City Orientation Walk, Birmingham

City Orientation Walk, Birmingham
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "GPSmyCity: Walks and Articles with Offline Maps" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Birmingham Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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The main city of England’s West Midlands and one of the centres of the country's Industrial Revolution, Birmingham is a vibrant metropolis with no shortage of old-time and new landmarks to behold. Starting from the Town Hall in Victoria Square, marking the city center, down to the easily recognizable BrindleyPlace and other notable attractions along the way, you'll enjoy your stay in Birmingham fuller if follow this orientation walk and learn more about the past and present of this wonderful city!

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Birmingham (See other walking tours in Birmingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: VictoriaP
Centenary Square

1) Centenary Square

Centenary Square in Birmingham is a public square named so in 1989 for the centenary of Birmingham becoming a city. Previously, this was an industrial area filled with small workshops and canal wharves up until the 1920s when it was bought by the city council to create a grand civic centre comprising museums, council offices, cathedral and opera house. That project, however, had to be abandoned due to World War II, seeing only the Hall of Memory and half of the planned Baskerville House brought...   view more
Brindleyplace

2) Brindleyplace (must see)

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...   view more
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National Sea Life Centre

3) National Sea Life Centre (must see)

The National Sea Life Centre is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life. Its one-million-litre ocean tank houses giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks and tropical reef fish, with a fully transparent underwater tunnel.

The building was designed by Sir Norman Foster. However, Foster has effectively "buried" this project in his portfolio, and is reportedly embarrassed by the final building.

The National Sea Life Centre has an extensive seahorse...   view more
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Birmingham Town Hall

4) Birmingham Town Hall (must see)

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,...   view more
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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

5) Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (must see)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BM&AG) is a museum and art gallery.

Entrance to the Museum and Art Gallery is free, but some major exhibitions in the Gas Hall incur an entrance fee. It has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.

The Art Gallery is most noted for its extensive collections of paintings ranging from the 14th to the 21st century. They include works by the...   view more
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Victoria Square

6) Victoria Square (must see)

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...   view more
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Council House

7) 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...   view more
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17 & 19 Newhall Street

8) 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...   view more
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St. Philip's Cathedral

9) St. Philip's Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip is the Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham. St Philip's was built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style by Thomas Archer and is located on Colmore Row, Birmingham, England.The cathedral is a Grade I listed building. St Philip's is surrounded by a churchyard; six of the monuments there have heritage listings, including one commemorating two men who died during the construction of Birmingham Town Hall and a...   view more
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New Street

10) New Street

The New Street is located right in the Birmingham City Centre and is the shop avenue, where fashion boutiques and stylish kiosks attract the most exquisite tastes. If you appreciate brands, quality and affordable prices, you should definitely choose New Street...   view more
The Church of St. Martin

11) The Church of St. Martin (must see)

The church of St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham is a parish church in the Church of England. It is the original parish church of Birmingham. It stands between the Bull Ring shopping centre and the markets. The church is a Grade II listed building. The current Rector is the Revd. Canon Stewart W. Jones. The roof shows the influence of the great hammerbeam roof of Westminster Hall. The beams are decorated with fine tracery and end in large carvings of angels. The floor tiles are Victorian...   view more
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The Bull Ring Market

12) The Bull Ring Market (must see)

The Bull Ring is a major commercial area of Birmingham. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. It has been developed into a shopping centre twice; first in the 1960s, and then in the 2000s. The site is located on the edge of the sandstone city ridge which results in the steep gradient towards Digbeth. The current shopping centre is the busiest in the United Kingdom with 36.5 million visitors in 2004, and is also the twelfth largest....   view more
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