Take a peek at the new ‘Peaky Blinders’ walking tour
Who would have thought that the dark streets of Birmingham would become a tourist attraction?
The hit BBC Drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ about the gangs that used to roam the streets of Birmingham causing chaos have sparked so much interest that the very streets where they used to live and cause mayhem, have become a tourist attraction in their own right.
With ‘Peaky Tours’ you can now experience the sights and sounds of the REAL ‘Peaky Blinders’ on a walking tour of the actual places they used to live and strike fear in the hearts of the residents and the police.
‘Peaky Tours’ is the brainchild of Adrian Barrows, tailor and entrepreneur, who together with fellow entrepreneur John Moore have put together a 90 minute guided walking tours of the streets where the real Peaky Blinders used to ply their shadowy trade. In a real coup they have enlisted the services of the famous Brummie historian and University of Birmingham professor, Carl Chinn MBE to conduct the tours and bring the real Peaky Blinders stories to life.
Adrian Barrows said:
I’m interested in history and I got the idea when I went on a Jack the Ripper walking tour in London. There are lots of these tours in London which are hugely popular, but we just don’t have the same thing in Birmingham. So I decided to start one and tracked down Carl Chinn to help me.
The 90-minute guided tour begins at The Crown Inn on the High Street, Deritend and takes in historic buildings such as Curzon Street Station, Gun Barrel Proof House, Typhoo Tea Factory, Digbeth Police Station and the Custard Factory.
Our tour will take people round the places where the real Peaky Blinders operated in the 1880s, rather than the fictional TV gang who lived in Small Heath in the 1920s.
To add a 21st century spin to the walking tour, a handheld projector will be used to show old pictures of the time, displayed on nearby walls. This will bring the architecture and ambience of the streets to the audience and make the tour even more atmospheric.
For anybody who is a fan of the TV series or just wants to know more about Birmingham’s history then ‘Peaky Tours’ is a fantastic addition to what the city has to offer. Having already sold out of 5 tours, the attraction is proving popular with all ages and is seen as a great alternative night out in Birmingham.
The basic 90 minute tour costs £12.95, but for £39.95 you can get dinner, drinks and a Q&A with Prof. Chinn too. Private and corporate tours are also available and proving rather popular.
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