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Birmingham Back to Backs
Ranked #1 of 280 things to do in Birmingham
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Last back to back housing in Birmingham - a really interesting tour from very knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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Birmingham
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267 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Step back in time”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Went to the carolevening and whilt very very cold enjoyed the whole experience, visited the houses and met inhabitants from various periods whilst they were in use and saw living conditions. Real eye opener and would recommend to all.

Visited December 2012
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Worth joining the National Trust for....”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

My two children (15 and 12) and I went to the Back to Backs to bring a school history project to life. I thought that it might be interesting to see just how small and cramped housing was. We had a little difficulty booking (the attraction is run by volunteers so you can only book by phone and when they are open - which means not on a Monday and only after 10.30am).. and I was a little frustrated that the B2Bs were fully booked for 4 dys ahead and I almost changed my mind!

The reason for booking is tht tours run every 15 minutes with only 8 people per tour. This means that they become booked up very quickly and you cannot just turn up on spec. We saw a few people try this while we were there and they were turned away disappointed.

But we trekked into Birmingham yesterday and joined the 1.30pm tour which was led by a charming and knowledgeable lady who did a fantastic job of bringing history from 1830 to 1966 to life. We were also lucky to have people who had lived in B2Bs on our group. They were able to bring their own experiences into the group and were encouraged to do so by the guide. The children were also engaged by being asked to try things.

This is a great way to get a feel for what life was like for the majority of people in industrial cities. Really worth going to. Thanks especially to the guides who give up their time for and share their knowledge and enthusiasm so well.

And the sweet shop is worth a stop too...

Go see for yourselves..

Visited March 2013
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Shropshire
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87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“How we used to live”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

What an eye opener, our guide was very informative in a way that was so easy to understand, he realy knew his stuff it was fascinating.

Visited February 2013
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“Great Day out not to be Missed”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Went to the Back to Backs as some of my family had lived in them years a go the tour Guide was excellent he explained everything.Their was two young boys in our group and he made
sure they were involved all the way around the three houses we visited. It makes you see how lucky we are living in the houses of today

Visited March 2013
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