Birmingham is known for its extensive canal network, which enabled this landlocked city to grow into a global manufacturing centre. Crisscrossing the modern city centre, the canals have also been at the heart of the city's regeneration projects in the past 30 years. On this tour, we will explore how the canals have changed over time, discover why we have a bridge named after a day, hear about who was the most unlikely visitor to one of our local watering holes, and much more besides. Coinciding with Autism Awareness Week, all tips from the April 6 tour will be donated to the National Autistic Society in the UK.
Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Ian, a professionally qualified guide. I hold the Blue Badge, which is the UK’s highest tour guiding qualification and have many years’ experience guiding in both English and German. My passion is sharing places and stories with people from around the world, and helping them discover more about this country and particularly the Midlands, where I have lived for almost all my life. I have a friendly and informal style and always aim to bring history to life with anecdotes about people and events rather than just dry facts. I love the sense of community with Heygo and enjoy seeing the same people joining multiple tours. On all of my tours you can expect information, humour and friendly conversation. I want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience as you take a walk with your new friend in England. Wherever in the world you are from, I look forward to giving you the warmest of British welcomes.
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 content creator.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator 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 content creator 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 channel, 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.
20 July 2021
Surprise tour - great choice.
19 July 2021
I learned so much! Great guide
Nina (Toronto) B.
19 July 2021
Very interesting tour!
18 July 2021
Always love Ian's informative, entertaining tours!
Mark (UK) R.
18 July 2021
Ian is one of my favorite tour guides. Always happy and smiling with lots of interesting information. Thanks Ian