emphasises why Birmingham was known as the city of a thousand trades in Victorian times we then travel along Broad Street – the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys. Picking up the highway to leafy Edgbaston – home of Birmingham University and the international cricket ground we link up with the Tolkien trail and the world famous Cardinal Newman Oratory. Finally, entering the city through the Eastside extravaganza we get the full panoramic view of St Martin’s Parish Church and the new state of the art Bullring shopping complex with the iconic building of Selfridges.
In 2013 the bus as a hop on hop off tour by request will be running on a fixed date basis from 27th April to 29th September every weekend at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30 from Victoria Square, except for the first Sunday of the month from May to October when we become the Museum Heritage Bus linking the community museums of Birmingham City Council.
The tour with a live guide lasts for approximately one hour twenty minutes depending on traffic and is the very best way to explore the city.
Tickets for the Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing tour can be purchased on the bus or booked in advance in person at the Birmingham Central Library Reception or online by clicking here or ring the Oxboffice booking line on 0845 6801926.Check out the bus tours page for further information on how to buy your tickets and ticket prices.
To download the 2013 flyer click here
Exciting news - we have just had a new promotional video produced of the Big Brum Buz tour - check it out here
Alterations to running of Big Brum Buz tour times as follows:
Saturday 14th September - tickets cannot be booked for the 12.30 tour as it is free of charge as part of Heritage Open Days and bookings are being taken by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing Birmingham have produced an amazing new video to promote the city - check it out here
SO WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE BIG BRUM BUZ
Saturday 27th April 2013
HOT OFF THE PRESS! At the start of the season of the Big Brum Buz we launched the Big Brum Open Top Buz Book which takes a unique look at Birmingham through the `eyes' of the bus. Sir Albert Bore leader of the Council, other councillors and friends joined us for a tour of the city and then a reception at the top of the Cube kindly sponsored by Mark Davies of Hotel Indigo and Marco Pierre White restaurant.
If you would like to purchase the Big Brum Open Top Buz Book please follow the link to our Birmingham Tours Souvenirs page. The book is also available to purchase on the bus or at selected outlets.
This is the press release which was sent out to anyone and everyone!
To see press coverage of the event click on the links below.
Monday 17th June 2013 - the Big Brum Buz will be running tours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week for Birmingham University Open Days. This means that the 2.30 tour on Saturday 22nd June 2013 will not be running.
We will providing the bus for the Dolman Street Museums Collection Centre Open Days on 2nd June and 18th August 2013. Tour times are as follows - Victoria Square 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm - leaving MCC at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30. For further information please get in touch with the centre by following this link.
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING WITH THE BIG BRUM BUZ - CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK OR HIGHLIGHTS 2013 PAGE
Friday 7th June - a brilliant educational tour for Summerfield Primary School
Saturday 25th May - the Big Brum Buz was the lead bus in the Pride Parade
Friday 24th May - a wonderful educational tour for 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
Sunday 19th May - Free Radio ran their annual charity event to raise money for Walk for Kids. To check out their video of the day click here
Friday 17th May - Tipton Youth Football Club celebrated all their wins with a drive through the town on the Big Brum Buz- "Sue - the bus and Mick was fab - all of our club had a great time - it will stay in our kids memory's for ever - we would like to book the the bus at the end of next season weekend if poss - thank you for hiring the bus to us it was great"
Sunday 12th May - the Big Brum Buz provided a Tolkien themed tour starting at Sarehole Mill as part of Middle Earth Weekend
Wednesday 1st May - an exceptional educational tour for Hillstone School Primary School
Monday 22nd April - an exciting educational tour for City Road Primary School
Saturday 20th April - St Georges Day - free half hour taster tours - totally full - thank you to everyone who donated to the charity bucket.
Sunday 17th March - St Patricks Day Parade - a truly fabulous spectacle.
Sunday 10th March - the Big Brum Buz provided the transport for Shakir's wedding which took place at the New Bingley Hall. The bus was beautifully decorated and everyone looked amazing.
Tuesday 5th March - 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 - you can see some of the photos on our highlights 2013 page.
Monday 4th March - 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.
Saturday 16th February - Princess Productions came to Birmingham to film a dance group from the city called Antics. The five boys performed on "Got to Dance" hosted by Davina McCall on Sky One on Sunday 3rd March. The bus formed a backdrop to the story of where the boys came from. If you want to find out more about Antics check out their website here and for some fabulous pictures check out our highlights 2013 page.
PROMOTIONAL QUIZ QUESTION
Birmingham Tours website has a google ranking of PR4 and an average of 2500 hits a day. Would you like to participate in a promotional event we are doing this year?
PROMOTIONAL HOTEL & GROUP ORGANISERS OFFER
We would like to put forward a suggestion to all group organisers and hotels in and around Birmingham that we all promote Days Out in Birmingham.
PROMOTIONAL CHARITY OFFER
Any of our bus or walking tours can be used for charity events. Someone contacted me recently and said that people were bored being asked for money with nothing in return - so true! However, they also did not understand how they could use any of our tours to raise money.
For further information for all the promotional offers please check out the Friends of the Big Brum Buz page by following the link.
For the Big Brum Buz sightseeing experience, fixed date and ideas for private bus tours check out our Days Out in Birmingham or the Bus Tours page. Birmingham Tours Tolkien Bus Tour, Birmingham Tours Music Rocks Bus Tour - rhythms of the city, Birmingham Tours Balti Bus Tour, Genius! Matthew Boulton & the birth of Modern Birmingham, Birmingham Tours Tennis Bus tour - a tale with a twist! Birmingham Sport Special Bus Tour, Birmingham Tours Royal Bus tour and many more.
Big Brum Open Top Buz
The Big Brum Open Top Buz is available all the year round for themed guided tours - check out our Bus Tours or the Days Out in Birmingham page.The Big Brum Open Top Buz is also available all the year round for general transportation including weddings. The Big Brum Open Top Buz is the perfect vehicle to transport your guests with a capacity of up to 75 seats. Decorated to suit your style - it is different, it is exciting, it is special.
For ideas for private walks check out our Walking Tours page. Birmingham Tours Ghost Walk - ghosts, ghouls & spooks - a night on the town! Birmingham Tours Jewellery Quarter Walk - diamonds are forever, Gothic Pugin, the Big Brum Welcome to Birmingham Bonanza Walk - the perfect introduction to the city, Birmingham Tours More Canals than Venice Walk, Birmingham's Literary Heritage, Birmingham Tours Real Ale Walk, Art and Architecture, Catholics & Cathedrals, Murder, Mystery and Suspense, Heroes and Villains and many more.
Days out in Birmingham
Package tours can be arranged to suit your specific requirements. Start with the Big Brum Welcome to Birmingham Bonanza Walk or panoramic coach tour to get a snapshot of the city. Either tour can be used for any event and are totally flexible - combine them with whatever interests your group - you will find the answer in Birmingham. A walk along the canal with a trip on a narrow boat. A walk around the Bullring, time for shopping, visit the Back to Back Houses. Cadbury's World, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Suggested itineraries for group organisers are available on our Days out in Birmingham page.
Client focused solutions that are tailored to your requirements. We can offer a very special event for any occasion. We cater for large or small groups. Themed walks, birthday parties, Easter or Christmas present, corporate entertainment, children's walks, school parties. If you have any particular language requirements please let us know as we cater for most of the major European and Scandinavian languages � check out www.europatranslations.com.
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A little bit about Birmingham - England's second city in the centre of the country with a unique industrial heritage, close to Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle, The Cotswolds. Top attractions include Cadbury World - Birmingham's very own chocolate paradise, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - home to one of the world's finest collections of pre-Raphaelite paintings, the National SEALIFE Centre, the Back to Back Houses, Thinktank – Birmingham’s Science Museum, the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Opened in 2003 Bull Ring offers the ultimate shopping experience with its flagship stores Selfridges and Debenhams.
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