Birmingham Trail: The Rediscover Your City Trail

December 16, 2015

Community Faves, Heritage Faves

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Ideal for: proud Brummies and curious in-laws

Avoid if: you can’t stand the Birmingham accent

Bring // Youll need: to prepare your brain for information overload

Terrain: top decks and sheds

The start: The Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour

Yep, bus with a z – because that’s just how we like to pronounce it in this neck of the woods. And what understatedly fascinating woods they are. This most charming of bus tours guides passengers beyond the usual ‘more canals than Venice’ mantra and takes us off the beaten track, picking up the Tolkien trail in leafy Edgbaston and exploring the urban glamour of East Side alongside the perennially popular Jewellery Quarter and the Golden Mile (yes, apparently we have one). Jam-packed with interesting facts that will surprise even the most veteran of Brummies, this memorable tour will uncover Birmingham as you’ve never seen it before. Warts and all.

Tours depart from the Council House, Victoria Square at 10.30, 12.30 and 14.30 on Saturdays and Sundays

£12 for an adult ticket, concession and group tickets available. Here’s the website.

The middle bit: Birmingham: its people, its history – Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Steel yourselves for more facts! This brilliant (and massive) exhibition is a great deal more interesting than it may sound on paper. Innovative displays, films and interactives tell the story of Birmingham in chronological order – travelling right back in time to the city’s medieval beginnings, journeying through the grandeur and squalor of Victorian Birmingham and uncovering the role the city played in the two world wars. It really is an epic tale – expect to be chilled, disgusted, moved and, ultimately, very proud.

Chamberlain Square, city centre

Open 10.00 – 17.00 (Fridays 10.30-17.00)

Free admission. More on the website

The end: Music and Ale Night – The Two Towers Brewery

Where better to bore people to tears with your newfound facts than over a locally brewed ale down at the pub…or industrial estate. The Two Towers Brewery has been providing Birmingham and beyond with delicious and brilliantly-named craft beers since 2009 (a half of Complete Muppetry, anyone?). They currently operate from the rather incongruous setting of a Hockley industrial unit, but don’t let that put you off. The site has the feel of someone’s garden shed – cosy, charming and welcoming, just like the hosts. Get down to one of their lively Music and Ale Nights and expect to leave with your Brummie pride well and truly in tact.

Unit 1 Mott Street Industrial Estate, Hockley

Approximately a 20-minute walk from BM&AG

Check the website for events listings – typically, Music Night takes place on Fridays 20.00 – 23.00 at a cost of £5 entry including four halves of ale

Tips:

Be sure to wrap up for The Big Brum Buz…it gets windy

Check out the BM&AG’s Edwardian Tea Rooms for what must be the biggest pot of tea available in Birmingham

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Words by Gemma Corden – writer, unashamedly banging on about Birmingham. Contact via @gemma_corden or find out more about her here or even more here.

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