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Workers of the Roundhouse free drop-in tour

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays

Times: 11:30 and 14:00

A free and short interactive tour. You’ll discover the Victorian people (and horses) who made the Roundhouse a 24/7 hub for the city of Birmingham. You’ll also meet a lesser-known – but larger than life – architect, and ponder the question: why is it round…? 

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Description

During this free and interactive tour you’ll discover the Victorian people (and horses) who made the Roundhouse a 24/7 hub for the city of Birmingham. You’ll also meet a lesser-known – but larger than life – architect, and ponder the question: why is it round…? 

The tour is free but if you’re able, we accept contactless or cash donations on a pay-as-you-feel basis.  

Head to the Roundhouse Birmingham Visitor Centre around 15 minutes before the start time to sign up. 

Prefer a longer, more in-depth tour? We offer a 90 minute, full Introducing the Roundhouse tour for private group visits, or as part of a twice-monthly team-up public tour with the Coffin Works. You can find out more here: 

Introducing the Roundhouse Group tour

Roundhouse x Coffin Works guided package tour

Please Note: The Roundhouse is extremely photogenic. Bring a fully charged smartphone.  

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Great for: Anyone looking to explore something new (and old) in Birmingham; seekers of hidden gems; an alternative to a lecture-style museum tour; something memorable to do with visiting family and friends.  

Event Details

Dates: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until early-November.

Times: 11.30am-12.10pm, 2.00pm-2.40pm

No booking needed, just turn up and sign up.

Meeting Point: Check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre on arrival, 15 minutes before the advertised tour start time.

Finishing Point: Jonathans in the Roundhouse

Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.

Duration: 30-40 minutes

Suitable For: Ages 8+

Step count: Not many as we stay within the building and courtyard, so around 1000.


Visitor Info

Make sure to come along and check in at our Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour to make sure we are ready to start on time. 

Our Victorian cobbles can be a little uneven and steep in places, and most Roundhouse Birmingham experiences will involve some walking. Sturdy, sensible shoes are your friend!

Our guided tours and walks will go ahead whatever the weather so plan accordingly.

Your guide will use audio systems to ensure that they are audible in the busy city environment.

Tour headsets and hearing loops are available so everyone can hear clearly, bring plug in headphones if you have them, or use those we have available.

If you would benefit from the tour guide system’s hearing loop, call ahead to let us know on 0121 716 4077, or by emailing bookings@roundhousebirmingham.org.uk

Looking for something to eat and drink before or after your tour? Ticket holders receive 20% off food at The Distillery pub next door. Discount is valid on the day of your tour on production of your ticket. You will need to place your order through a member of staff. Booking is recommended. Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in the courtyard.

Group Booking FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Please get in touch with us to organise a group booking.

Alternatively please visit our Group Booking Page for more information on how to make a booking enquiry.

Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.

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