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A day that gets to the very heart of this City of 1000 Trades combines the extraordinary Library of Birmingham and the mighty Staffordshire Hoard with a City panorama and the quirky Newman Brothers Coffin Works.

Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am at the Library to buy morning refreshments before exploring the Elizabethan style Shakespeare Memorial Room and the garden terraces with far ranging views across the city.

An entertaining coach tour tells the story of the city of a thousand trades from the famous Jewellery Quarter to the affluent suburbs where the trees start and all factories were banned. From the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys to the back-to-backs you'll enjoy an insider's guide to the City.

To the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery for free time for lunch. Choose a pub or dine in the museum's Edwardian Tea Rooms and enjoy the world class Pre-Raphaelite paintings and the Staffordshire Hoard - the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found.

The Newman Brothers did not make coffins and this is very far from being a morbid visit! They were Birmingham metal workers making coffin furniture - the handles, name plates and twirly bits. The original machinery is fired up to show you and in an old fashioned office of ledgers and typewriters the Bakelite telephone periodically rings and a funeral director calls in to order his stock.

Vintage, atmospheric and really good fun. There's time to buy refreshments locally before heading home at 4.45pm.

Adults & Seniors: £26

Available weekdays all year

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

2-5 miles