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Package tour | Roundhouse x Coffin Works

A landscape showing a red brick building with multiple arched windows and a burgundy double door.

£18.50 (inc. VAT)

Make a day of it!  

Find out about the graft and craft of working-class Brum with three experiences for one ticket! 

An extended, comprehensive 90-minute tour of the Roundhouse, a guided canal walk, and a tour of the Coffin Works. The perfect package for local history buffs or people wanting to know about the history of working people in Birmingham.

Further details

Description

Back by popular demand, join us for a proper Birmingham day out.  

Your day will start with the Introducing the Roundhouse tour. An informal and interactive guided tour of the Roundhouse site, which tells the Roundhouse’s story from canal wharf to noisy Victorian public works stables, right through to a new purpose as a modern-day heritage and wellbeing hub. After lunch, take a short guided walk along the canal to the Coffin Works for a tour of their beautiful space. 

In its time, the Coffin Works was a Victorian Jewellery Quarter factory and produced some of the world’s finest coffin furniture, including those for many royals. Today the workbenches are still full of all the original stock and tools of the trade, and with some of the original machinery working again, you can truly experience the sights, sounds and stories of this hidden gem.

The Roundhouse, the canals and the Coffin Works are extremely photogenic. Be sure to bring your camera! 

What’s included:

  • A guided tour telling the stories of the craft and graft of Birmingham’s workers.
  • Spend the morning at the Roundhouse learning about the workers who were based at this unique building, and the afternoon at the Coffin Works in their preserved coffin-furniture factory.
  • Fully guided by our team of trained and experienced tour guides.

What happens on the day:

  • On arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the Visitor Centre where you will get issued with a headset that allows you to hear the tour guide clearly.
  • This guided tour stays at the Roundhouse for the morning, learning about its’ significant role in Birmingham’s development.
  • After the Roundhouse tour there will be a break for lunch. Bring your own picnic or book a table at on-site Ristorante Caffe Arena or The Distillery.
  • Following the break, you will enjoy a leisurely guided walk along Birmingham’s canals, taking you to the Coffin Works.
  • Explore the historic coffin furniture manufactory, brought back to life in a unique time-capsule museum.
  • This tour finishes at the Coffin Works.

What about the weather?: Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we need to cancel the tour because of very poor weather, we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.

What should I wear?: Our cobbled courtyard and the city streets can be a little uneven, slippery and steep in places, and this tour will involve some walking. Sturdy, sensible shoes are your friend! Don’t forget to wear clothes suitable for a day outdoors as well.

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: One Wednesday and one Sunday per month, May-October.

Time Slot: 11:30am-4:00pm, including 1 hour lunch break.

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

Finishing Point: The Coffin Works, at approximately 3.30pm.

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

Duration: The experience will take around 4 hours 30 minutes in total, starting at the Roundhouse at 11:30am. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to get checked in.

Suitable For: 12+, all under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Number of Steps? Probably around 2500 steps. A little movement around the Roundhouse site and a walk to the Coffin Works. Requires a basic level of fitness and mobility.


Visitor Information

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

Roundhouse Birmingham 

Your tour 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. Please bring plug in headphones if you have them, or you can use those we have available. 

If a number of people in your group 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. 

Our Victorian cobbles can be a little uneven and steep in places, and most Roundhouse Birmingham experiences willinvolve some walking. View our access page for more details on what to expect when you’re here, though sturdy, sensible shoes are recommended.  

Canal walk to the Coffin Works 
The route is designed with access in mind, avoiding stairs where possible. The walk does contain a couple of steep heritage ramps, and narrow towpaths.   

Coffin Works 
Access to the building for wheelchair users is through the double gates into the courtyard, to the left of the main entrance. Staff are always at hand to help and can guide visitors, if necessary, into the courtyard and via the accessible ramp to the shop and reception area to purchase tickets and wait for the tour to begin. The museum is fully accessible with a lift to all floors. 

Food/drink:

As part of the day out, there’s a one-hour lunch break after your first tour. Ticket holders receive 20% off food at The Distillery pub and 10% off food and drink at Ristorante Caffe Arena. Discount is valid on the day of your tour on production of your ticket. Booking is recommended.

Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in our courtyard. 

Venue: The Roundhouse

Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE

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