Architecture Jewels (Self Guided), Birmingham

Birmingham has a variety of mixed-styles of architecture from old Victorian style to cylindrical highrise skyscrapers that will have a huge impact on all of Birmingham's tourists. The beautiful architecture of the buildings in Birmingham is one of the top sightseeing tours in England.
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Architecture Jewels Map

Guide Name: Architecture Jewels
Guide Location: England » Birmingham (See other walking tours in Birmingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: VictoriaP
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Victoria Law Courts
  • 17 & 19 Newhall Street
  • Council House
  • International Convention Centre
  • Orion Building
  • 10 Holloway Circus
  • Rotunda
  • The Old Crown
Victoria Law Courts

1) Victoria Law Courts (must see)

The Victoria Law Courts on Corporation Street, Birmingham, England is a Grade I listed, red brick and terracotta building that now houses Birmingham Magistrates' Court. Designed by Aston Webb & Ingress Bell of London after an open competition to provide the first assize courts in the rapidly growing town of Birmingham, it is faced entirely in deep red terracotta and covered in intricate terracotta ornamentation. A statue of Queen Victoria by Harry Bates surmounts the main entrance. The inside is faced with sandy-yellow terracotta and intricate ornamentation.
Sight description based on wikipedia
17 & 19 Newhall Street

2) 17 & 19 Newhall Street

17 & 19 Newhall Street is a red brick and terracotta Grade I listed building on the corner of Newhall Street and Edmund Street in the city centre of Birmingham, England. The building was designed in 1896 by Frederick Martin of the firm Martin & Chamberlain. Originally having the postal address of 19 Newhall Street, it was built as the new Central Telephone Exchange and offices for the National Telephone Company and is popularly known as the Bell Edison Telephone Building - the NTC logo behind the wrought iron gates to the main entrance includes those names.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Council House

3) Council House (must see)

Birmingham City Council House in Birmingham, England is the home of Birmingham City Council. It is located in Victoria Square in the city centre and is a Grade II* listed building. The side of the building, which faces Chamberlain Square, is the entrance and façade of the Museum and Art Gallery which is partly housed within the same building. Above the main entrance, which faces Victoria Square, is a mosaic by Salviati Burke and Co. of Venice. On 9 August 1902, The Council House, along with the Town Hall, was illuminated in celebration of the coronation of King Edward VII.
Sight description based on wikipedia
International Convention Centre

4) International Convention Centre

The International Convention Centre is a major conference venue in central Birmingham, England. The centre includes Symphony Hall and it faces Centenary Square. The building has another entrance leading to the canals of Birmingham. The façade of the building is covered in blue tinted windows and white stone cladding. The entrance is adorned by a neon sculpture, by Ron Hasledon, named "Birdlife" which hangs above it. The building was the focal point for the G8 summit meeting of world leaders in 1998.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Orion Building

5) Orion Building

The Orion Building is a 90-metre building on Navigation Street, Birmingham, England. As part of the development, the original façades of some of the previous buildings have been retained and incorporated into the lowrise sections of the complex. The complex consists of a 28-storey tower with five basement floors. It includes the city's first penthouse which was sold for £1.65 million. The tower is illuminated at night by strips of LEDs. The top part of the tower is completely glass. Below this, the tower consists of strips of glass set within pre-cast concrete panels.
Sight description based on wikipedia
10 Holloway Circus

6) 10 Holloway Circus

10 Holloway Circus (also referred to as the Holloway Circus Tower or Beetham Tower) is a 121.5-metre (399 ft) tall mixed-use skyscraper in Birmingham city centre, England. It is named after the developers, Beetham Organization, has 39 floors, and is the second tallest building in the city. The front façade of the building is floor-to-ceiling glass decorated in "tiger stripes" which are used to enhance the vertical impact. As the apartments were being furbished, an aqua coloured camouflage was also added to these windows with some of the tiger stripes being removed. Coloured lights can be seen underneath the overhang at night.
Sight description based on wikipedia

7) Rotunda

The Rotunda is an iconic, cylindrical highrise building in Birmingham, England. The Grade II listed building is 81 metres (266 ft) tall and was completed in 1965. The building had originally been intended to look like a candle, with a flame-like weather beacon on top, changing colour to reflect the weather. It was refurbished between 2004 and 2008 by Urban Splash with Glenn Howells who turned it into a residential building with serviced apartments on the 19th and 20th floors. The redevelopment of the Rotunda created 232 luxury apartments, including six penthouse suites on the 20th floor.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Old Crown

8) The Old Crown

The Old Crown inn at 188 High Street, Deritend, is the oldest extant secular building in Birmingham, England. It is Grade II* listed, and is believed to have been constructed between 1450 and 1500. The building is 71 feet 4 inches wide and 20 feet 2 inches deep on the ground floor. When built, the original structure had a central hall and a courtyard in back, with a well. It was 26 feet deep and was surrounded by large stones. The well was cleaned up in 1863 and an iron gate was added to the top of it to preserve it while keeping it accessible.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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