Medieval to Modern - Introducing Birmingham
Taking a gentle stroll via busy shopping centres, quiet back roads and historic canal paths we discover how a small, medieval market town grew into a giant of the Industrial Revolution when Birmingham became known as 'the city of a thousand trades' and we hear stories behind the people who have helped to make my home city a modern day centre of commerce and culture.
For Shopaholics. . .
With the recent opening of the Grand Central Shopping Centre and refurbished 'Mailbox' we now have most of the major department stores on our doorstep plus a variety of smaller independent shops to explore. Not to mention our famous Bull Ring and markets that have been trading since the first market charter was granted to the medieval lord Peter de Bermingham in 1156.
If you are arriving by train I am pleased to say that the £700 million pound redeveloped New Street Station is fully open providing much needed improvements for the 170, 000 passengers passing through England's 2nd busiest railway station every day.
Birmingham's motto is 'Forward' and we will see how fitting this is as the city is constantly evolving. We meet at the agreed point and begin our walk from the famous 'Bull Ring' around which, the medieval market town of Birmingham was founded. From here we continue through bustling main streets and quiet back roads, through Victoria Square and into the area known as 'Paradise' - currently undergoing extensive regeneration. We make a brief visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where you can see the famous Pre Raphaelite collection and the Saxon Hoard. At the new Library of Birmingham we visit the secret garden where we can enjoy far reaching panoramic views of the city and surrounding areas. After this we continue through Brindley Place and Gas Street where we discover why Birmingham has the reputation for having "more canals than Venice". Our canal side stroll brings us to the Mailbox with its variety of high end stores and wide variety of restaurants and cafes. We end our tour at the agreed point
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your city centre hotel or business address or Grand Central Railway Station (also referred to as New Street Station)
End location: At your city centre hotel or business address or Grand Central Railway Station (also referred to as New Street Station)
Duration: 3 hours
This tour takes approximately three hours subject to whether you decide to stop for refreshments. If you have a specific area of interest that you would like me to cover Eg. Pre Raphaelites or The Saxon Hoard in Birmingham Art Gallery or would like to take in some shopping, then duration can be adjusted accordingly.
This is a walking tour along good surfaces. Birmingham is quite a hilly city and the walk will include some easy to moderate gradients.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 British pounds - If you decide you would like to have some refreshments you may like to try a typical English afternoon tea; alternatively, there are a number of restaurants and cafes I can recommend including vegetarian. For a 2 course meal you would need to allow approximately 12 to 20 British pounds.
Should you have luggage with you I would recommend leaving at the Left Luggage facility at New Street Station. Current costs are: - Per bag-£6.00 up to 3 hours. Per bag-£8.00, 3 to 24 hours.
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We had a wonderful experience of Birmingham! Thanks to Diane who is very friendly, accommodating and professional in giving us a tour of Birmingham! It was a very personal and warm experience that gave us a very good impression of the city. She was very mindful of our needs and went out of her way to accommodate them. She even used her car to take us around the city and took us to the train station so we can buy our tickets back to Leicester.