There’s a real buzz about the new improved Birmingham – a city of beautiful squares, greenery and public art. Visit the extraordinary new Library of Birmingham, see the Staffordshire Hoard and take an entertaining City panorama. 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 before exploring this extraordinary building from the Elizabethan style Shakespeare Memorial Room to the garden terraces with far ranging views across the city to the countryside. Next an entertaining and illuminating coach tour telling the story of the city of a thousand trades - see the utopian model village of Bournville where the Quaker Cadbury family built their factory and the beautiful and affluent suburbs where the trees start and factories were banned.
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 Pre-Raphaelite painting collection and the Staffordshire Hoard - the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found anywhere in the world.
The Coffin Works in the Jewellery Quarter - the factory made coffin furniture (the handles, name plates and twirly bits) for Churchill and the Queen Mum. See the original machinery in action and visit the shroud room where the ladies used to joke that they made clothes 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 fun.