Landmarks Walking Tour in Birmingham, Birmingham

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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.

Walk Route

Guide Name: 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
Author: VictoriaP

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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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....
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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