Daily Life Tour in Birmingham, Birmingham (Self Guided)

A day in the heart of Birmingham starts with a good cup of coffee and an English breakfast, followed by some movies and spectacles at the cinema and theater or a visit to the art gallery - it's all about fun and getting along with the locals, their customs and daily activities. Take this walking tour to get into the rhythm of daily British life.
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Guide Name: Daily Life Tour in Birmingham
Guide Location: England » Birmingham (See other walking tours in Birmingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: stacey
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National Sea Life Centre

1) 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 breeding programme, with many species of newly reared seahorses in tanks viewable by visitors.

In other displays, it has a Giant Pacific Octopus, as well as horseshoe crabs, green sea turtles, lobsters, sharks, sting rays, and otters.

In Easter 2009, the Centre announced as its newest attraction a "Sensorama 4-D Cinema". So-called because in addition to 3-D viewing, the audience can be subjected to sensations such as wind, salt spray, and the smell the seaweed, or other sensations depending on the (sea-themed) film.

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Repertory Theatre

2) Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre (commonly called Birmingham Rep or just The Rep) is a theatre and theatre company based on Centenary Square in Birmingham, England. It is one of the most influential companies in the history of the English Stage.

The Rep was founded by Barry Jackson in 1913 when the earlier amateur 'Pilgrim Players' company opened a permanent home on Station Street (now the Old Rep). The theatre was opened on February 15, 1913 by Barry Jackson and the first production in the new theatre was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

The stated aim was to "serve an art instead of making that art serve a commercial purpose." and under Jackson the company quickly revolutionised English Theatre, promoting experimental productions and pioneering innovations such as performing Shakespeare in modern dress.

The Rep's radical reputation attracted young talent.

In 1972, the Studio opened, it became an example of innovative theatre nationwide.

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Central Library

3) Central Library (must see)

Birmingham Central Library is the main public library in Birmingham, and the largest non-national library in Europe. It is managed by Birmingham City Council. The main section, containing the music library, other collections, and Birmingham Reference Library is located on several floors over Paradise Circus, with the main entrance and lending library in a wing fronting Chamberlain Square.

A new Library of Birmingham is currently being constructed in Centenary Square and will replace Central Library upon completion in 2013. Birmingham City Council plan to demolish Central Library once its replacement is complete. In 2010-11 Central Library was the second most visited library in the country with 1,197,350 visitors.

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BBC Birmingham’s Public Space

4) BBC Birmingham’s Public Space

BBC Birmingham is one of the oldest regional arms of the BBC. It was the first region outside of London to start broadcasting both the corporation's radio (in 1922) and television (in 1949) transmissions, the latter from the Sutton Coldfield television transmitter. For many years, BBC Birmingham was based at the Pebble Mill Studios, but in 2004 moved to the brand-new Mailbox facility in the city centre. Pebble Mill has since been demolished to make way for a science park, however the site is currently empty as of 2010.

Pebble Mill at One, an afternoon talk show, ran for many years from the 1973 to 1986 on BBC1, with several long-standing presenters, including Alan Titchmarsh, and raised the profile of the Pebble Mill studios almost to the status of a national institution. Birmingham is home to BBC Midlands Today (television) and BBC WM (radio).

BBC Birmingham is not to be confused with BBC Midlands, which is also based at the Mailbox. BBC Birmingham is the name of the Network Productions Centre in Birmingham making network programmes for television and radio. BBC Midlands is the regional operation providing news, current affairs and other regional programmes.

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The Church of St. Martin

5) 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 Minton and display the quartered arms of the de Bermingham family.

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The Bull Ring Market

6) 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. The Bullring Shopping Centre was masterplanned and designed mainly by Benoy. The shopping centre consists of two main buildings which are connected by an underground passage lined with shops and is also accessible from St Martin's Square via glass doors.

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IMAX Cinema

7) IMAX Cinema

IMAX Cinema is the right place for everybody: locals and tourists meet here and have great fun watching the newly released movies. The cinema is located in the Millennium Point, which is a hub filled with other attractions. It is a place that will keep you entertained as a tourist.
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Redpoint Climbing Centre

8) Redpoint Climbing Centre

If your children are looking for a great time, regardless of whether or not they have already experienced climbing, Redpoint Climbing Centre is the perfect venue to begin a new adventure. A friendly atmosphere is provided by professional instructors and your kids will enjoy the time spent at the Redpoint.

Walking Tours in Birmingham, England

Create Your Own Walk in Birmingham

Create Your Own Walk in Birmingham

Creating your own self-guided walk in Birmingham is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Beautiful Architecture in Birmingham

Beautiful Architecture in 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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Museums and Galleries Walking Tour in Birmingham

Museums and Galleries Walking Tour in Birmingham

Britain's most attractive and beautiful museums and galleries are to be seen in this city. Whether you like to learn about the city's history, its science or maybe visit exhibitions with the possibility of buying something you enjoy, it is all possible in Birmingham's rich heritage and top-class attractions. Birmingham will offer you an incredible walking tour of museums and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Religious Buildings in Birmingham

Religious Buildings in Birmingham

Birmingham offers a variety of religious buildings from beautiful upgraded cathedrals to old churches; for example, Birmingham Central Mosque is one of the largest in Europe. History and religion meet in Birmingham's churches with wonderful views and beautiful parks in which to rest.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Birmingham for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Birmingham has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Birmingham, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.