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Blue Badge Tourist Guides

There are currently over 60 qualified Blue Badge tour guides in the Midlands area, all able to offer bespoke tours by foot, by car or aboard your own coach.  Blue Badge guides are the UK's professional, registered tourist guides. You can book a Blue Badge Guide to help plan routes and offer ideas for groups.  See below for some ideas of registered guides and the tours they offer.

 

Sue Behan

Sue Behan is a Heart of England Blue Badge guide providing driving and walking tours of Birmingham under the company name Birmingham Tours Ltd.

Having studied Birmingham in more depth at Birmingham University and as a Brummie, Sue is very proud to show off and promote the city to local and overseas visitors.

For more information contact Sue on 078051 15998 or visit here

 

Mary Moore

Birmingham Tourist Guide, Mary Moore is a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide offering guided walks of Birmingham.

Find out more about the city's historical past and hear about the people who made Birmingham the greatest manufacturing city in the world. 

Why not visit the Jewellery Quarter and the Cadbury's Bournville Estate? Walk the canal network and visit areas in the city linked to JRR Tolkien. Mary also conducts guided tours of Stratford upon Avon, The Cotswolds, Oxford and the Black Country. She looks after conference delegates and partners. 

Living close to Birmingham Airport Mary can offer a check-in, Meet & Greet and hotel transfer service. 

For more information please contact 0121 705 1364 or 07960 459740.

 

Guide-Link

Guide-Link is a booking agency, founded by Joyce and Alan Griffiths, which can find and book guides anywhere in the UK, usually driver-guides and/or those who speak foreign languages.
Joyce and Alan Griffiths are very experienced blue-badge guides covering all 13 Midland Counties. Both are active in training guides. Birmingham born and bred, Alan started guiding as a green-badge guide in Birmingham about twenty years ago. He is now also qualified to guide in London and Oxford and is a retired architect who can give illustrated talks on architecture covering most parts of the country. Walks in most Midland Towns are offered too, with or without an architectural bias.

For Further information please call Alan Griffiths on 07711088430 or email alan@guide-link.co.uk.

 

Walking Trails

The Heritage Building map (free) is a popular guide that highlights some of Birmingham’s architectural places of interest. The map also covers Birmingham’s suburbs if you fancy seeing more of the city.

The Jewellery Quarter Pavement Trails take you around the Quarter’s fascinating blend of old and new. Unique in Europe, it’s home to a huge number of jewellery businesses operating in historic surroundings which date back over 250 years. The Findings Trail and the Charm Bracelet Trail guide you from the city centre to the Jewellery Quarter. Both trails take about 45 minutes to walk and include easy-to-follow plaques in the pavement.  

The Jewellery Quarter Walk, devised by Bob Miles, is a longer walk of discovery from the city centre to - and around - the Jewellery Quarter. It reveals the extensive history and heritage of the area. Although much has changed over the years, there are still many traditional skills and practices still here; something the trail shows you..

Find out more about the Jewellery Quarters historic trails here.

The Ollie the Otter trail has been specially designed for children to explore the canals from The National Sea Life Centre to Gas Street Basin. You can put stickers on your map when you have spotted things around your walk. Check out the British Waterways website or their shop at ‘Cambrian Wharf’ for lots more information about the canals, walking routes or to pick up the Ollie the Otter Trail map.
 

Tolkien Trail & Moseley Bog

Just outside the city centre, Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, who lived nearby. He has said that the site inspired the 'old forest' in his books. People come from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.

A Tolkien Trail allows you to have a wonderful day seeing where Tolkien dreamt up “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” for yourself. A free trail leaflet can be picked up from selected Birmingham museums (subject to availability).

Guided Tolkien tours of all the Tolkien-related sites around Birmingham are also available for groups - with additional in-depth knowledge from a specialised tour guide. These can be booked with Blue Badge Guided tours (see above).
 

A Walk Through Time in Birmingham

Developed in conjunction with the BBC programme “British Isles - A Natural History”, this trail guides you on a Walk Through Time in Birmingham.

Find out about Birmingham's past as a forest, a swamp and underneath an ice sheet hundreds of metres thick. Then walk right up to the present day, through Birmingham's history as a settlement and a thriving hub for industry. Keep your eyes peeled and you might just see some rare birds. You can download the map for free from the BBC website.

Look out for BBC Birmingham's Public Space. It's free and open to everyone - watch BBC WM and Asian Network broadcasting through the viewing windows or have a go at presenting a news or weather report.
 

 

Birmingham City Centre Food Tour (90 minutes to half a day)

Birmingham based Healthy Futures organises nutrition, food and health related tours and activities. A city centre walking food tour combines a guided tour of the Bullring markets and Chinese quarter incorporating food tasters and followed by optional activities such as cookery demonstrations and lunch.

For further information contact shaleen@healthy-futures.net or telephone 07990660055.

 

Bournville Walking Tours

Take a guided walk around Cadbury’s famous village, originally built for the workers of the chocolate factory. See the village green, learn about key buildings and hear the stories of how the village developed. Pre-booking is essential directly with the Bournville Village Trust.

 

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