Your day out will start with the Introducing the Roundhouse tour.
After that, there’s a one-hour lunch break with ticket holders eligible for a 20% visitor discount at either Jonathans in the Roundhouse, or next door at The Distillery.
After lunch, take a short guided walk along the canal to the Coffin Works for a tour of their beautiful space.
Further Info on the tours
Introducing the Roundhouse is 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.
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. Now 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 ticket price includes 20% off at Jonathans in the Roundhouse, 20% off at the Coffin Works Café and 20% discount off food at The Distillery. 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.
This tour ends at the Coffin Works.
Please Note: The Roundhouse, the canals and the Coffin Works are extremely photogenic. Bring a fully charged smartphone.
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.
Dates: The last Sunday of each month, April-October
For group bookings and other dates, complete the enquiry form on the Group Booking page.
Meeting Point: Check in at the Roundhouse Birmingham Visitor Centre, 10 minutes before the advertised tour start time.
Finishing Point: The Coffin Works
Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.
Duration: The experience will take around 4 hours in total, starting at the Roundhouse at 11:00. Please arrive around 10 minutes before the start time to get checked in.
Suitable For: 10+, 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.
Make sure to come along and check in at our Visitor Centre at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the day’s proceedings 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.
Your guide on the boats will use audio systems to ensure that they are audible in the busy city environment (near the boat engine!).
Headphones with a standard plug work with our audio system, so please do bring them along to use. If you don’t have them, we have disposables for you to use (although we like to limit using them, for obvious reasons).
The audio systems are compatible with hearing loops which are available on arrival. If your whole group needs to use the audio loop, please let us know so we can prepare.
Our guided tours and walks will go ahead whatever the weather so plan accordingly.
At the Roundhouse
There is a sloped courtyard with an upwards incline to our Visitor Centre entrance. Staff are always at hand to help and can guide visitors if necessary.
Canal Walk to Coffin Works
The walk has no steps, but it does contain a couple of steep heritage ramps, and narrow towpaths.
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.
Venue: The Roundhouse
Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE