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Red Brick Heart & Soul 10.30 - 12.15
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Red Brick Heart & Soul 10.30 - 12.15

By Positively Birmingham Walking Tours
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About
The University of Birmingham campus has an amazing story to tell. From the benevolence of Josiah Mason, Birmingham industrialist who set up a science college in Edmund Street in Birmingham town centre to the driving force of Joseph Chamberlain, the first Chancellor who saw the creation of the first red brick campus university modelled on the American style. We see the origins of the site as a Roman fort, the development of the site from the early 1900s to the present day. We discover architecture and public art all around but it is what goes on inside the buildings that gives the heart and soul and who better than retired Honorary Professor and author Jonathan Berg to lead you such an exploration. There are a few surprises along the way and local people and visitors alike will equally enjoy this tour.

Ages 0-108, max of 30 per group
Duration: 1h 45m
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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Audio guide: English
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  • Live Audio receiver
What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - Birmingham


Start:
  • Faraday Statue, University Rd W, Birmingham B15 2FG, UK
    Close to Universitry Station and major bus stops is this major statue to Michael Faraday.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101902P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

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    • Positively Birmingham Walking Tours
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    • grantwA201YF
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super interesting delivered by a very interesting guide. Couldn’t be better.
      We had a two hour tour of the Jewellery quarter with Jonathan. Wherever we go around the world we like to book a walking tour. They vary enormously in quality, and we have had a wide range of experience. We are from Shrewsbury, less than an hour from Birmingham,. This was one of, if not the best tour we have been on. Jonathan really brought the whole thing to life. He has written lots of books on the history of Birmingham and is not only knowledgeable but clearly very interested in his subject. He must have done this tour dozens of times, but hadn’t lost any of his enthusiasm. His guiding was erudite, interesting and often surprising. Anyone who thinks that Birmingham is a dull City has got a treat in store. Amazing history, lots to see in a short distance. A really enjoyable tour, and we cant recommend Jonathan highly enough. He walks fast, and delivers information at a sprint as well, but is happy to answer any question and extrapolate when requested. A fantastic tour. Many thanks Jonathan. We will be back from some of your other tours, a great guide. Sandy and Grant
      Written 17 June 2024
    • H3130QOjensh
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Tour perfect host
      Jonathan is a great tourguide. We really enjoyed the Tour and will recommend it to Our when the visit Birmingham. If we return we will Look forward to go on other Tour. That's for sure
      Written 16 June 2024
    • MQ122014
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Tour - so informative!
      Really informative, Johnathan is amazing at giving an insight into the history of Birmingham, especially the social history!
      Written 8 June 2024
    • bjm709
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      A historical tour of Digbeth with an artistic flavour
      As a Brummie, I learnt a great deal about Digbeth's history that I never knew and discovered artwork and businesses I never knew existed. I'll be heading down to Digbeth with renewed interest. The street art in the area is great and learning a little bit about the artists was interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour and a love of Birmingham. I'll be booking a walking tour for friends or family when they visit.
      Written 23 May 2024
    • GardeningGreta
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Tour - thankyou
      We had such a great afternoon. Informative, interesting, and fun. We may not have walked as many steps as we thought we had - but our brains got a fantastic workout! Thank you Jonathon for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for this under-celebrated city. And thanks for my Acme Thunderer that brought back so many memories of my early days as a PE teacher. As all good refs know: it's not only the volume of the AT, but the authority with which it is blown that ensures behaviour on the pitch!
      Written 12 May 2024
    • GoPlaces61445426321
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Positively brilliant!
      Jonathan is such an engaging and passionate tour guide. Our group of 20 did the Street Art and Peaky Blinders tour as a morning hen do activity. Jonathan has been really helpful throughout - everything from answering my many questions beforehand through to recommendations of restaurants, and even walking us to our lunch stop after the tour had finished. On the tour itself we saw lots of interesting and eclectic street art whilst walking around Digbeth and the canals, stopping on route to hear about the history of the area, upcoming changes, the artists and of course Peaky Blinder locations. Jonathan was really great in managing to engage our whole group and even planned in a quiz and prize for the bride to be. We had a fab time and definitely recommend!
      Written 6 May 2024
    • Clm299
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An unforgettable experience with the perfect guide!
      Jonathan's walking tour of Birmingham was truly exceptional. He expertly navigated us through the city's history, blending past and present with insightful commentary on daily life in Birmingham. The use of headsets allowed us to follow him without missing out on anything. Jonathan is also used to dealing with foreign school groups and he ensured clarity for all 25 of students, simplifying complex terms and idioms along the way. His engaging storytelling, accompanied by tangible objects, made the experience immersive and memorable, even for our 12 year-old students! Jonathan's humor added a delightful touch to the tour, keeping us entertained throughout and generosity was remarkable: he gave each of us a his book "Discovering Birmingham" and he even gifted us a copy of his latest book "Birmingham's Public Art" for our school library! Jonathan's passion for his town shone through, making this tour an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to explore Birmingham's rich heritage.
      Written 30 April 2024
    • Wilma_Flintstome
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bringing Birmingham’s History to Life
      Outstanding tour - Jonathan brings Birmingham’s history to life with his knowledgeable and well paced tour from the library, via the canals to the Jewellery Quarter and back through the City Centre ……. all in 2 hrs. His passion for the city is evident through his knowledge of its early industrial past to the more recent 'modern’ era. This tour gave us a fantastic insight into the City’s history and we will definitely be trying on of the other tours. Highly recommend.
      Written 28 April 2024
    • sarahtN9237DM
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good 👌👌
      Great! Was really nice and not that expensive shows you historic places around birmingham and would recommend if you love history! Also lots of interesting facts
      Written 8 April 2024
    • gl847
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Entertaining and informative tour
      Fabulous tour on Saturday. It was really great for our group and Jonathan led it brilliantly. It was entertaining and informative - we all loved it and plan to do other guided walks with Positively Birmingham in the future.
      Written 31 March 2024
    • gl847
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative and entertaining walk.
      Fabulous tour yesterday. It was really great for our group and Jonathan led it brilliantly. It was entertaining and informative - we all loved it and plan to do other guided walks with Positively Birmingham in the future.
      Written 31 March 2024
    • Z1973VTchadk
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Jonathan was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining as he pointed out public art works and shared the history of Bham
      Written 30 March 2024
    • gl847
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Informative and entertaining Spring Stroll
      Excellent dog friendly tour covering just over 4km in 2 hours. Jonathan’s tours raise money for the Birmingham charity Sifa Fireside, a charity working on homelessness based in Digbeth. £34,000 has been donated since 2016. We visited the ancient area where Birmingham began as a market hamlet and discovered where the Peaky Blinders film will be produced by Stephen Knight. Jonathan pointed out public art of all descriptions, as well as canals and modern developments including the HS2 railway line. Jonathan was an energetic, fun and informative guide. We will definitely book again.
      Written 30 March 2024
    • pfleonard
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An enlightening 1st walk round the unmissable art works in Central Birmingham
      Such a very interesting tour around the centre of Birmingham with Jonathan, he was such a knowledgeable and interesting guide. In two hours we saw so much of the art of Birmigham that we'd never come across before in so many different places all around the city centre. His additional comments put the art works into an enlightening context giving them more value. Thank you Jonathan, I'm sure you'll see us on your other walks sometime in the future.
      Written 29 March 2024
    • jaimemJ485WH
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I would repeat it!
      Excellent I love it!, the explanation was awesome I love it. I'll do it again. I went with my family. They are ~twentyish old for them was ok.
      Written 27 March 2024
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    Jemma R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020
    Really enjoyed the virtual tour thank you so much! As a Brummie (well, currently living in Solihull) I love popping into the city, usually most weekends... I'm missing my city so much during this lockdown. It's great to learn all about the future plans for these squares, and the history is so interesting and makes me a proud Brummie. Looking forward the canals virtual tour!
    Written 13 May 2020
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    Hi Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on our self-guided tour of Birmingham which you used as a 'Virtual Tour'. We have two such tours available now. The idea is that you can do them from the comfort of your home or school while you can not visit the city. Then once visitors can come again they can use the tours in 'self-guided' mode and take a walk around the city without the need for a group and guide. We hope to re-start our 'live' tours over the summer but in the meantime these give a flavour for what we offer once the Conronavirus situation eases.
    Written 14 May 2020
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    AndreaFlygirl
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and informative walk through the Birmingham University campus. Jonathan has a very pleasant voice to listen to and knows many little details of the buildings, the history and the public art. For me as a ‘foreigner’ there were many names I had never heard of, but were familiar to many of the local participants. To me this was a little overkill (hence the 4 stars).
    But all in all, it was a very enjoyable tour.
    Written 12 September 2022
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    Hi Andrea - great you came out of the city centre to join our tour. Yes, it is a bit specialist for a visitor from Holland, but we do also have city centre based tours every weekend throught the year which give the overview of our city. You were on our first campus tour and we respond to feedback and take things forward - so your comments are very useful and will help us ensure everyone enjoys the tour in the future.
    Written 17 September 2022
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    David N
    Birmingham, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Couples
    Looking through the programme for Birmingham heritage week I came across this walking tour of the University. Having spent 7 years there would I learn anything new? The answer was yes. We were a small group of about 10 and tended to spread out a bit between sites but because we could all hear Jonathon via the audio links he was able to provide information at all times and we didn't have to wait until the group reassembled. There was a particular focus on how the university developed in its early years and some of the key players, as well as the various pieces of artwork we passed. And who would have know that there was a department of mining way back. We all went home with free gifts and I was delighted to discover that the money I spent on my ticket was actually going to a homeless charity. So we all left feeling it had been an excellent 2 hours spent with Jonathon. I'm tempted to go on some of his other walking tours.
    Written 17 September 2022
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    Thanks so much for your comprehensive comments - so helpful as we take this tour forward. Yes, you all get some homework on this tour to take away at the end - there will be Old Joe's popping up all over the place as this tour grows! See the Positively Birmingham website for our other tours which are based in the city centre and great fun as well.
    Written 17 September 2022
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    Robin64
    Nottingham, UK7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020
    This one hour tour was fun to do from home as I did, with quality photos/video, but would work just as well at the location. Easy website booking, flexible layout with clear audio presentation and bite-sized chunks of facts and history. Great value and feels like Birmingham is entering another golden era with the Commonwealth Games 2022 and HS2 on the way. I’ll be signing up for more tours when they go online!
    Written 15 May 2020
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    Great that you enjoyed the self-guided tour as a virtual tour from you home in Nottingham. We have had people from as far away as Dallas, USA, take the tour virtually while we are all limited in visiting cities. This is the first of four tours - the second is called 'Centenary Square and Canals' and is availlable to download from TripAdvisor or the Positively Birmingham walking tour website. We look forward to seeing you on a real tour of the city sometime when we are back up and running.
    Written 16 May 2020
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    Mary T
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Friends
    Jonathan was very charismatic and easy to listen as a tour guard. He has a broad knowledge of the history and importance of UoB. Favourite part of the tour was learning about Old Joe and visiting the incredibly frieze created by William Boyle for the mechanical engineering building! Surprising amount of history in the tour but 10/10 would recommend:)
    Written 10 September 2022
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    Thanks for your review an feeding back. Yes, the William Bloye art work we look at is amazing. You can see lots more in the city centre as well on our other walking tour. They can be booked from the Positively Birmingham walking tours website.
    Written 12 September 2022
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    Bill D
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    A good overview of the university and medical campus, everything from the Roman Fort remains to new additions around the green heart. We saw several pieces of public art we were unaware of even as regular visitors. The use of headsets so Jonathon could talk as we walked, and we missed nothing, was very good.
    Written 13 September 2022
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    Thanks for taking the time to review. This new tour is evolving on every rendition and feedback is vital to us as we work to make this an exciting, fun, educational and memorable tour.
    Written 17 September 2022
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    JWMW
    Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022 • Couples
    Really enjoyed spending our Saturday morning learning about the history and public art associated with The University of Birmingham, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Jonathan is a great guide, and the pace, conversation, and learning was excellent. Would definitely recommend. Thanks Jonathan!
    Written 17 September 2022
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    Thanks so much for taking that ride across the city from Sutton Coldfield - when the trains are at their best it is so easy to get to University Station and join this Saturday morning tour. Yes, this tour is evolving into a fun and interactive voyage of exploration through an amazing part of our city. The University of Birmingham are very keen to have more community involvement and in a small way we are adding to that with this new tour. We will be running this tour through the autumn and look forward to many more enjoyable walks of discovery through this amazing place. Check out the Positively Birmingham walking tour website for details.
    Written 17 September 2022
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    ShropshireSandy
    Shropshire30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    Another excellent guided walk with Jonathan Berg - our 4th! As a Birmingham graduate of some 40 years ago it was great to visit the campus, see the new Queen Elizabeth hospital concourse and the huge but not quite finished University railway station on a glorious sunny day. Some buildings were familiar, others very new, lots of interesting art works, several by William Bloye.
    It was good to be reminded of how the University came into being and to hear how it continues to develop. I had no idea about the Metchley Roman fort - now well interpreted. It was freshers week so a lovely buzz on campus.
    Highly recommended - the audio system is a real plus
    Written 18 September 2022
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    Thanks for coming on so many of our tours and glad you enjouyed our occasional tour of the University campus. See all our tours on the Positively Birmingham walking tours website.
    Written 4 March 2024
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    Ed M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Friends
    Jonathan is an excellent guide. He shared with us many interesting aspects of the University past and present. As we walked around the modern day campus, we heard interesting and sometimes surprising stories of past scholars, of how the University had been at the forefront of certain important research and inventions and we were introduced to the artists behind the often missed public art we passed as we walked. A fascinating couple of hours.
    Written 6 May 2024
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    Thanks. Great to get feedback - it helps us in taking our tours forward. The University of Birmingham campus is simply amazing to show people around. So much amazing public art to see and understanding the history of how the University ended up at the Bournbrook end of Lord Calthorpe's estate is fun to describe. You can see all our tours and contact us about private tours on our Positively Birmingham walking tour website.
    Written 8 May 2024
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    Marie K
    Birmingham, UK31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2020
    This was a virtual tour of Birmingham and a nice way of educating yourself on Birmingham’s past history. I have visited the library but would go again in the future due to watching the video. I will take more notice of statues around and note their significance in future. Well done to whoever made this possible.
    Written 12 April 2020
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    Hi - Thanks for your lovely comments Marie. It was Jonathan Berg, author of the book Positively Birmingham who produced this during the firdt couple of weeks of Coronasvirus lock-down. When we all get let out again we will send you an invite for one of our real walkkng tours. In the meantime we are starting work next week on a second virtual tour of the city.
    Written 12 April 2020
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