With the motto "Forward", Birmingham has always been a city of innovation and change. Throughout history, it has re-invented itself many times to adapt to a changing world. This tour focuses on the city's transformation over the past 40 years, from a declining industrial giant to a dynamic, modern and optimistic global city for the 21st century. As well as some of Birmingham's iconic modern architecture, we will see what remains of previous re-inventions that have not yet been swept away by the very latest developments.
Ian is a professionally qualified guide with over 15 years' experience guiding in English and German. He loves to share information about places through stories rather than lists of facts. On Ian's tours you will find out not just about the places, but about the people, events and secrets behind them. He's never happier than when he's bringing places to life for guests' enjoyment, and looks forward to giving you a warm British welcome wherever in the world you are from.
Ian has been guiding since Feb 2002
Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Birmingham with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Birmingham. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide's hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
27 March 2021
Ian is such an amazing guide
25 March 2021
Goes the extra mile to please his clients, a fabulous tour with Ian. Thank you.
04 March 2021
Ian is a very experienced and knowledgeable guide and his trips are very enjoyable. It was fascinating to see the rapidly changing face of Birmingham with some beautiful old and modern architecture.
03 March 2021
Another great tour from a great guide
02 March 2021
A very interesting tour around a Birmingham unrecognisaable from the one my wife studied at in the 1970s!!!!
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