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There’s a real buzz about the new Birmingham – a city of beautiful squares, greenery and public art. Visit the extraordinary new Library of Birmingham, see the mighty Staffordshire Hoard and enjoy an entertaining City sightseeing tour on the coach to give you a real flavour for Britain’s Second City. In the afternoon visit the quirky Newman Brothers Coffin Works.

Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am at the Library of Birmingham to buy morning refreshments. You’ll sit in the mezzanine looking into the magnificent central atrium before exploring this extraordinary building from the Elizabethan style Shakespeare Memorial Room to the garden terraces withfar ranging views across the city to the countryside.

Next an entertaining and illuminating coach tour of a city built on seven hills - just like Rome - the Victorian town hall was modelled on the Roman temple of Castor and Pollux. We tell the story of the city of a thousand trades from the world famous Jewellery Quarter to the beautiful and affluent suburbs where the trees start and all factories were banned. From the Golden Mile with the Golden Boys to the last remaining back-to-backs that survive in the City centre this is a real eye-opener.

We arrive at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery for the lunch break. Choose a nearby pub or cafe or dine in the beautiful Edwardian Tea Rooms inside the museum and enjoy the world class collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and the remarkable Staffordshire Hoard. This is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found anywhere in the world.

The Coffin Works in the Jewellery Quarter This small factory made coffin furniture (the handles, name plates and twirly bits) for Churchill and the Queen Mum. We see the original machinery in action and visit the shroud room where the ladies used to joke that they made clothes that people would die for. In the office with old fashioned ledgers, typewriters and a Gestetner machine the Bakelite telephone periodically rings and a funeral director calls in to order his stock. Vintage, atmospheric and surprisingly good fun.

Finish at 4.45pm after time to buy tea.

With the Coffin Works:

Monday - Wednesday all year

Adults & Seniors: £25

Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019

Birmingham SleepOvers

Come and stay over for City sightseeing

and the Birmingham Christmas Market

or combine a stay with visits to Lichfield

and the National Memorial Arboretum.

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5 miles