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

By Positively Birmingham Walking Tours
Recommended by 98% of travelers
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Ages 6-90, max of 35 per group
Duration: 2h
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  • 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
What's not included
  • This tour may use an audio system - but not always.


Departure details
  • Library of Birmingham, Centenary Sq, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA, UK We start and end at the main entrance of the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square, B1 2EA
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101902P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour
  • 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.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour?
How much is From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour?
From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour price starts from $22.57. Discover and book From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour cancellation policy?
From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour?
From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour is hosted by Positively Birmingham Walking Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Positively Birmingham Walking Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101902P3

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Library of Birmingham
    Centenary Sq, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA, UK
    We start and end at the main entrance of the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square, B1 2EA
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  • 1
    Library of Birmingham
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    International Convention Centre Birmingham
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Brindleyplace
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    Gas Street Basin
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Victoria Square
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 6
    Chamberlain Square
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
    Stop: 2 minutes - Admission included
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  • 8
    The Mailbox
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
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  • 9
    The Cube
    Stop: 1 minute - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Ikon Gallery
  • 10
    Hall of Memory
    Stop: 5 minutes
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Niamh C
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Fantastic tour!
A brilliant walking tour, Jonathan was a fantastic host, very knowledgable about the area and history. Lots of inte
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Jewellery Quarter hidden gems
Jonathan was super friendly and made everyone feel included and at ease, always making sure the whole group were to
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Insightful and uplifting
Our tour guide Jonathan was fabulously insightful. He made the tour a very interesting and an enjoyable experience.
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ruthfI7019WG
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Discovering Birminghams Jewell’s Quarter
Really great afternoon. Really high class information and insights into Birmingham’s past. Jonathon was a really a
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SausSutton
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Top Class Street Art/History/Geography Tour!!!
Fantastic tour. Our tour guide Jonathan was top class. So passionate, friendly and insightful about Birmingham. H
naturallypaul
naturallypaul
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Good informative tour, explaining a significant part of Birmingham's history
Lovely well paced tour (at least for me!), giving an interesting insight into Birmingham's history. Despite reserva
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Highly recommended
A particularly interesting tour, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthsiastic about the area. I highly rec
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Digbeth, Public Art and Peaky Blinders
Our third walking tour with Jonathan and brilliant as the others have been. A fascinating part of Birmingham with s
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Will definately go again
Great tour, guide is very knowledgible.If you have the time go!If you havent make the time and then go.
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craigbG9495YR
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Recomended Walking Tour to the Jewellery Quarter
I would totally recommend this walking tour, as Jonathan makes it exciting and fun, and is very knowledgeable on th
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vin b
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Brilliant Street Art & Peaky Blinders.
We really enjoyed this tour and Johnathon is very engaging and interacted in a friendly and amusing way with all o
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tarowberry4
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Brilliant for Brummies!
John was kind, friendly, very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions that were asked. A really informative
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SuperStreet Art
Jonathon is a very knowledgable guide and as a Brummie born and bred he took us to places I had no idea about ,the
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Digbeth - Public Art and Peaky Blinders walking tour
As always with Positively Birmingham Tours, our guide Jonathan was well-researched, professional and enthusiastic.
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A great insight into a historic as well as vibrant contemporary part of Birmingham
A very enjoyable walking tour of a fascinating part of Birmingham. Our tour guide Jonathan was friendly and knowled
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Akilah W
1 contribution
Jul 2022
I booked a walking tour with Jonathan, for my team, as part of a team building event and it was great. Jonathan was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Keeping the group engaged, even with an early morning start after a long day previously. Talking to the group about the new and historical facts about Birmingham City

I would 100% recommend booking a tour with Jonathan.
Written July 13, 2022
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Thanks - yes it was a fun tour and good to meet you all.
Written July 18, 2022
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lBryan M
2 contributions
Our guide Jonathan took us on a 2 hour tour of some of Birmingham's historically significant landmarks offering a huge range of insights and background information, all presented in an amusing and engaging manner. Great value with profits going to a local Birmingham charity so was happy to make an additional donation at the end of the tour for the locally produced Acme referred whistle. Would strongly recommend this and other Positively Birmingham tours above other less genuine providers.
Written April 24, 2022
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HI - Thanks so much for you feedback and really glad you enjoyed the walking tour. We have been running tours now pretty much every week since July 2016 and it has been great to build up a new attraction for Birmingham. You can find out more about our tours on the Positively Birmingham walking tour website.
Written April 25, 2022
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Dominic W
Shepton Mallet, UK7 contributions
Nov 2022
Birmingham is a hardy city to navigate if you're not from there. To an outsider its layout is unconventional and hard to read - it seems to be a disparate jumble of shopping centres, tower blocks and redevelopment sites crammed into the collar of a massive concrete ring road.

Jonathan's tour unlocks the hidden history of the highs and lows of a fascinating and important city through the buildings and landmarks that can still be found there. He is a great guide - engaging, fun and articulate and clearly loves the city and its layers.

If you want to get to know more about Birmingham, architecture and British history, then I can't recommend this tour enough.
Written December 2, 2022
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Thanks so much for your feedback. We really love showing people around this city and the feedback is so helpful in showing we are on the right track. We now have a new tour of the Digbeth part of the city - it runs for the public on Saturday mornings and is receiving great reviews - do come along when you have some time.
Written January 1, 2023
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Valerie L
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Solo
I had a fantastic time walking around the city with Michael. He is knowledgeable and gave us insights to things we would have otherwise missed or not given much thought to. Having the audio receiver definitely helps when the city was so lively. Also, a portion of the tour fee goes to charities supporting the homeless!!
Written December 11, 2022
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Thanks - yes, Michael has incredible knowledge of the city. Glad you enjoyed it. The audio system is certainly a tremendous way of ensuring our guests have an amazing experience - our system has been in use now for five years on our tours and has made an incredible difference.
Written January 1, 2023
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Sherrianne
2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
My first time in Birmingham and this tour made it a fantastic experience! Visited and learnt a great deal from our extremely knowledgeable guide, Jonathan, who kept the tour interesting and fun throughout. I also very much appreciated that safety was a priority and our guide altered the route we took so that we could avoid places that were overly crowded, whilst still providing us an insightful tour of the city. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Written November 20, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to write s review. Yes, when the anti-vaccers come to Birmingham we certainly alter our route to keep well away from them like on this tour. Interesting and fun - yes that is the magic mix we continually try and deliver and thanks so much for being part of it. You can see all our upcoming tours on our Positively Birmingham walking tour website.
Written December 6, 2021
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John S
2 contributions
Aug 2020
The canal walk leading into the Jewelry Quarter and that area itself, which I had never visited, was suberb.
We were lead at a comfortable pace with numerous stops at which we heard a huge amount about the city's past and more recent history. All given with good humour and had us all smiling/laughing
I would strongly recommend you book a walk for a very informative and enjoyable 2 hrs
Written August 30, 2020
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Yes, that was a fun tour and exactly what we aim for on our slightly laid back and sideways view of Birmingham. You can find out more about our walking tours on the Positively Birmingham website.
Written August 31, 2020
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Soleil_rouge25
Birmingham, UK108 contributions
Sep 2022 • Business
I contacted Positively Birmingham to organise a walking trip for my team. Jonathan got in touch and asked about what we would like to cover. On the day, he led the dozen of us through the main landmarks, stopping at every occasion to give us entertaining and informative anecdotes. He catered to all our professional backgrounds and kept us engaging the whole time. His wit, humour, knowledge and appreciation of history were a privilege to witness and kept everyone amused.
It’s my 10th year living in Brum and I didn’t know 99% of what Jonathan shared with us. I wish I met him when I first arrived to truly appreciate the entrepreneurial roots of this city and how fast it’s changing. THANK YOU Positively Birmingham, it was a great day and will be cherished by all of us!
Totally recommend, worth every penny and every step!
Written October 6, 2022
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Jonathan R
Berkhamsted, UK5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Interesting and eclectic view of Birmingham from a locals point of view. The walk combined the historical and modern perspective of both the art and architecture with the effects of the built landscape on the everyday lives of those who lived and still live in the city.
Two hours is both too long for taster and too short to do justice to the diversity of this complex city .
Jonathan was an informed and entertaining guide though the pace was a little fast at times and older participants might struggle to keep up . All in all worthy of 5 stars as the history is compelling and delivered with humour and passion.
Written June 12, 2022
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HI - Thanks for taking the time to feedback. Yes, 'eclecticism' is a good word to look at some aspects of this city which is certainly reflected in our tours. We do try and modify the speed of our tours to suit the slowest person in the group - sometimes, like on your tour actually taking 0.5 km out of the route! Do come on our Sunday tour some time when you are in Birmingham again - it follows on from the Saturday tour and has some surprises along the way. Check all our tour dates and times on the Positively Birmingham walking tour website.
Written June 12, 2022
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wendy
2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We had a great time. Jonathan was a fantasy guide, very knowledgeable and has lots of interesting facts about Birmingham since the 1300s to present day. The audio sets were a great addition as Jonathan can talk to everyone whilst walking between stops.
We saw lots of places we hadn’t seen before and would go back to. Jonathan made the experience interactive and encourages questions from the group. The tour lasts 2 hours.
Written February 27, 2022
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Thanks so much for you helpful review. As well as our weekend public tours we now have a brand new Peaky Blinder back-story tour. This half-day tour is suitable for up to four guests and visits key locations in the city associated with Peaky Blinders as well as taking the 'secret canal' to the Jewellery Quarter. See the Positively Birmingham website for full details.
Written February 27, 2022
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Valerio L
London, UK5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Thank you very much Jonathan for such fascinating tour around Birmingham city center. I and my partner truly enjoyed. We would definitely recommend this tour to someone looking for understanding the city historical background and fascinated by industrial revolution.
Written October 9, 2021
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Great to have you along and explain a bit about how Birmingham became the amazing place we find it today. Do come on our Sunday tour when you are next in the city. You can find out details of all our tours on the Positively Birmingham website.
Written October 10, 2021
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