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Landmarks Walking Tour in Birmingham, Birmingham
Landmarks Walking Tour in Birmingham
Guide Location: England » Birmingham
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
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Author: VictoriaP
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Birmingham Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Take this tour to reveal Birmingham's most beautiful landmarks and places of interest, starting with Victoria Square and the Town Hall in the center of the city and moving on to the easily recognizable Brindly Place or the Alpha Tower, where you will enjoy the most attractive sights of this wonderful city of Birmingham.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Argent Centre
1) Argent Centre
The Argent Centre is a Grade II* listed building.

Designed by J. G. Bland for W. E. Wiley, a manufacturer of gold pens; it was built in 1863, and acquired the name Albert Works, possibly because it was opposite the Victoria Works of Joseph Gillott.

Despite the appearance of being a huge, solid building, it consists of long, narrow, multi-storey workshops only 16 feet (5 m) wide, surrounding an open courtyard. This was a common arrangement at the time allowing natural light to reach workbenches from two sides. With floors constructed of hollow bricks tied with wrought iron, it was fireproof, removing the need for insurance. The multicoloured brickwork decorates a design reminiscent of renaissance Florence. Recycled steam from the works engines went to a Turkish bath in the northern end of the building; visitors to the Turkish Baths, also indulged in other leisure activities there, such as chess, fencing and billiards. Now flat-roofed, it originally had pyramids on each corner tower. A bomb dropped into the courtyard at some time during the Birmingham Blitz of World War II, and the bent window frames were visible at least till the mid-1980s.

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British Telecom Tower
2) British Telecom Tower
The BT Tower (formerly known as the Post Office Tower and, before that the GPO Tower) is a landmark in Birmingham, and is also the tallest building in the city. Its Post Office code was YBMR.

The original intention was to build a circular tower similar to the London one but without the public floors above the aerial galleries. At one time the Post Office wanted to increase the height from 500 feet (150 m), which had been agreed by the Ministry of Aviation, to 600 feet (180 m). This was refused in order to avoid non-standard procedures for aircraft approaching Birmingham Airport from the north-west. Cost over-runs on the London tower led to a review of the Birmingham design, and then it was decided to use a circular design of the 'Chilterns' type, but with the internal diameter increased from 32 feet (9.8 m) to 37 feet (11 m) to provide sufficient space on the equipment floors.

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Victoria Square
3) Victoria Square
Victoria Square is a pedestrianised public square. It is home to both the Town Hall and the Council House, and directly adjacent to Chamberlain Square.

The square is often considered to be the centre of Birmingham, and is the point from where local road sign distances are measured. It is a short walk from St. Philip's Cathedral on Colmore Row and is on the main pedestrian route between the Bull Ring and Brindleyplace areas.

The square was formerly known as Council House Square, and had a tramway running through it.

It was renamed on 10 January 1901, to honour Queen Victoria, and a statue of her was erected and unveiled. She died just 12 days later.

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Birmingham Town Hall
4) Birmingham Town Hall
Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert and meeting venue in Victoria Square. It was created as a home for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival established in 1784, the purpose of which was to raise funds for the General Hospital, after St Philip's Church (later to become a Cathedral) became too small to hold the festival, and for public meetings. Between 2002 and 2008, it was refurbished into a concert hall and is now used for performances as diverse as organ recitals, rock, pop and classical concerts and events such as graduation ceremonies for Aston University.

The town hall is famous for its concert pipe organ. Originally installed in 1834 by William Hill with 4 manuals and 70 stops, this was subject to many rebuilds and alterations, all by William Hill, until a restoration by Willis in 1932. By 1956 the organ had been enlarged to 90 stops.

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Alpha Tower
5) Alpha Tower
Alpha Tower is a commercial building built to a design by George Marsh of Richard Seifert & Partners as the headquarters of the commercial television company ATV and part of the companies' production studio complex known as ATV Centre. Now operated by the developers GVA Grimley.

It provides office space for a number of companies and organisations, including Network Rail, Birmingham Arts Marketing, Jacobs Engineering, Glide Utilities, and the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Birmingham City Council vacated the building in 2010.

It is a landmark and is a Grade A locally listed building.

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Hall of Memory Birmingham
6) Hall of Memory Birmingham
The Hall of Memory in Centenary Square, Birmingham, England commemorates the 12,320 Birmingham citizens who died in World War I. Made from Portland stone, from the Isle of Portland in Dorset, it was opened by Prince Arthur of Connaught on July 4, 1925.The four statues around the exterior are by local artist Albert Toft. They represent the Army, Navy, Air Force and Women's Services.The interior features three carved bas-relief plaques by William Bloye representing three tableaux: Call (departure to war), Front Line (fighting), Return (arrival home of the wounded).

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Baskerville House Birmingham
7) Baskerville House Birmingham
Baskerville House, previously called the Civic Centre, is a former civic building in Centenary Square, Birmingham, England.The building is decorated with the Coat of arms of Birmingham. Baskerville House won the Commercial Development of the Year award at the Midlands Property Week awards and the Midlands and East Anglia regional award in the Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category at the British Council for Offices awards. A sculpture of the Baskerville typeface, in honour of John Baskerville, made of Portland stone and bronze, Industry and Genius, stands outside the main entrance to Baskerville House in Centenary Square.

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Brindleyplace
8) Brindleyplace
Brindleyplace is a large mixed-use canalside development. It is often written erroneously as Brindley Place, the name of the street (in turn named after the 18th century canal engineer James Brindley) around which it is built.

It was developed by Argent Group PLC from 1993 onwards. In addition to shops, bars and restaurants, Brindleyplace is home to the National Sea Life Centre, Royal Bank of Scotland, Orion Media (including BRMB and Mercia), Ikon Gallery of art and a Hilton Garden Inn. The site covers 17 acres (69,000 m²) of mixed-use redevelopment on a grand scale - the UK's largest such project.

The Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line Canal separates Brindleyplace from the International Convention Centre, although there are linking bridges. The National Indoor Arena, Old Turn Junction and bustling bars of Broad Street are nearby and it is easily accessible and within walking distance of the main bus and train routes.

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