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Address: BBC Broadcasting House | Level 10, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF, England
Phone Number: +44 370 901 1227
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Visit BBC Birmingham's state-of-the-art studios: home of The Archers,...

Visit BBC Birmingham's state-of-the-art studios: home of The Archers, Midlands Today and BBC WM. Take a peek behind the scenes and then join in some interactive fun as you create your own radio drama complete with sound effects and music! BBC Tour guides give a fascinating insight into the many programmes originating from BBC Birmingham and tell the inside story of what it takes to get them from script to screen. They are also on hand to answer any burning questions relating to technical wizardry, famous faces that have visited the building or even where Nick Owen gets his jokes! This is your invitation to gain access to the rarely-seen world behind the famous TV and radio programmes that are broadcast and produced from BBC Birmingham. BBC Birmingham is a working building so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and entertaining. In 2010 the tours won the Best Tourism Experience in the Heart of England. Ticket prices range from £7 - £9.25 and tours last up to one-and-a-half hours. Tours regularly take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the day (with some tours in the evening). Please see website for further details. The building is wheelchair accessible. All children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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We were a group(35) from Stevenage and had guided tour with Holly and Emma who were enthusiastic and informative. Highlight for many of us? The Studio for the Archers!! Guess... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group(35) from Stevenage and had guided tour with Holly and Emma who were enthusiastic and informative. Highlight for many of us? The Studio for the Archers!! Guess some more of us will be tuning in now! Patrick and Stevenage SKAGS.

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello Patrick, thank you for taking time to write such a lovely review of your experience, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and that we may have created another Archers fan! I will pass on your kind words to Holly and Emma. Thanks again! More 

Pershall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting and informative visit. Justine and Jane were excellent guides. Lots of interactive activities for those brave enough to have a go.

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hi Paul, thank you for taking time to give such a lovely response to BBC Birmingham Tours, we're really pleased you enjoyed your visit. I will pass on your kind words to Justine and Jane, Thanks again! More 

St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Party of adults in Birmingham for a weekend and we booked a BBC Tour. It was great. Sue and Emma were our guides and were warm, friendly and knowledgeable. Loads of interesting information and behind the scenes secrets. Some really good public spaces in the building that are accessible without being booked on the tour too. BBC Blue Room area... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for BBC Birmingham tours we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and I will make sure I pass on you kind words to Emma and Sue. Thanks again! More 

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting morning with Sue and Emma seeing behind the scenes that make up our news and programmes. Added bonus of meeting Pete Waterman. Well recommended 😊

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your for taking the time to write such a positive review for BBC Birmingham Tours, we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit, I will pass on your kind words to Sue & Emma. Thanks again! More 

Hednesford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour lasts for about one and a half hours, Jane and Justine our friendly, welcoming and informative duo! We were shown three areas, the radio studios, Midlands Today studio and the news hub where all the technical workings are carried out. We saw live radio programme through soundproofed glass and the two J's demonstrated how the radio programmes link... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello Anita, thank you so much for posting such a lovely review which I will pass on to Justine & Jane. We strive to provide the best experience for our visitors when they attend a tour, unfortunately because we are a working building we can't always include the Archer's Studio due to recording schedules which are quite often decided last... More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I had previously taken my children to a CBBC tour in London and warned them that the BBC Birmingham tour probably wouldn't be as good - but I was wrong. The tour was great and for all ages. The guides got everyone involved and kept everyone engaged, they were also very knowledgeable and answered all our questions . The news... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hi Julie, thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so pleased the experience exceeded your expectations and that we may have even persuaded you to listen to the Archers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Birmingham seems to be the centre of everything just like London so I am not surprised that the BBC has a station there. As I was visiting Birmingham, we stumbled upon BBC Birmingham's Visitor Centre tucked away on Level 3 of The Mailbox. There is lots to see and you can try your hand at presenting the news or a... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for a wonderful review of the Visitor Centre at BBC Birmingham. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Our lovely guides, Holly & Emma, were not only great fun but very knowledgeable. Learning about the technical aspects and "tricks-of-the-trade" was particularly enjoyable; as was taking part in the recording of a short Radio play. Such fun, that we overran our time-slot! Couldn't fault the experience; would recommend it to anyone.

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Paul for a wonderful review. I always enjoy reading about what a great job the BBC Birmingham Tour Guides did, I'll pass on your praise. Kind Regards More 

Droitwich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Wonderful tour full of interest and fun. Holly and Emma were great guides and explained everything with clarity and professionalism. Highly recommended day out.

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for a fantastic Review I will let the guides know how much you enjoyed the tour of BBC Birmingham. More 

Derby
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Fascinating insight behind the scenes at how radio drama and TV programmes are made in Birmingham. Our guides were informative and entertaining. It was a real thrill to see where The Archers is recorded - and have a go at recording an episode ourselves.

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for visiting BBC Birmingham here in the Mailbox and leaving such a kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience and i'll pass on your comments to the guides. Kind Regards, More 

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