Scheduling a tour into your stay is a great way for your group to experience Birmingham and the Region.
There are a whole host of different tours available from Blue Badge themed tours to behind the scenes tours of the BBC Birmingham Studios, available tours include...
Blue Badge themed walks
Blue Badge Tourist Guides are qualified to work in a specific region or area, in this case the Heart of England, which includes Birmingham and the West Midlands, offering both walking and coach tours, often themed for a groups requirement. They are trained to not only bring history to life, but to entertain and look after their group, as well as advice on how best to spend the day.
The Blue Badge is a national qualification awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the national organisation, which many of the professional tourist guides are registered with. Tours are normally conducted in English, but can be conducted in a variety of other languages, including French, German and Spanish. Discover what the area has to offer, with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide!
To book a Blue Badge guided tour, please visit the Guides section for contact details.
BBC Birmingham Tours
This tour gives you the chance to visit the home of BBC Birmingham, which hosts a number of popular shows such as The Archers and Midlands Today, as well as BBC WM.
Take a peek behind the scenes and then take part in some interactive fun.
BBC Tours guides will give a fascinating insight into the many programmes originating from BBC Birmingham and tell you the inside story of what it takes to get them from script to screen.
See the 24/7 BBC News online facilities where they deal with up to 300 stories a day.
BBC Birmingham is a working building so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and entertaining.
Tours last up to one and a half hours and involve a certain amount of walking and standing. The building is wheelchair accessible. All children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 and 13:30. Evening tours will run one Thursday a month.
Adult - £9.25
Concession (aged 60 and over) - £8.50
Student - £7.50
Child (under 16) - £7.00
To book please visit bbc.co.uk/tours, please note there is a maximum of 17 people per tour.
Aston Villa Football Club stadium tours
Visit Aston Villa for an unforgettable day out at one of the oldest stadiums in the country. Take a behind-the-scenes tour around the famous ground that boasts traditional heritage with state-of-the-art facilities.
Tours take place on Wednesday, Friday and selected Sundays within the month. If there is a match tours cannot take place that day, the afternoon before or the morning after.
Group discounts are available by calling 0800 612 0950, for more information visit avfc.co.uk/page/StadiumTours
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Stadium
The Museum is split into zones with a Games Zone perfect for kids and adults alike! and also History, Stadium and Sport Science Zones. Other sections include The Hall of Fame along with a 30 person capacity cinema showing an exclusive, specially commissioned film about the Club.
For groups of ten or more visitors there is a discounted group booking price available, please call +44 (0)871 222 1877 or visit wolvesmuseum.co.uk.
Birmingham City Football Club stadium tours
Have you ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes at St. Andrew's…where your favourite player sits in the changing rooms or what it feels like to walk out of the players' tunnel?
With a guided tour of the home of Birmingham City FC which leads you into areas usually reserved only for the players, this is your chance to find out. Join our friendly tour guide as he takes you on a journey behind the scenes and shares tales with you and answers your questions about the club and players, past and present.
The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours and includes:
- The Birmingham City FC home dressing room
- The visitors' dressing room
- The press room
- Pitchside and managers' dugouts
- Television interview rooms
- Walk through the players' tunnel
To book call +44 (0)844 557 1875 option 2 or visit bcfc.com
Birmingham Whiskey Club
A private whisky-tasting event can be pre-booked for an evening during your trip to Birmingham with local whisky experts, 'The Birmingham Whisky Club'. They tailor and theme the tasting to meet your interests and experience and work with a number of excellent venues in and around Birmingham city centre who would play host to it. Prices start at £30 per head, for a two and a half hour tasting, for a minimum of 10 people.
Guided tour of RAF Museum Cosford
A team of volunteer guides can be pre-booked for tours of the museum. A standard tour takes in all the hangars or can be focused to one area such as the National Cold War Exhibition. Guided tours cost £20 per guide for a group of up to 12 people.
For those passing through on route, the museum makes for an unusual and unique refreshment stop. With Free Admission and Free Coach parking, Cosford truly is an accessible location for that all important comfort break.
Canal boat trips in Birmingham
With more miles of canal than Venice, there are plenty of beautiful views, stunning modern developments like the Cube and restored industrial heritage buildings to enjoy during a peaceful boat journey in Birmingham. So why not discover the city from a different angle and join a fascinating tour of Birmingham’s many waterways with Sherborne Wharf or Away2Canal.
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A trip into Dudley’s limestone caverns
Don’t miss the Canal Trust in Dudley for a memorable tour of the waterways. At the Canal Trust you can experience over 420 million years of history in 45 minutes on a canal trip into Dudley’s limestone caverns. Marvel at the impressive limestone caverns carved by men to access raw material to power the industrial revolution.
For enquiries please contact +44 (0)121 557 6265 or visit dudleycanaltrust.org.uk. Special offers available for groups of 20 or more.
Alternative Tours offer a range of bespoke, 'behind the scenes' tours specialising in the Balti Triangle, the Jewellery Quarter and Digbeth. These are aimed at groups of between 10 and 50 people and satisfied customers include University of the Third Age, Common Purpose, Unity Bank, and NADFAS.
Familiarisation visits can be organised for VIPs, journalists, prospective investors and the media. Clients have included the New York Times, Scandinavian Airlines and the Daily Mirror. Alternative Tours also design and publish free visitor guides including the highly successful 'Essential Guide to the Jewellery Quarter' and 'Dig Digbeth'. The two business partners in Alternative Tours are Anna Gibson and Andy Munro, both passionate Brummies who believe so many people, both visitor and residents alike, miss out on sampling the delights of areas which are truly unique to the City.
Anna has vast experience in previous roles marketing the city. Andy led on the successful regeneration of the Jewellery Quarter for over ten years whilst he has championed the famous Birmingham Balti. This manifested itself in the Essential Street Balti Guide and, more recently, a bid to Europe to trademark the Birmingham Balti. He has also recently published the definitive history of this iconic dish, ‘Going For A Balti’.
Jaguar Factory Tour
Back in our parents’ day, the thought of going to a car factory for a nice day out would have seemed crazy. But times have changed, and Jaguar’s modern assembly plant at Castle Bromwich is no ordinary factory.
Castle Bromwich has been the home of Jaguar since 1977, and today produces the XJ luxury flagship and the thrilling F-TYPE sports car. The technically-minded will enjoy seeing robots rivet and bond the aerospace-inspired aluminium bodies that make Jaguar cars so light, strong and agile.
But everyone, whether petrolhead or youngster, will enjoy seeing these sleek machines coming together and hearing the rasp of their V6 and V8 engines as they come to life. As a bonus, if you’re considering a Jaguar for yourself you’ll be able to get inspiration from the rainbow spectrum of paint finishes and interior leathers as the finished cars come down the line. “It’s like a toy factory for grown-ups” as one visitor put it.
St. George’s Park
The FA’s National Football Centre is set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside and is the home for England’s 24 national football teams. Facilities include a football centre, Hilton hotel, outdoor leadership centre and a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility.
Go behind the scenes on the Tour of St. George’s Park, check the website for available dates and times.