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A big year for Roundhouse Birmingham as tours return for 2024

A big year for Roundhouse Birmingham as tours return for 2024

This blog is from our Tours and Activities Officer, Ella.

My last blog post focussed on the joys of winter wandering in Brum – which there were plenty of. But I tell you what, I’m ready for the sunshine now! Seeing bright yellow daffodils cropping up in our courtyard, and all the wonderful first signs of spring, has got me so excited to experience the Roundhouse in the sunshine – brighter, busier, and a true Birmingham highlight.

It’s a big year for us – our 4th summer calling this beautiful building our home and the Roundhouse building’s 150th Birthday – we’ve got so many exciting things ahead. Behind-the-scenes, we’ve been cooking up our 2024 tour season, and we’re thrilled to announce this year’s array of exciting and engaging tours, starting on Wednesday 27th of March. We’ve got so much to offer throughout the spring and summer months, including several new tours for this year, and we can’t wait to get started.

With the weather getting brighter, the tour program fast approaching, and a fabulous new independent Italian restaurant on site,things are starting to get busier here in the Visitor Centre. I can’t wait to see our volunteer tour guides giving folks a tour of our charming, cobbled courtyard, people enjoying sitting in the sunshine at our picnic tables, more kayaks setting off from our pontoon, and groups heading off into the city to learn more about its heritage.

I have been training some of our new heritage tour guide volunteers, and their dedication, passion and love for the Roundhouse has meant that they have been an absolute joy to work with. I’m so excited for people to experience the brilliant tours that they have been working on delivering. Like many of our volunteers, existing and new, a number of us have lived in Birmingham for a long time (or are even born and bred Brummies!). However, before delving into it all here at the Roundhouse, we hadn’t previously known much about its vibrant and varied history. That’s where our tours come in – offering insights and stories that you won’t find sat at a desk, reading through a textbook.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast eager to delve into the city’s past or seeking a new experience with an on-the-water adventure, we have something special for everyone. Our tours are ideal for your next day out with the family, to introduce you to Birmingham and its vibrant history, for a unique date idea, a birthday present, hen/stag dos, or just a way to see the city it differently.

Head to our ‘Things to Do’ page on our website to book tours and activities online or give us a call to book over the phone on 0121 7164077 (Wednesdays-Sundays).

For any questions or queries, feel free to reach out to us via email at hello@roundhousebirmingham.org.uk, or give us a call at our Visitor Centre on 0121 7164077.

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