Find out more about Birmingham with a walking tour starting and ending at the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square. We look at the canals, Birmingham’s industrial Georgian pioneers our Victorian heritage and the more recent architecture that is all around us. Current redevelopments taking place right in front of our eyes are explained and the directions that the city is taking into the future considered. The tour is based loosely on the book Positively Birmingham, currently available at the special price of £12 in the Library shop (normally £20) at tour end.Starting and ending at the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square this 1 3/4 hour walking tour gives a great introduction to the city and is of interest to local people and visitors alike. We support Sifa Fireside who work on acute and longer term homeless issues in Birmingham with at least 10% of all ticket sales going to their work. Donations are clearly stated on our website.
We meet at the entrance to the Library of Birmingham. Starting in Centenary Square we move through the International Convention Centre and quickly find the Birmingham Main Line Canal. We understand the huge impact on the Georgian town the coming of the canals had.Brindleyplace is a busy modern canalside development with plenty to appreciate including a fine example of a Victorian board school which is now the Ikon Gallery. Moving on to Broad Street we see examples of 20th Century architecture as well as the Walk of stars giving us an insight to the impact Birmingham has had on contemporary entertainment.Gas Street Basin is a hugely atmospheric meeting of two canals. The developments around give a further feel for the modern day city. We finish by walking to Victoria and Chamberlain Square where not only do we see some fine buildings from previous ages but also get a feel for where the city is heading for the future.The total distance is around 3 km and includes stopping places where you can sometimes sit if you need to.